nothing to see here

I’m still not running. I’m still resting.

I did ride the stationary bike 50 minutes today. I did a test ride for a few minutes to make sure it wouldn’t bother my calf – it didn’t, so I rode.

Nothing really exciting, 11 miles in 50 minutes. That’s pretty slow. I don’t even think my heart rate got over 120. Oh well. I worked up a little sweat and that made me feel better.

Wednesday was a complete rest day. I got dressed to workout, but my calf was really, really hurting so I decided it would be best if I just sat on the couch and iced it.


Since there is nothing going on around here – although I did make a really good crockpot dinner tonight; I’ll show you some of my favorite pictures from our Bahamas trip. (I’ll post the crockpot recipe tomorrow. it’s easy, It’ll take 5 seconds).

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Jupiter Inlet – Approximately 70 miles from West End, Grand Bahama.

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I love this picture of Chris. He is totally in his element.

There is a channel that runs from the north side of the island to the south side of the island which allows us easy access to either side.

The bummer about this channel is that it’s a NO WAKE ZONE..for 6.5 miles …

Last year was the first time we learned it was a no wake zone. There are signs up & down the channel that say speeding is punishable by 3 mths imprisonment.

6.5 miles takes about 1.5hrs.. in the blazing hot sun. Not fun.

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why yes, that is a car at the bottom of the channel. I’ve been coming to the Bahamas since I was 10. I’ve been through this channel more times than I can count and I’ve never seen the bottom. The water is usually to choppy – this year we must have had really good luck because there were several days we could see the bottom. You wouldn’t believe all the boats we saw… Oh, and a car. Yes. really. Crazy, right?

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opening day of lobster season

At the 5 second mark whatever was on my line tried to pull me over board – I started to say, “oh shit.” and then Dale & Dad laugh at me.

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I think that stinky barracuda is what I caught. I can’t remember, but I don’t have the rod belt on yet, so I think that’s what I caught. Those barracudas stink – literally. They have a horrible smell. That guy was HUGE. He doesn’t look it, but he was probably 3.5 – 4ft long and weighed a lot!

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I’m cheesin’ from ear to ear in this pic – That is a nurse shark – not really the kind of shark I wanted to catch, but it was a helluva fight! (see, I have the rod belt on here…not that I was using it, but I had it on.)

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In case you thought I was exaggerating about the amount of time we spend on the boat in a single day… 6:48am – 7:25pm .. and no, we never came in to the maring between those times. This was the first day of lobster season, which is like the amazing race for the biggest lobster.  — The water on the north side of the island is much more shallow than the water on the south side. We stay on the south side, so we have to go through that long cut to get to the north side. No way are we going through that thing 4x in one day – Once we are on the North side we are staying until the day is over.

We spend a whole lot of time riding around the shallow water on the north side of the island looking for rocks. You ride up high, then holler when you see a “donut.” A donut is a dark spot (usually a rock) with a white ring around it.

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donuts.

The water on wednesday was REALLY smooth, so it made spotting the rocks really easy. When the clouds cover the sun, or when the water is choppy it’s hard to tell the difference between the rocks & shadows and we spend a lot of time chasing nothing. I’m not exactly sure who that is diving on those rocks. I think it might be chris, dale & jeremy. can’t tell except for jeremy and those bright yellow fins.

That’s it for tonight. I’m headed to bed.

Happy Friday!

Do you have a long weekend? Any plans for Labor Day?

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This is my pouty face

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Hmph.

We are back. Thanks to Hurricane Emily …. Oh. wtf. Just looked at wunderground and discovered that “hurricane/tropical storm emily” DOESN’T EVEN EXIST ANYMORE. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH – Apparently it hit Haiti and petered out.  Oh man. I have mixed emotions about that. Obviously I don’t want to get the Bahamas to get pounded by a hurricane, but gosh darn’t I should still be there snorkeling & fishing my heart out!

Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days we were there. I heard that more than one person was starting to get worried because I hadn’t updated. It’s okay friends/family, we are safe! Thanks for being concerned though!

So, what did we do the last few days. Fished. Fished. snorkeled for lobster, and fished some more. Oh, we also went to the casino one night. I won $30. holla! The casino was a sad sight; there was hardly anyone there. The last time we were there (2008) it was packed.. so packed you could hardly find a seat at the 3-card poker table, or the roulette table.

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Jeremy with his first speared fish
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A sea turtle that was on one of the rocks
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See the shark?
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Chris & Dale snorkeling on a rock. See the rock underneath them?

I created a new photobucket account so that I could upload all my vacation pictures for you to see, if you care. Don’t worry, there are only a little over 200. I wish I would have, and could have taken more.. but once you’ve seen one strawberry grouper, you’ve seen them all. We caught a boatload of strawberry grouper so the pictures would have gotten repetitive.

I am on the hunt for an underwater-digital camera. I bought a disposable one, and it was fine, but I prefer to have a permanent one. Although, Jeremy & Aaron both had an olympus waterproof camera and they both crapped out before the trip was over. any suggestions for good underwater-digital cameras?

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Purple fans located in the deeper water @ Gingerbread on the South side of the island.

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These fish are actually in the shallow water on the North side of the island.

On Wednesday we headed out to the Gingerbread Grounds (south side of the island) to go fishing and dive for the bigger lobster. (btw.. I totally forgot to take any pictures of lobster. what a dope).  Gingerbread is about 41 miles from the marina where we stayed. (It’s 79 miles from the marina back to Florida!!) The water on the south side of the island is much deeper than on the North side (where we went diving here and here). It was also really cloudy when we went to gingerbread so seeing rocks was impossible. We looked for shallow spots and rocky bottom on the bottom finder and then got out and explored the area.

