June Highlights

Early in the month, I headed down to FL to visit with my folks.  My aunt and uncle were there as well.

We went out on the Pastime Princess for a day of fishing.

We went out on the Pastime Princess for a day of fishing.

Uncle Rog did the best.  Here is he with a keeper snapper.

Uncle Rog did the best. Here is he with a keeper snapper.

Collecting our bounty.  We had enough for a fine feast.

Collecting our bounty. We had enough for a fine feast.

One of the more exciting aspects of the trip was Uncle Rog's new boat.  Here we are in the intracoastal.

One of the more exciting aspects of the trip was Uncle Rog’s new boat. Here we are in the intracoastal.

I did my first dives in this region of Florida with Sea Dogs.  We did two different wreck dives about 10 miles offshore.  The visibility was only about 40 feet (I’m spoiled), but I did see my first goliath grouper.  I also saw some giant cobia, a few turtles and a sting ray.  Two other divers were spearfishing and they brought in some beautiful flounder.  I forgot the GoPro, so stay tuned for future dives there.

One weekend Noah and I went out on a head boat off of Captree State Park.

One weekend Noah and I went out on a head boat off of Captree State Park.

I caught a goofy looking thing called a stargazer.  We had to buy our fish for dinner that night.

I caught a goofy looking thing called a stargazer. We had to buy our fish for dinner that night.

It was a very boat-y month.  I went to SUNY Maritime Academy and got my safe powerboat handling certificate.

It was a very boat-y month. I went to SUNY Maritime Academy and got my safe powerboat handling certificate. I now have an anchor on my driver’s license!

We trained on 18-20 ft. center console boats.  The docking practice was particularly useful and the high speed maneuvers were quite fun.  The 10 year old in the class (pictured here) made me feel like less of a badass.

We trained on 18-20 ft. center console boats. The docking practice was particularly useful and the high speed maneuvers were quite fun. The 10 year old in the class (pictured here) made me feel like less of a badass.

One night we went on a dinner cruise in the East River called the Water Table.

One night we went on a dinner cruise in the East River called the Water Table.

The Revolution is a 62' yard patrol boat that was built in 1944.  It was used by the Navy to teach seamanship.  It has also served as a fire boat and as a ferry boat in Boston.

The Revolution is a 62′ yard patrol boat that was built in 1944. It was used by the Navy to teach seamanship. It has also served as a fire boat and as a ferry boat in Boston.

In addition to drinks and dinner, we went on a 2.5 hour cruise.

In addition to drinks and dinner, we went on a 2.5 hour cruise.

It's always nice to see where you live from the water.

It’s always nice to see where you live from the water.

A lovely early summer evening.

A lovely early summer evening.

Eager to keep our boating fresh, we took the ferry to Atlantic Highlands and rented a boat one day.

Eager to keep our boating fresh, we took the ferry to Atlantic Highlands and rented a boat for the day.

Another day when we'd be buying our dinner instead of catching it.

Another day when we’d be buying our dinner instead of catching it.

Always fun getting these guys off the hook.

Always fun getting these guys off the hook.

Our ride back to the city.  This ferry will always be one of our favorites.  Super fast, great views and they sell beer.

Our ride back to the city. This ferry will always be one of our favorites. Super fast, great views and they sell beer.

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