Vacation and the End of Summer

I guess I will start out this blog post with saying it has been way too long. I have been pretty busy lately, and not making much effort in blogosphere. Sorry if I kept any of you waiting. I suppose I should fill you in on my vacation to Destin, Florida, as it was a lovely trip and a nice, yet unfortunate end to summer. By the time we had gotten back into Ohio late that night, it went from a balmy 72 degrees to a mere 52 degrees–making our Ohio homecoming a little chilly. If you remember my last blog post, I went over in my imagination a trip in Destin that I hoped to experience. It was in many ways like I had hoped, although we tended to get a later start to the day than I had imagined. My husband Stefan had been blessed with a new job recently, and  we were relieved to hear that our vacation we had planned merely a year earlier was still a go. However with this new job, Stefan did have some much-needed things that needed squared away, so with that there was half the day each day he spent working. During that time I would go and sit on the beach, or go get some surf fishing in. It was amazing how fast the week went for me, and for him even more so. It also did not help that it got dark early there, around 7:30 or so. So what was it that made my vacation less than my imagination allowed me to wander? For starts, the fishing was not ideal—a hurricane had went through the area and the water made for a mossy mess. Nearly half the week we were down, the water was heavy with seaweed and murky. But towards the end of the week it cleared up for two days, lending us its usual clear, blue water. We did catch fish, lots even…although they would have made only a small meal. I supposed that all the big fish made their way into deeper water. I am not sure what it is about a hurricane that seems to scare the fish away. But one thing was for sure, for the size of fish I wanted, I needed to fish in deeper water. But even after Stefan telephoned a charter—none were making it out since the waves were too high.

Its humbling, but I did promise to give you a few shots of the fish we caught.

‘Spanish Mackerel’ ( very good eating )
‘Ladyfish’ (Bait fish, heads used for sharks)
What I believe to be a ‘Mangrove Snapper’
‘Hogfish’
‘Hogfish’ during daylight hours
‘Florida Pompano’

We had caught many more fish and also many more different species than listed here. But all were about the same size not making it legal to harvest. However, we did catch some Whiting and a Spanish Mackerel that met legal limits. And they were very good to eat! I guess I was discouraged only that my large Igloo cooler never made its way home full of fish from the vacation like planned. Actually all the cooler did was take up space. But that is sometimes how it goes. Weather, tides, and all other reasons aside, we had fun!

And I have to share my favorite meals of the week with you…

‘Pompano Joe’s Snow Crab Feast’
Our freshly caught ‘Spanish Mackerel’ with cheddar biscuits
‘Kung Pao Chicken’ with “Crab Rangoons’
A few “”HOT”” Krispy Cremes with some oh’ so good coffee!
‘Panera Bread’ for breakfast

So there you have it! It was obviously a week of good eating and beautiful scenery—thanks for coming along with me!

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