Peace River Fossil Float

Peace River Fossil Float

Karen Lyndall — August 19, 2003

Creation Expeditions is a creation science based group who want to open the eyes of the world to the truth about God, and the creation story. One way to accomplish this goal is through the Peace River Fossil Floats that they organize and guide.

Three years ago my family participated in our first Peace River Fossil Float in Arcadia, Florida. The float offered a weekend opportunity to canoe, dig for fossils and learn about creation. Orientation was held on opening night in order to give instructions and familiarize the adventurers with the types of fossils usually found in the river. These types include the giant sloth, mammoth, saber tooth tiger, alligator, horse, dugong, dolphin, shark teeth, turtle, whale and many more. Participants also met the DeRosa family who operates Creation Expeditions and guides the nine-mile canoe trip down the river. The evening ended and everyone retired with much anticipation for tomorrow’s big adventure.

The next morning we woke up early, packed lunches and all the equipment we needed for the trip. We headed to the meeting room for a delicious pancake breakfast. The bus arrived at eight to take us to the canoe outpost. When we arrived, everyone loaded up their things and climbed into the canoes. Once in the water, my mother and I got completely turned around and almost flipped the canoe. My father and brother were not having as much trouble as we were. After the group got settled into their canoes, we headed down river. Along the way the guides stopped and helped everyone out of the canoes and into the water. We dug for fossils all along the shore and even in the middle of the river. After we had spent some time at one location, the guides would tell everyone to load up. A few times my mother and I would get stuck in the mud and need help getting free. One time when our canoe got stuck in the mud, we had to get out of the canoe. When I pushed the canoe into deeper water, I told Mom she could get back in the canoe. She, however, had other plans. When she lifted her leg to place it back into the canoe, she started swaying and ended up in the water. It was hysterical! After we had stopped at all the fossil spots, everyone headed for the canoe depot. Then we loaded up the bus and started for the campground. After we had cleaned up, we went to the meeting room for a hot dog and chili dinner. The guides showed us how to lay out our finds, so they could inspect them. Certificates could be awarded in three categories: the most fossils of one kind, the most complete fossil, and the most unique fossil. My brother was awarded the most unique fossil because he found the tooth of a sperm whale. We were told that there had only been one other sperm whale tooth found on this river by Creation Expeditions. The awards ceremony ended a very tiring, but enjoyable day.

On Sunday we attended a service for a time of praising God. The DeRosa family led us in singing songs of praise that were encouraging and uplifting. After singing, we opened our Bibles to Genesis to read the Creation story. Then the group was encouraged to share what God had shown them through this trip down the river. The service ended with prayer. When the meeting was over, the group packed their belongings and headed home.

Taking this trip down river was the most rewarding experience of my life. Every year I look forward to my next trip. There is always something new to see and learn. Creation Expeditions continues to offer the Peace River Fossil Float, and has also opened a dinosaur dig in Colorado, and will open one in South Dakota next year. They also organize groups to swim with the manatees in Crystal River, Florida. Creation Expeditions continues to look for new opportunities to share the love of God in the science field. My desire is to participate in the Creation Expeditions’ mission to help people open their hearts to God and the wonder of His creation.