Okay, so we didn’t really do any camping, but we did some cool things outdoors. Shoot me. We hit up Key Largo at the end of October, 2015, which also happens to be the end of hurricane season. Luckily, the weather held.
Greg found a place in the Everglades that had air boat rides for 20 bucks. How can you say no to that?
Unfortunately, we did not take our cameras because the ride was supposed to be “wet”. It was not nearly as wet or fast as I expected, but it was a good time nonetheless. We were also able to catch the alligator show and the alligator feeding.
The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it was an impressive sight! Even though it was a bit of a drive back to the main land from Key Largo, it was still entertaining. Check them out if you are in the area: Everglades Alligator Farm
We rise early and hit the dock at 6:30 for our morning of deep sea fishing. None of us had been before, so we did not know what to expect. It was an awesome morning, and it was cool to be out on the water as the sun came up.
The crew of the Charisma stopped to catch some bait fish on the way out. “Ballyhoos” and something else? They made it look easy, but it was fun to watch. After that, we did some trolling and stopped at a couple of hot spots. We were each able to reel in a fish, so we were pretty happy, even if the crew told us it was a slow fishing day. Two tuna, an Almaco Jack, and an Amber Jack for the day. Unfortunately, it was too much fish for our trip, so if we ever go again we will try to be aware of that and make arrangements for transport.
Captain Chris Dillon (Charisma Sportfishing) filleted our fish on the dock for us, again making it look easy, and the Pilot House Restaurant cooked it up. Apparently, they stopped doing this for the general public but made an exception for the Charisma crew.
We headed over to John Pennekamp State Park. Greg and Jeremy took the glass bottom boat ride and had a great time. John and I rented a couple of paddle boards and headed out. I had never been on a paddle board before, but I have been in kayaks and canoes. Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos because I was pretty sure I was going to go for a swim in the mangroves and didn’t take my phone. But, like riding a bike, my balance and paddle skills came back to me and I managed the whole trip without losing it. Of course, John and I did accidentally go into the boat channel, even though we were explicitly told not to. Once we figured that out, we understood all the stink eye the boat captains were shooting us. Oops.
We also probably saved the lives of a woman and her ten year old son, neither of which had never been on a paddle board before, or in a kayak probably, or in a canoe… But that is another story.