Archive for February, 2019

Sandy Toe’s Swimming With The Pigs!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Just returned from a week in the Bahama’s at the Atlantis on Paradise Island.  One of my daughters got married there, and our whole family (27 of us) flew down for the week.

Another daughter booked an excursion called “Sandy Toe’s” which involved a double decker boat ferring a couple miles into the ocean to spend the day on their island.  We could swim, snorkel, play beach volleyball, hike, kayak, lay around in hammocks, or “swim with the pigs!”

Swimming with the pigs involved a guide standing in the ocean with a bucket of treats and another on the beach with a bucket of treats.  The pigs would swim back and forth from water to sand, and while in the water you could touch or pet them.  Some would purposely splash you as they swam by!  The big black one pictured looked to have some ferrell characteristics, and weighed in close to 400 pounds.  That’s a lot of “pork” on the hoof.  My wife had never touched a pig before and it was kind of a real adventure for her.

The snorkeling was awesome as we saw a variety of fish and beautiful coral reefs.  We even had a Manatee swim by that shocked those who saw it! Never dreamed of seeing a “sea cow” this far from Florida.

There were also a breeding flock of peacocks on the island along with some small lizards and lots of sand crabs. A delicious meal was served half way through our time there which really hit the spot.

The ride over takes about half an hour and is very enjoyable.  The water is simply breathtaking with the various shades of blues and aquas.  Well worth the time and money. 5 stars!


Black Lake Through The Ice

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

It’s been many many years since I have attempted to cut a hole in the ice and try and land a fish.  Used to do it when my dad was alive and when Lake Erie had good ice and tons of tasty perch.

Just today my older brother Randy sent me a photo of his success while fishing Black Lake which isn’t very far from his place in Onaway.  He’s with his buddy John who has a nice ice shanty out on the lake.  They were doing pretty good on Northern Pike and some panfish. Walleye are also a possibility.

I’m content with viewing someone else’s photo’s and hearing their stories as I sit in my La-Z-Boy by the fireplace. Never was a big fan of cold, wind snow and ice, but as per tonight’s weather forecast I could see it all tomorrow when I get up.