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Gone Fishin’

Sort of. I don’t know about you, but I never completely walk away from my job as a writer. I’m constantly checking email for updates and news from my readers. I’m working on edits and covers, marketing and all the hubbub that surrounds my business. I don’t mind it, because I enjoy every part of what I do. It’s a part of me. It’s what I choose to do.

fishing in the keys

However, this weekend I took a break and went fishing with the family. It was a treat and totally took me away from everything but the sun, the sea and time with my kids. We chartered a boat and headed for the Gulf stream outside the Florida Keys on the hunt for dolphin. It took several hours of trolling, but I have to say, being on the open water is one of my favorite things to do. I love it. Absolutely love it.

Between us, we managed to catch half a dozen. Not a huge number but the excitement was huge. Just ask my son. Even a can of soda couldn’t keep the little guy’s eyes open.

exhaustion in the keys

Of course the dinner menu called for dolphin. It was delicious!

fresh fish dinner

But then again, how can you go wrong with fresh fish? In my book, it doesn’t get any fresher. Speaking of books, perhaps I see a research fishing trip in my future? Handsome boat captain meets gorgeous fisherwoman?

Works for me!

Boca Grande

Spent a few days in Boca Grande and what a beautiful, secluded place. I have a cousin that moved there a few years back, and has been inviting us down to visit for some time. Well, life is busy, schedules are booked. It never happened. Then, a cousin of my father’s called, mentioning she would be in Florida and how about a visit? Lo and behold, we had two cousins within an hour of one another and a spontaneous trip was arranged!

Boca Grande 2

And I’m so glad it worked out. Boca Grande is a neat place. If you ever get the chance to visit, take it. Small, quaint and tropical, the island is surrounded by water–beautiful beaches and some of the best inlet fishing in the world. In fact, watching fishing tournaments on television is how I first heard of Boca Grande. My son proved the point by catching two snapper, a pinfish and a Jack Crevalle right from their dock!

The fun didn’t stop there. My cousin treated us to a boat tour regaling us with tales of how the dolphin would follow him along as he traveled the bay. We thought that was very cool and sure enough, when he took us to his special spot, the dolphin appeared! They swam behind us, jumping and twisting–it was quite exciting! I have to say, viewing them up close in the wild is far better than any commercial aquarium experience I’ve had.

Boca Grande

From walking the beach to riding with dolphins, the few days we spent in Boca Grande were memorable. Even saw Laura Bush out for a stroll through town on our way out! Famous sightings, gorgeous scenery, this definitely ranks a spot on your to do list.

BTW, if you haven’t already tried it, Pic Stitch is a neat app for your iPhone. My daughter took these pictures over the weekend and put them together in these collages Pic Stitch. Very cool. 🙂

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