Written by Mark DeCotis FLORIDA TODAY
Melbourne’s Rod Lee is one of them.
Following a gig as a landscaper and after the death of his father, Gordon, in January, the 63-year-old Lee — an outdoorsman, hiker, cyclist, sub four-hour marathon runner and multiple patent-holding kayak entrepreneur — decided to do something he always wanted. He launched a business called Eckotreks by Rod.
At least that’s the plan but things could be delayed somewhat since much of the land Lee has traversed for nearly a half century is under water due to heavy recent rains.
But he is progressing with this plan to introduce his venture to the masses, display his equipment and debut his website at a launch party from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Front Street Civic Center in downtown Melbourne.
After all, he is anxious to share the wonders of what lies beyond the St. Johns with as many people as possible. Just speaking about it injects a pronounced enthusiasm into his soft-spoken manner.
“I get so tired of people, I’ve been out there for 45 years, I just got so tired of hearing comments that that land out there is wasteland, that there’s nothing out there,” he said.
“I know better because there’s hidden things out there that just will leave you in awe. I’ve taken thousands of pictures over the years.”
Among what Lee calls the wonders are three hidden forests… Click to read the rest of the article!