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Kayaking Eddy Creek

Posted by Dean Pettit on 29. February 2012 with No Comments

Kayaking Eddy Creek, Canaveral National Seashore, Fl. September 22, 2011

View of Eddy Creek from my kayakIt was just after dawn as I pushed my way kayak from the launch site and into the waters of Eddy Creek at Canaveral National Seashore. As I paddled the kayak gained speed and soon I was into a paddling rhythm. Schools of mullet swirled ahead of me as the kayak made a barely discernible hiss through the water.  As I paddled along the southern shoreline of the creek a movement about 100 yards ahead on the shoreline ahead of me caught my attention. It was a large alligator casually entering the water. It seemed to be about 10 feet in length, but then again they always look bigger when you are in a kayak. (more…)

Scrub Jays at Dicerandra Sanctuary

Posted by Dean Pettit on 28. February 2012 with No Comments

Dicerandra Sanctuary Hike; Titusville, Florida, Date; 02/20/2012

Dicerandra Sanctuary as seen from the scrub ridgeThe Dicerandra Sanctuary is a property purchased and maintained by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered lands Program and lies within the city of Titusville. It is so named due to a plant that exists there and in the surrounding area, but is not known to exist anywhere else. Dicerandra Thinicola is one of five Dicerandra species known to exist in Florida and each has a very localized population on various sand ridges, or ancient beach dunes throughout the state. The Dicerandra Sanctuary is 44 acres in size and has about a 1 mile hiking trail that loops around the property and habitats range from a depression wetlands on the east side to Atlantic Coastal Ridge Scrub Habitat to the west.  The property is also home to many other species including Florida Scrub Jays, Gopher Tortoise, various Raptors, songbirds, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and more. In my opinion it is the Scrub Jays that are the star of this hike and this is a must hike for birders wanting to add Florida Scrub Jay to their life list. (more…)

OMG! I have stepped into the Blogosphere!

Posted by Dean Pettit on 28. February 2012 with 1 Comment
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cover.jpgWell, I’ve done it, and have stepped into the Blogosphere. ( Is it supposed to feel all squishy?) Now what? And where is it? Wherever it is I’m in it and ready blog about Florida’s Space Coast, in my opinion one of the greatest outdoor playgrounds on the planet.  This blog is designed as a companion site to my other site, SpaceCoastOtdoors.Net, which is a directory of locations and other information concerning Fishing, Birdwatching, Kayaking, Hiking, Biking, Backcountry Camping, Surfing, Snorkeling and more. This site is more articles about specific locations, as well as my own personal adventures and thoughts about growing up along the Space Coast. So just who am I anyway? (more…)