Reliving the 2013 IRL Paddle Adventure though Capt. John Kumiski’s Words

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JK Photo Dead seagrass

John and I didn’t see any seagrass on the bottom of the most prolific Lagoon in the North American continent (It is only one-to-three feet overall) for over sixty miles from south of Titusville to north of Ft. Pierce Inlet. But there was beaucoup rotting seagrass on the shoreline.

“Rodney noticed something floating in the water. We changed course to investigate. A heartbreaking sight greeted our eyes. A baby dolphin, dead and bloated, woodenly in the waves. Its mother was with it, nosing it, trying to get a response that the baby dolphin was incapable of giving.” Captain John writes in his, The Indian River Lagoon Chronicles, “During the summer of 2013, the lagoon became a mysterious mass for thousands of birds, fish, and mallams, including scores of bottlenose dolphins.”

"Not many of the meals that we cooked during our trip were memorable.  That trout and mullet, pan-fried over our ancient Coleman stove and eaten as we watched a speactacular sunset over the lagoon, was." It's the first time in the book that I disagree with Capt. John, very meal was memorable!

“Not many of the meals that we cooked during our trip were memorable. That trout and mullet, pan-fried over our ancient Coleman stove and eaten as we watched a spectacular sunset over the lagoon, was.” It’s the first time in the book that I disagree with Capt. John, every meal was memorable!

NICK COLANTONIO CRUISE CALM WATERS. THIS WAS THE WAY IT WAS MOST OF THE TIME, BUT WHERE WAS NICK MOST OF THE TIME ON THE JOURNEY… JOHN AND I DIDN’T KNOW.

Nick Colantino cruise the calm lagoon waters. This was the way it was most of the time on our trip, flat calm! But where was Nick most of the time on the journey? John and I didn’t know.

Mike, Nick & Shep.

On the shoreline behind the Lagoon House Nick was spotted!

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On the southeast side of NASA Causeway, we had a marvelous time fishing! This black drum goes in the frypan that night.

Hallow Mangrove JK Face copy

Captain John stares out of a giant black mangrove south of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island.

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At the ramp on Loxahatchee River at Loxahatchee River Environmental Center at the end of our nineteen-day bittersweet journey.

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Capt. John Kumiski, Darryl “Bones” Benton, Mike Conneen, Mim Duncan, Nick Colantonio, & me, posed for a photograph during our Five -Annervasy at St. Sebastian River in March 2018.

On December 1, 2013, five intrepid paddlers launched their vessels at JB’s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Their destination? Jupiter, Florida, 160 miles distant. During their nineteen-day voyage of discovery, they travel the length of the Indian River Lagoon, meeting birds, snails, manatees, and mangroves, dolphins, scientists, restaurateurs, and seagrasses, other paddlers, the ghost of Henry Flagler, and much more.

Into the tale of their journey is woven the forgotten history of the people who lived along the lagoon’s banks- Indians, soldiers, settlers, agriculturalists, fishermen, treasure hunters, entrepreneurs, dredgers and many others.

“The story of the Indian River Lagoon, one of Florida’s most fantastic natural resources, needed to be told,” said author John Kumiski. “What better way to tell it than by using a paddle adventure as a narrative thread to bind it all together?”

Relive their journey between the covers of The Indian River Lagoon Chronicles- A Narrative Paddle Adventure Through the History and Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon, a wonderful book!

The Indian River Lagoon Chronicles- A Narrative Paddle Adventure Through the History and Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon, by John Kumiski, (6″ x 9″, 192 pages) is available from Argonaut Publishing Company, 284 Clearview Road, Chuluota, FL 32766, (407) 977-5207, www.spottedtail.com. The price is $19.95 (plus tax) plus $5.95 shipping.

Learn more at http://www.spottedtail.com/indian-river-lagoon-chronicles

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