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(Rambling haphazard index or table of contents)

SLS rocket!

I took this photo from the 16th floor of the VAB.

Look closely at the person on the test stand, (right side) to get a jaw dropping understanding of how big this beast is.  Test roll out to the pad?  It was in March 2022

Home Page

My flintknapping addiction (creating stone tools & arrowheads)

Kim Ryba's collected stories of Horse rescue on Amazon

"It's a Matter of Luck"

My space center science fiction story on Kindle "Woodpecker"

My next writing project: Lake 33 Killing Relic, a work of fiction and woe set in the Radiation contamination zones of St. Charles County Missouri.

Name subject to change

EPA Superfund Site Weldon Springs

Working at Kennedy Space Center a collection of photos

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge FISHING PERMIT

Kayaking Canaveral National Seashore

Alligators of Kennedy Space Center and surrounding waters

Crayfish migrations on Kennedy Space Center

Troll River (Never know what the cast net will bring up)

Off limit areas...…….. Sort of

No Motor Zone

NASA Causeway

Got Badge?

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

KARS Park: Gateway to the NMZ

Launch viewing with car pass

Parker Solar Probe launch

Kayaking in the Fog, not just the normal foggy thought patterns but the white stuff

Pine Island, Indian River Lagoon & MR340 training

Local Kayak, SUP Races

Surfing Kennedy Space Center

88 Hours of mud and heat. A race story

Why enter the MR340 River Race?

MR340 Kayak Race Training

The Lagoon......

Mosquito Lagoon

Mosquito Lagoon: Not quite so normal day of training

Mosquito Lagoon: kayaking to the last Space Shuttle Launch

Bit of history and old stuff....

History & creation of the Indian River Lagoon

Part two of the History of the lagoon: A Dummit Creek review

         The Ais: Native Americans of Kennedy Space Center & the Indian River Lagoon

Spanish 1605 Exploration of the Space Coast and Indian River Lagoon

Ulumay Ais artifacts on Sykes Creek, Newfound Harbor area of Merritt Island.

Eye-witness account of the formation of the Indian River some seven thousand years ago.
A story of fiction

Chester Shoals House of Refuge (pre space program)

Space Center Land Grab

An Oddity found on the beach of KSC

Feeder creeks of the Indian River lagoon system...….

                           Turnbull Creek

                                   Sykes Creek

                                      Taylor Creek

                                    Banana Creek

                                      Pattillo Creek

Rivers of Florida around the Space Center

Econlockhatchee River

Peace River fossil hunt

Ichetucknee River

Suwannee River

Hillsborough River

Rivers and Creeks I DO NOT like

Night, we own it.....

Bioluminescence Expeditions

Bioluminescence paddling disaster story

Please, the environment.....

Rescue the Indian River Lagoon  -please

About Rescue the River

Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition

(help the lagoon

Report a Fish Kill

Port Canaveral lock problem...(Royal Flush)

Homeless camp, beach clean-up

Contamination and Cancer Hot Spots south of Patrick Air Force Base 

Please help the Brevard Zoo track terrapins on the IRL:

Fill out the

     Diamondback Terrapin sighting form

Long time in the past: My job as a Pan Am Diver

Extensive history of the Eastern Test Range (not mine)

Missouri items: The MR340 kayak/canoe race down the Missouri River brings me back to Missouri.

When not on the river I get a brief glimpse of the slowly changing rural Midwest.

I am often surprised......Sometimes dismayed

 Cindy & Kim's Great horse and mule stories at Every Cowgirl's Dream

Assaulted by O'Fallon

A comprehensive list of damages by the City of O'Fallon

Weldon Springs Uranium Processing Plant

O'Day Park and the pipeline leak

Eminent Domain: Creation of Augusta A. Busch Memorial Conservation and Weldon Springs Conservation Areas

Winter survey of the Missouri River for the MR340

EPA Inspector General and the disappointing failure

Lawsuit against the City of O'Fallon

And of course Lawsuit ends in victory by O'Fallon

Videos of flooding caused by the Park

Storm water failure by the City of O'Fallon

O'Day Park Turmoil

O'Day Park artifacts

Terminus! A review of one small park structure as an extrapolation of the O'day Park project & taxpayer abuse.

Malfeasance of the Missouri Department of Transportation & photos of a defective park entrance.

Letter to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety about the O'Day Park intersection on Highway DD

O'Day Park & the sad/deadly irresponsibility of MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation)
"The equestrian disaster that could have been prevented"

“Billy” Busch to build a 20,000-square-foot microbrewery on Benne Road & the neighbors are not happy. 

