Last month local adventure guides Alex “Squatch” Tabone and Serena “Siren” Bass kicked off a river-bound journey worthy of earnest admiration. The Palm Valley residents and co-owners of Squatch and Siren Adventure Guides–a St. Johns County-based outdoor tour company with environmental advocacy written into its DNA–embarked on a  246-mile journey via the Suwannee River, setting off atop standup paddle boards from the gator infested waters of the Okefenokee swamp on their way to the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way they planned to collect trash in an effort to raise awareness for protecting the Sunshine State’s aquatic resources.

Not an undertaking for the faint of heart, to be sure. And certainly one that’s bound to present certain trials and tribulations. So when we recently received a message from “Squatch,” we were bummed, but not surprised to learn of the couple’s first such complication.

From “Squatch”:

…while going through Big Shoals (Florida’s only Class 3 rapids) I sliced my foot bad and needed sutures… we collected a lot more trash than we were expecting, though.

We’ll spare you the picture of his foot he sent along with the message, and only tell you that it’s all good. The couple plans on restarting the mission soon. In the meantime, check out this neat video they made highlighting the first (truncated) part of the journey.