The weather this past week was incredible! It was less than five knots and the ocean was like glass. The sun was shining and adventure was calling our names. The Langdale and Call Families visited the Abacos for their spring break adventures and boy, what a terrific time we had. It almost seems impossible to tell the tales because there were far too many to count. But, the true adventurer in me is always willing to give it a shot.
Early the first morning, the guys set out on an offshore adventure of our own. Where the frigatebirds were plucking their prey from the water, our lines were out and waiting for our own fresh catch by 7:45AM. Coleman Call reeled in his first Mahi - a 25 pounder at that - and we had three more in the box ready to go. We were heading back in around 9AM to pick up the ladies so we could spend the rest of the day island hopping and snorkeling. We snorkeled over at Tilloo Bank where the starfish, sand dollars, and sea biscuits seemed to be an endless supply. For lunch we ventured to Pete’s Pub where the adults chatted away and the kids roamed through the caves. When we headed home for the day, dolphins swam alongside the boat trying to play the whole way.
The snorkeling was fantastic. We saw schools of fish move from reef to reef, stingrays peacefully shed their sandy disguise, and eels feast on lionfish at the end of my spear. Barracudas darted between schools of fish, dining on their favorite one. Underwater adventures are displayed like a movie on a screen. The kids watched with a keen eye and savored every moment of each performance we saw.
Early one morning, Pope, William, Tom, and I set off to a secret spot while the girls slept in to recuperate from an evening of fun the night before. Pope headed into the creek to target some bonefish while Tom, William, and I stayed on the outside to successfully spear some fish. After about three hours of fun, we headed back to the dock with three Hogfish and a Mutton Snapper weighing around 20 pounds. I think little William caught the spearfishing fever. This was his first adventure catching fish underwater and he was a pro. I am super proud of him!
A great lunch at Baker’s Bay gave us the energy we needed to head over to the north side and enjoy the gorgeous beach. We had a great day enjoying the beauty of the Abacos. At the close of our day, we decided to take the ocean route home hoping to target some Tuna, but instead we got quite the surprise. A pod of Pilot Whales were dancing in the water. Amazing! The kids awed and squealed in excitement (and I think the adults on board did too!) We all grabbed our cameras and started snapping shots of this jaw dropping site. Pope and I decided to slid in the water to get a closer look. This might possibly have been the craziest decision we could have made, but oh so worth the adventure. It was, hands down, one of the coolest things I have ever done. We were within ten feet of these creatures and it is breathtaking to see how massive they actually are. Despite their size, their gracefulness is undeniably magnificent. They are incredibly gentle and majestic as they glide through the water. This is an experience of a lifetime and no one can take the memory of that adventure away from any of us.
I am sad to see everyone leave because we’ve had such a great time, but I am blessed. It’s true. I have a life that allows me to have fun on the job all the time. What I love most is that I can visit the same spots to catch fish or snorkel the same reef time after time, yet I can still be awed by the awesomeness and magnitude of the ocean. This past week has been filled with amazing adventures left and right. What has been most thrilling is to see each of these adventures through the eyes of the kids.
A great big thank you to my friends Pope, Evelyn, Lanier, Isabel, and William Langdale and Tom, Kelly, Chandler, Sara Kate, and Coleman Call for an adventure-filled, memory-making week!