O'Day Park change in Water shed & increase of erosion

O'Day Park Concerts of opposition

O'Day Park and flooding of adjoining horse pastures

Stonebridge Stables

Plight of the Indiana Bat and the new housing development on the west side of the O'Day Creek

Streets of Caledonia

Presentation to the O’Fallon, Planning and Zoning Committee in opposition to paving the 200 acres

Letter sent to Channel 2 News in opposition to the clear cutting of 200 acres.

Mission Sunflower (Facebook Group) Are you brave enough to see how much radioactive waste is killing people in eastern Missouri ?

Space Center stuff:

Fall of the House of Shuttle

YouTube video of the SpaceX rocket being rolled to the KSC visitor center!!!!!!!

YouTube video with the NASA Administrator: BACK TO THE MOON IN FIVE YEARS (Excitement on KSC)

"Almost" all the Space X landings in order (You Tube just for fun!)

The 300' ML Mobile Launch Tower move to the beach launch pa

ML Mobile Launch Tower move from the Launch Pad to the VAB

NASA Guidelines for Dealing with the Media

Kennedy Space Center Mysteries?

Fred the Computer

An odd marker discovered (re-discovered) on KSC

The Ghost of Fort Christmas

Mystery hand print on Mosquito Lagoon

Sand dune restoration and an odd item under the sand

                  Art of the Space Center

      Art of the Space Center Page Two!

        Art of the Space Center Page Three!

What happed to page 4?

Fifth page of Space Center Art

 Vacation kayak paddle trip to the San Juan Islands

Paintball along the Space Coast

Favorite links:

Best link so far to space center area kayak outfitters (supporting local business)

Marine Resources Council  (Save the Indian River Lagoon)

Apalachicola Riverkeeper 

Be Florida Now Saving the lagoon one yard at a time

North Florida Springs !!!!

Paddle Florida (awesome)

Don's kayaking web site & his excellent book of kayaking stories "The idling bulldozer and other kayaking stories"

MR340 kayak canoe race (Forums)

Floating Dreams  (Video/drone footage of the MR340 Race)

WaterTribe  (Think your tough enough?)

Suwannee River 230 Canoe and Kayak Race. (Endurance race) (Think your tough enough?)

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Tickets to see Space Shuttle Atlantis at the KSC visitors center

Spot the International Space Station

Popular NASA links

Florida Springs Institute

Kayakfari   Such a cool site!

Kayak Catfish

Indian River Lagoon Research

Space Museum

Pterosaur Heresies (Just a cool site)

 Cindy & Kim's Great horse and mule stories at Every Cowgirl's Dream

Web cam on the Missouri River for the daily fix of river conditions:

Dundee web camera

Consider "Pre arranged" Parking spots for Launch Viewing: the Viewber Club

Brevard County Events (Space Coast)

MR340 Required and suggested equipment

MR340 Race Mistake #1  Paddling too Fast

2019 MR340 Kayak race delayed because of historic flooding

  Quality Kayak Expeditions of the Space Coast

About us

My other website: Pet Turkeys (navigates away from this page)

Excerpts from my book

"Freedom's Quest"

An Ais Story:  Conquistador

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For pet lovers around the globe, "It's a Matter of Luck" is a collection of heart warming stories of horse rescues from the slaughterhouse. 

Available on Amazon: 

Kim ryba

It's a Matter of Luck: Inspirational, Heartfelt Stories of Horses Given a Second Chance.

by Kim Ryba & Lina T. Lindgren

Warning: This book may cause your eyes to water in a good way. (speaking from experience after reading it)

Please give Kim and Lina a heartfelt review on Amazon!

Author Bruce Ryba

Author Bruce Ryba at Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39B & Artemis 1. "We are going to the Moon!"

Author's discussion (that's me) on You Tube of a book review on Amazon

For the video versions of information, please check out my YouTube Channel (Turkeys, Flintknapping, dive stories etc.)

My fictional series/stories on Florida history:

Freedoms Quest (book one)
Struggle for the northern frontier and other lost tales of old Florida. 

Available on Amazon

End of Empire

Desperate times call for bold action.
In a desperate move to retain Florida and protect the treasure-laden galleons on their dangerous return journey to Europe, the King of Spain issues a royal decree offering refuge to all English slaves who escape Florida and pick up a musket to defend the coquina walls of Saint Augustine.
In another bold gamble, the King offers refuge to the dissatisfied Indian nations of the southeast who will take up arms against the English.
Clans, traumatized by war and disease, cross the Spanish Frontier to settle the cattle-rich land and burned missions of Florida.

Follow the descendants of the conquistador Louis Castillo in remote Spanish Florida, a wild and swept by diseases, hurricanes, and northern invasions.

 Book Two: Available on Amazon!