One of my favorite places to be is on the water with my family on a calm day. I'm not a big fan of going far out. I've been miles and miles and miles off shore on not-so-calm-days, and, well, it weren't pretty. There is no fish in the world worth that, my friend.
But our local, untouched coastline... it's nothing short of overwhelming.
A few weekends ago, we loaded the kids in the boat to pick up a few scallops. It turned out to be a fairly productive outing, even though we didn't get the first scallop; we never even made it to the picking-up-scallops-place. Instead of masks and snorkels, we strapped on our good Samaritan hats to save a drifter. Seriously. We were halfway to Scallop Central when we found a guy drifting along holding up his sunken, water-filled jet ski. He had floated along for nearly 3 hours before we found him. Crazy thing is we didn't leave the marina until 4:30 or so, much later than normal people decide to go scalloping. Anyway, we helped this tired, sunburnt, dehydrated guy into the boat, gave him a towel and a bottle of water and took him and his sunken jet ski back to shore. We were on the water for over 3 hours and only picked up a human. No scallops for us.
A few days ago, we gave Round 2 a shot and headed out. Although we kept our eyes open, we didn't see anyone needing anything more than a just a small dose of common sense. It was a perfect day to not have to save someone.
I was hoping we'd see dolphins and we did!! One even jumped and twirled in the air for us! Too bad I didn't have my camera at the ready for the acrobatics.
I love the view of the marina from the water. Such a fun little place.
While Lee was getting the boat loaded and pulled out of the water, the kids and I played along the water's edge. We take some much for granted...
The hard part of scalloping begins when you get home...
That little bit of scallops only set us back $84. I'll never complain about sea-food prices again.
I'll just complain about gas prices. Boats use a lot of gas.
And just in case you don't believe we're quite backwoods enough, I'll leave you with a little bit of proof...
That's my boy.