Florida’s Wild Birds – Kayaking the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
What a treat we had today while on the water! The Atlas V rocket took off soaring into the big blue Florida sky from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, at 12:13 pm. Needless to say, the group we had out on the water were psyched to be able to watch a launch from the water in the Indian River Lagoon.
The Atlas V delivered a GPS satellite into space for the US Air Force. The GPS IIF-11 is the 11th in a series of 12 satellites for the Air Force and is developed to improve navigational information for our troops across the globe.
If you want to Kayak with Rockets in Cocoa Beach, the NASA launch schedule for the remainder of 2015 is scheduled as follows:
Kayaking year round with Adventure Kayak. Today we explored the mangrove tunnels of Cocoa Beach and immediately spotted a Great Blue Heron fishing along the water’s edge.
The red mangrove roots provide shelter for fish and reptiles alike.
The mangrove tunnels of Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands are perfect for protection from strong winds, but can be challenging to navigate through without a tour guide.
An Anhinga, also known as the “snake bird” sits on a tree branch while drying it’s wings in the sun. Anhinga dive under water to fish and cannot fly until their wings are dry enough. Ramp Road Park in Cocoa Beach is one of 2 public launching parks that provide access to the Thousand Islands. Ramp Road Park is best to launch from during the week and guided tours are not allowed on the weekends.