Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ACTHA Ride in TN

Last weekend Joe and I drove down to  a beautiful farm in Bristol, Tn where I competed in another competitive trail ride on Saturday.  We stayed in the 1878 farmhouse on the 450 acre property.  Friday night I went on a casual trail ride with the others who came early.  My other friends drove down on Sat. morning for the ACTHA ride- 6 miles and 6 obstacles to  negotiate with your horse. After being off all winter,  I was quite happy to place 6th out of 30+ riders in my division.  Joe went off fishing while we did our ride and then joined us for lunch and awards afterwards.

Fishing in Montana

Finally getting some pictures posted of Joe's fishing trip in Montana.  There were 17 guys who met out there for 5 days of fishing and fellowship.  Thankfully, there was a warm spell happening.  Good thing since we have had cold, rainy weather since he got back !

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Last Dives in Key Largo

With only a few days left in our stay at our condo, I went diving the day Stuart, Ryan and the kids flew back to CA. I was I really tired, but I knew this would be the best day to go as the seas were going to build again over the next week. I was assigned two "Insta- Buddies ". We got along fine! Sometimes that arrangement doesn't work well, but we three dove with similar styles. The visibility wasn't the greatest, but I was able to get a few good shots!

Fun in the Pool

It was amazing to watch how quickly the kids became comfortable in the water. At first Evie wasn't sure she could trust the life vest to keep her afloat. she wanted noodles under her arms too. By the end of the week, she was pouncing all over the pool with her face in the water, blowing bubbles! We had to really watch Dobie- he had no fear!

Fishing in the BackCountry

One day Joe and Stuart had a fun day being picked up at our dock by a fishing guide in his flats boat who zoomed them across the Florida Bay to some remote areas for a day of fly fishing. While they were gone, we gals ( and William) went on the glass bottom boat out to the reef to see the fish. Thank goodness no one in our group got sea sick!

Fishing on the Dock

Both William and Evie got the opportunity to fish off our condo dock. Stuart and Joe only let one child handle a rod since they didn't want anyone to get hooked! I was usually up in the condo cooking dinner, so the guys handled everything. I think Papa Joe instituted the tradition of "kissing your fish" ! I'm not sure Evie did it though!

more pix from Key Largo and the SF kids!

With all the activities, I got way behind with the blog! I guess that is a good thing. To complete our memories of our time together , I'm going to write some posts of the days I missed! We are now back in WV, settling into our life here. Actually, Joe is packing for a fishing trip in Montana ! Should have a great time with a great group of men.

These next pix were taken on the second day Stuart and I were able to go diving. He did a great job taking pix, had good buoyancy control and air consumption! In a couple of these pictures the fish are very camouflaged !