Monday, November 19, 2007

Where I Was

I was here yesterday ...

... and here too.

Here ?

Here's proof that I was here.

Yesterday was the formal dedication of this brand new nature preserve on the banks of the 'Cotee river in the town of New Port Richey.

I used to fish with the man whose name is on that sign. One day, just he and I went out on the Gulf alone and although we didn't bring many fish home, it seemed that we caught one of everything that swam in the Gulf. Houndfish, snapper, trout, grass grouper, black sea bass, catfish ...
We tossed most of them back into the sea.

He commented to me years later that he had never caught such a mix of fish as on that day. That meant something to me as he had spent a lifetime fishing the Gulf.

I'm very thankful for that day as he is gone now.

I'm also thankful that I caught his daughter.

(... and that she has not tossed me back)

More later on what went on yesterday, but tempis fugit and I need to get to work.


Anonymous said...

Wow, pretty cool!

I guess she thought you were a keeper!

I signed in as anonymous to show Mom and Dad how to comment on posts.


Thunder Dave said...

I forgot to mention that I'm trying to post about our our current road trip, but Blogger isn't letting me upload photos.

SophieMae said...

Aaaahhhh, beautiful! I've been reading a lot of posts lately that are making me homesick. The north Flarda cold factor isn't helping.

Did y'all paddle 'home' from the preserve?

threecollie said...

Oh, wow! That is amazing and cool...can't wait for the details!

Deb said...

Looks like a beautiful area! And your father in law must have done something good to get a nature preserve named after him.

Sharon said...

Wow again! What a beautiful place and legacy, and how honored you must be to be so closely related. :)

Laura said...

Got a kick out of the way you ended this post, LOL!

And what an honor for your wife and her family to have the preserve named after her father!

pablo said...

A delightful post!

Dr. Know said...

Isn't that special. Some guys have all the luck. :-p
I'll have to add this to my list of places to (re)visit. I'm now wondering how much more of the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge has been hacked out for retiring Senators...

Mrs Mecomber said...

Awwww that is so sweet! I'll bet you are the favorite son-in-law!

Your photos are very nice. It's good to see something green. (Snow here).

vicki said...

what a lovely post- this is really nice and I think it's time you wrote your novel. You have a wonderful mix of tales and memories that can be woven together.

Anonymous said...

No more beautiful a place to be.

Floridacracker said...

Thanks for dinner.
Your folks are great!

The paddle home part is another day this winter ... too busy on this day.

It was very nice, I've got some more pics to share this week.

He did a lot of good and raised 8 kids that carry on the good.

It's a good family.

Well, she's never gone steady this long before ...


Jeez, I hope a federal refuge is inviolate.

Mrs. McComber,
More green to come!
Send snow.

And you?

Floridacracker said...

It's a preciously beautiful bit that is safe now.

smilin-buddha said...

So your pictures are always such quality. WHat camera are you using.

Floridacracker said...

Sony Cybershot DSC-H5.

smilin-buddha said...

Thank you sir. If you are ever in Palm beach county I have a few snakes you might want to photograph.

Floridacracker said...

You're welcome!

lesle said...

Your reflection in the Preserve sign photo, whether intentional or not, is the perfect, right touch!

Floridacracker said...

It was intentional, I can't help blogging in my head wherever I am :)