A seasoned outdoorsman, Rod converts his love of nature into three- or four-hour expeditions that explore Melbourne's flourishing wildlife on canoe, kayak, bike, airboat, and foot at EcoTreks by Rod. Athletes aged 12 years and older (with exceptions made for highly skilled younger children) delve into areas around St. John's River that are wilder than an unbroken My Little Pony . Gators, birds, and colossal trees make guest appearances during adventures that loop back to the base at Camp Holly. A running narrative of local history accompanies excursions atop modified kayaks that feature adjustable seats and foot rests, superior back support, and a special tracking rudder to facilitate smooth gliding and fend off unruly merpeople. Rained-out journeys result in gifted tickets for future tours.