A Dolphin Tale

As promised I have a really good story for you.

If you know anything about me and MacGyver, then you know we love to fish and we are extremely competitive.  When we first got the house in Nokomis we had a contest to see who would catch the first redfish and I won.  It was a short-lived victory however because 25 minutes later MacGyver caught one too, and his was bigger.  Of course.

So then we altered the contest and it became about who could catch the biggest fish and it’s been going back and forth for some time.  I win, he wins, and then we add variables like who can catch the most fish.  You get the point.

But then the family got the Englewood house and there were new areas to fish, like Stump Pass.

Stump Pass

And now we had another ‘who could catch the first redfish’ contest.  It was deja vu.  I was ready.  I was prepared.  I was confident.

And I won…..well, sort of.

This is the beautiful area that we were fishing in.

fishing in englewood

I threw my line out and left the bail open.  After I reached the perfect spot, I closed the bail and I waited ever so patiently.  My sister-in-law and her husband were also on the boat and they along with MacGyver were fishing from the other side or what I refer to as ‘the wrong side’.

It only took about 15 minutes before I saw a swirl behind my line and then I felt the tug.  I knew immediately what I had.  I pulled one time and set the hook and the fight was on.  Just a few yards from the boat I saw it….it was at least 25″ long.   It was an absolutely  perfect redfish, and only a few feet from the boat.

And that’s when it happened….

or rather he happened.


                  This my friends, is dolphin JAWS!

He swooped in and he took the redfish hook, line and all.  We saw him leap out of the water with the fish hanging out of his mouth as I screamed NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I would have given a million dollars to get an actual picture of that moment.  It would have easily made the cover of National Geographic magazine  This is a scene straight out of shark week only this was a damn dolphin!.

MacGyver said I have the best fish story he’s ever heard and I’ve got 3 witnesses who actually can back it up so I guess I win at something…..but it doesn’t make it better.

Because you know who really won?


                                      YEP,  THIS GUY!

Now, it’s your turn.

Tell me your best fish story or your best dolphin story. 

Drums, drums everywhere!

Since my Mom left on Thursday morning Wednesday evening would be the last night we would have the chance to get everyone together and we thought the drum circle would be a fun thing to do.

the family at the drum circle

The drum circle on Nokomis beach is one of the largest around and it’s one of the things you really must do if you ever come to the area.  It’s a spectacular sight to see all of the drummers but there are also belly dancers, hula hoopers and many, many others interesting people dancing about.

I’ve uploaded a little video but I can’t figure out how to make it rotate to the right direction so you have to use your imagination, (or do a quick shot and it should look okay).

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen the picture of me and my sister-in-law but if you don’t, shame on you, here we are.

me and lynne drum circle

There are many reasons to love Florida but in case you weren’t aware of them, here’s a few.

perfect sky sunset sail

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I really hate to run but I’ve got a boat to board, some shells to gather, and a fish or two to catch.


Come back tomorrow for the best dolphin tale of your life, seriously.  You don’t want to miss it!!

Baking Amish

We’re still down in Nokomis and I’m still loving my morning runs on the Legacy Trail. It’s even nicer when my sister-in-law comes along as she did on Wednesday.  This morning when I approached my 2nd mile, I saw a rabbit and an otter! It was crazy.

We’ve been having all kinds of fun down here. On Tuesday after running, mom and I went over to the beach and picked up some shells for my landscaping. I also found a ton of shark’s teeth.

shells for milesfeet in the sand
On Tuesday night we finally got the chance to go to Curry Creek Café and I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this place. Besides Left Coast Seafood Co, Curry Creek Café is one of the best choices of restaurants in the area. The food is out of this world. We had a party of 7 and not one person was even the tiniest bit disappointed.

me, lynne and mom

My Mom, me and my Sister-in-law getting ready to go to Curry Creek Cafe, yum.

The food is a mix of Indonesian and American with a lot of seafood.  They do close early so if you go, be aware they close at 8pm through the week and at 9pm on weekends but definitely check it out.

On Wednesday the guys decided to go fishing and it’s really a shame that you can’t keep a 41” snook because that is exactly what MacGyver caught! He was beyond excited. I am pretty sure I have never in my life seen him smile like that.
All of the ladies in the house, (including me, my sister-in-law, my mom, and my mother-in-law), opted out of fishing and instead we decided to visit an Amish community. So we went to the first place one would think of when you think of an Amish community, Sarasota, Florida, because where else?

PinecraftNestled right in the heart of Sarasota at the corner of Bahia Vista and Beneva is a little place called Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community of about 3,000. I’m not kidding, trust me, it’s there.

amish community
First, we went to the gift store where we bought a few little things, and then we went over to Yoder’s restaurant and it was great. We had a sneaking suspicion that it would be good when we saw a line out the door and we were right. Oh, and our waitress was awesome.

Pinecraft waitress
After lunch we headed on over to the Amish gift store and I may have spent a few paychecks but it was totally worth it. They even have a bakery and we bought a peanut butter cream pie and believe it or not, sherbet fudge that was out of this World.  The Amish and Mennonite’s are excellent baker’s.  I could have stayed there and ate pies, fudge, cinnamon rolls and desserts for days!

Pinecraft giftshopPinecraft chairs

We hung out in Pinecraft for several hours but we had one more stop to make before heading home.

I took everyone down to see “Unconditional Surrender” which is one of my favorite things in Sarasota and I think it was one of the main highlights of the day.

"Unconditional Surrender"And I think I’ll go ahead and end here for today. I’ve got a ton of other things to tell you about but I’ll save a few for tomorrow and the weekend.  Here’s hoping there’s another 42″ snook out there!

Do you run when you go on vacation?