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Weekend on the Gulf Coast

Weekend on the Gulf Coast

Sailing, Fishing & Family

July 192017

We had an excellent adventure sailing with North Star Sailing Charters on Friday night, July 14.  Captain Jim King provided an experience that we will never forget.  When we started our cruise, he gave us a safety briefing and a drink holder and even had our names memorized before we were out of the harbor.  He encouraged us to explore his wonderful boat and let my sister-in-law Andra do the steering.  His hospitality was unusually excellent, and he made extra effort to find us porpoises to photograph.  The sunset was lovely and we enjoyed every minute of the experience.  Jim is a true professional.

 

On Saturday, a big group of us headed out to do some deep sea fishing with Skipper Charters, where we caught red snapper, shark and a trigger fish.  We started out pretty fresh and excited but by 2:30 we thought we were going to die of the heat.  The fish were not doing a lot of biting, so we didn’t catch our limits, but we had a great time and nobody got seasick!  Although Dennis was proud of catching the first fish, the big winner of the day award went to Gabe and Daniel, who both reeled in sharks that weighed over 50 lbs.  They split a good pot and Daniel got to take the trophy home for a while since Gabe went straight to sleep when we got back.

 

That night, we celebrated Pop’s August birthday with a big party and cake and he even blew out the candles.

 

It was a wonderful weekend with family, and we had a fabulous time.

 

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No Place Like Home
July 112017

We live in Clinton, Mississippi, a wonderful little place right in the center of the universe. It’s a great place to be from and a great place to come back to.

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Mt Rainier, Washington

Mt Rainier, Washington

A beautiful sight in the sun

July 112017

We caught Washington State on a gorgeous sunny weekend, with not a drop of rain the whole time.  The beauty of the area was intense but it’s a big place and we drove more than we wanted to.  Seeing the giant trees and the mountains in the clear air was worth it!  See all my photos on Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/29887034@N07/sets/72157672121240793

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Disneyworld Pandora
July 112017

Jim and I visited Pandora the week it opened and the line was 4 hours long.  The ride itself was about 4 minutes long.  To say it was a disappointment would be an insult to disappointments.  You’re basically seated on a simulated motorbike and watching a gigantic movie screen that is about 10 feet in front of you.  The ride moves a bit, about as much as the little bouncy horse in front of Piggly Wiggly that we all rode when we were 4 years old.  The sides of it move in and out as the creature “breathes” and every now and then you get sprayed in the face with water. The line to get to the ride was very expensive as it was highly decorated and made of some kind of textured cement and fake plants.  If the line was 30 minutes or less, I would go again, though.  Because then it would be worth it!

We did have a great time on the Safari ride looking at the animals, although some of them (looking at you, warthog) were so still I wasn’t sure they were actual animals.

 

 

 

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Still a quiet town on the Atlantic Coast, NSB has everything you need for a great vacation.  The beach is a turtle nesting site, so at the right times of year, you may find baby turtles scrambling out of the sand.  The coastal breeze keeps the humidity down, and there is very little traffic on the main roads.  There are lots of exciting places to visit within a couple of hours’ drive as well.

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