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Fun and fishing with Jackson

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Randy’s son, Jackson, has been with us the last ten days on the boat. He headed back home today. It was a great visit — snorkeling, swimming, fishing. Now he’s back to the snow and cold. We miss him already!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st — DAY 132 (New Years in Hope Town, Bahamas)

New Years Eve dinner with Doug, Ellen, Sarah, Emma, Jackson, Lee and Randy

New Years Eve dinner with Doug, Ellen, Sarah, Emma, Jackson, Lee and Randy

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1st to WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2nd— DAY 133 and 134 (Great Guana Cay, Bahamas)

On New Years Day, Doug and Ellen and family take off on their boat, ‘Trillium,’ and head back to North Carolina. We leave Hope Town on ‘Silver Maple’ for Great Guana Cay. It’s a nice day so Jackson tries his luck at trolling for fish off the back of the boat while we are under way. Randy set up a holder for the fishing rod a few weeks ago. We’ve done some fishing, but haven’t caught anything — until now.

Lee and Leo on the way to Great Guana Cay

Lee and Leo on the way to Great Guana Cay

Jackson preparing to fish off the back of the boat

Jackson preparing to fish off the back of the boat

We have something!

He has a bite!

Jackson hauls in a beauty!

Jackson hauls in a beauty! Fish for dinner!

At Great Guana Cay, we anchor out in Fishers Bay. It’s beautiful. The next day we go ashore to see Nippers Bar & Grill and hang out at the beach. Later that afternoon we head back to the Marsh Harbour Marina and have dinner at the Jibroom restaurant at the Marina. It is Rib Night and they have some of the dock guys demonstrate ‘Rake and Scrape’ music. This Bahamian form of music involves running a screw-driver along a saw blade in time with the music.

Leo and Randy go ashore for Leo's morning walk

Leo and Randy go ashore for Leo’s morning walk at Great Guana Cay

Beautiful morning!

Beautiful morning in Fishers Bay

Jackson and Randy on the beach

Jackson and Randy on the beach in front of Nippers

Jacksons and Leo enjoying the water

Jackson and Leo enjoying the water

Rib Night at the Jibroom Restaurant

Rib Night at the Jibroom Restaurant

Jackson tries Raking and Scraping.

Jackson tries ‘Raking and Scraping’.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3rd to FRIDAY, JANUARY 4th — DAY 135 and 136  (Marsh Harbour)

Thursday morning we are at the Ferry dock in Marsh Harbour by 8AM to meet Justin and his fishing boat ‘Local Boy’ that Randy has chartered for a half day to go deep-sea fishing.  At quarter to 12, we still haven’t had a single bite — then all of a sudden, three hits! Fish for dinner again!

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Lee and Jackson on ‘Local Boy’ heading out to do some deep-sea fishing

Randy in the Fighting Chair waiting for the fish to bite

Randy in the Fighting Chair waiting for the fish to bite

Still waiting for the fish.

Still waiting for the fish.

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We land 2 and a half-fish called Wahoo. Half of Lee’s gets eaten by something else as she reels it in. Justin said it was probably a barracuda. Should have reeled it in faster!

Showing off our catch

Showing off our catch

On Friday (today), Jackson is off to the airport at 8:30AM. He should have arrived back in Toronto around 9PM.  We really enjoyed his visit and miss him already. Have a good semester at university, Jackson!

Bye Jackson!

Getting in the taxi. Bye Jackson!

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