EXPLORER TO SPEND 5 MONTHS LIVING IN FLORIDA’S EVERGLADES: Documenting his odyssey to raise international awareness for Greater Everglades restoration
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – On June 1, 2014, Justin Riney of Riney Ranch will embark on a 5-month solo exploration of Florida’s Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, a project he’s titled “Everglade Exile.” Known for his award-winning Expedition Florida 500 circumnavigation in 2013, Riney will spend much of 2014 in the southwestern corner of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, exploring the area’s mysterious archipelago and storied labyrinth of waterways from Marco Island to Florida Bay.
“My goal is to learn as much as possible about this special place so that I can become a lifelong voice and advocate for its preservation,” says Riney. “To do that effectively, I need to experience it from the trenches–to feel it, breathe it, live it on a daily basis.”
Riney’s chosen the months of June through October for his studies, a time of year the locals refer to as “the off-season” in the Everglades. The bugs, heat, humidity, and tropics will be at their peak, but this timing allows greater freedom to explore areas of Everglades National Park with fewer visitors and restrictions.
Cynthia Trone will be supporting Riney on the ground remotely from Tequesta, Florida, assisting with admin, logistics, and any emergency situations should they arise. Riney will also work with a handful of locals near Everglades City for additional support with logistics and provisions. Traveling primarily by paddleboard, Riney will navigate the historic waters alone, camping and documenting his journey through daily writings and photography on social media outlets. This strategy proved effective with Expedition Florida 500–the project was featured in the New York Times, inspired an audience of over 20,000 internationally, and won nearly 50 environmental awards.
With an impressive family of sponsors that include Patagonia, BOTE Boards, Gerber Gear, Watershed Drybags, Costa Sunglasses, Goal Zero, Pelican Products, The Original Muck Boot Company, Quiksilver, Rite in the Rain, Sperry Top-Sider, Buff, SKINS, Insect Shield, ENO, Spot GPS, and Elevation Health, Riney is quickly earning the respect of the outdoors community for his work as an explorer and conservationist. If Everglade Exile is anything like last year, fans can expect a wild ride full of adventure, captivating stories, stunning photography, and plenty of surprises.
A small gathering and send off is being held at Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar in Jupiter on May 30th from 5:30 to 7:30PM. The public and media are invited to attend. Riney will paddle casually with supporters, share stories about his travels, and answer questions about the upcoming project.
For additional information or questions, please contact Cynthia Trone at (561) 629-3765 or by email at email@example.com. Follow Riney’s travels online at rineyranch.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rineyranch.
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About Riney Ranch
Riney Ranch chronicles the travels of explorer Justin Riney. The journey begins June 1st with Everglade Exile. “My goal is to learn as much as possible about this special place so that I can become a lifelong voice and advocate for its preservation,” says Riney. “To do that effectively, I need to experience it from the trenches–to feel it, breathe it, live it on a daily basis.”