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We found quite a few big lobster, and a few fish. The picture above, with the purple fan, is from the gingerbread grounds. The pictures aren’t as bright because it was so cloudy, and the water was about 20ft deep opposed to the water on the north side is between 8-13 feet deep.

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Extended periods of time in the sun will make a person go a little crazy. Our days averaged between 9-12 hours on the boat. uhm, yes. For real.

One day we spend a lot of time running away from storms. Storms are so amazing to see on the ocean, but they are not much fun to be stuck in. On Tuesday we spent a lot of time running around storms. We did get to see some amazing clouds, and a really awesome water spout!

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If you look closely you can see two funnel clouds coming out of the top of the clouds. If you look on the water right below the funnel on the right you can see a small spout coming off the water.

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Here you can see the spout almost connects all the way up to the clouds.

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Headed for the hole in the storm. There were multiple storms that kept connecting and making giant storms.

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just a pretty fish. Queen Trigger Fish

AND NOW, THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!!!

A VIDEO OF ME FISHING. Ha

Unfortunately the fish/shark broke off, so I don’t know what it was.. I’m thinking shark. The way it was pulling out drag..and the fact that everyone else was catching sharks makes me think it was a shark. It was a fun fight even if I didn’t get to see what it was!

Gotta get to bed. I’m exhausted from doing nothing buy laying on the couch all day.

 

Live yo’ life, Mon

Toes in the water

Oh man. I’m stuffed full of fish, lobster, & conch fritters. mmmmmmmmmm! I love conch fritters. I’ve been talking about eating conch fritters for weeks, I finally got some today, yum!

Oh, did I tell you that yesterday I ate raw conch? We found a conch shell yesterday on the flats so Dale cracked it open and let me try some raw conch. It was good, it kind of tastes like crab meat. Everyone else said it tastes like almonds, but I don’t like almonds so I disagree w/ that review.

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Today we went over to the North side of the island to spear lobster & fish. Today was the first day of lobster season!! The lobster regulations say you can get 10 lobster per boat – that sucks, but it is what it is. The rules have changed quite a bit in the last several years. The first several times we/I came over here it was a per/person limit.

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We spent a good portion of our day running away from storms Sad smile  — Storms are really pretty cool to see while you are out on the boat. It stinks to get stuck in them, but they are neat to see.

Today we saw two water spouts! Very cool!

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On our way back in we got stopped by the Bahamian “Defense Force.” It’s the same thing as the FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) – they check your boat for illegal fish/lobster. This is actually the first time we’ve ever seen them checking boats.

I was nervous. Not because we had anything illegal, but it’s just a nerve-wracking thing. I don’t have any pictures… I didn’t think that would really be appropriate. We do have video of them catching up with us. I might be able to post that in a few weeks when all the video footage is edited.

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There isn’t really much to report today. We went diving for lobster all day. literally all day. We left around 7:45am, and got back to the marina around 7:30. That is a super long day in the sun. Snorkeling is pretty exhausting, especially when the current is pushing you all over the place.

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goodnight

Live yo’ life, Mon

a 3 hour tour

Apparently the wi-fi works sometimes. I’m going to write this post and hope that the internet works when I’m done.

I’m wiped out and it’s only 10:30, being in the sun all day really drains your energy!

I don’t know time we were supposed to get up & leave the hotel this morning, but my Dad woke us up @ 6:45 to start getting ready. Sadly I only ate a blueberry muffin for breakfast, and had no coffee.. so sad.

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Fueling up in Palm Beach
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let’s get this show on the road water.

We were on the water heading down the intercoastal water way by 8am. Unfortunately it’s a pretty long ride from the marina to the inlet out to the ocean- I think it took over an hour. So I guess we were on the ocean and headed across the big blue ocean around 9(ish).

The first 1.5 hours was a little rough. It was pretty windy, which in turn creates big waves. Big waves = little boat getting slammed around. You can’t go very fast with big waves, it’s a bad combination. The entire trip from Palm Beach to West End is about 67 miles. Right about half way it started to lay down and we were able to get a nice speed going.
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Coming into West End!! Yippee!

Once we reached West End we put our yellow quarantine flag and headed to the customs dock to check in. I think it was about 1ish when we scooted in to customs. 4hrs isn’t a bad crossing time. The Customs department make you fill 900 forms and pay for a fishing permit. The forms and everything takes about an hour. An hour of sitting still, in a hot marina, just sweating & sweating & sweating. It’s sexy.

After we check into customs we headed further down the island to Lucaya. The marina we stay at is right outside of Port Lucaya- It takes about an hour to get from West End to the marina where we stay.

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After we unloaded everything we went out fishing. It was a flop. Jeremy caught a stinky barracuda and that was it. Nothing was biting, and we couldn’t find any frigate birds.

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Oh. bad news bears: I checked out the “gym” when we got here… the gym that is displayed on their website is nothing like the gym that is actually here. It’s in an un-airconditioned room.. I could live with this…. but the treadmill in there Is self-propelled or something. I Don’t even know what it is. I’ve never see anything like it before. I didn’t stay long and check everything out because I was just annoyed at the treadmill. I saw ONE weight.. 20lbs.. just one. not a set… no, just one weight.

I get that the gym probably isn’t a priority for a lot of people while they are here. I don’t know what the main clientele is here, but I think there are a lot of people that come by boat and are here to fish. buuutttt, I was really planning on running this week. bummer.

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Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back with pictures of fish or something exciting!

 

Live yo life, Mon!