A Water Play Day

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052021

I know that I said in yesterday’s blog that I hoped to knock out a couple more chapters in my new Tinder Street book, but that didn’t happen. The weatherman said we are looking at the last few decent days we may be able to expect for a long time, with temperatures supposed to be in the 90s within the week. But yesterday was a wonderful day, with temps in the low 70s and just a bit of breeze. I told Terry it was probably our best chance to have a water play day.

So we took the pontoon boat down to the boat launch in our private subdivision and put her in the water. I think I’m getting better at backing up since I didn’t run over anybody, and we got the boat launched with no real difficulty.

I named the boat Mysterry because I always refer to Terry as Miss Terry, and my mystery books paid for it.

The last time the boat was in the water was when my kids visited in October of 2019, which is way too long. Even though I had put Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer in the tank, I was a little worried about whether it would start and run okay. One of the dual batteries was pretty much dead and would not do anything, so I switched to the other battery, turned the key, and it started right up with no problem.

Whether fishing or just cruising, in our kayaks or the pontoon boat, there’s no place I enjoy more than being out on the water. Is this not the face of a happy little fat man?

We cruised downriver, passing some nice waterfront homes and then some RV park fish camps that are usually booked up a year in advance with returning customers.

There’s one place where you can pull up to the dock and get bait, ice, snacks, or anything else you need, but we were good, so we just waved to the folks and kept on going.

Even though it was a weekend, and Easter, to boot, there were not many boats out on the water. A few fishermen, a few pleasure cruisers, a couple of kayakers, and this big boy riding at anchor.

One of our favorite seafood places near here is Goodrich Seafood & Oyster House, and they have a dock you can pull right up to and go in and eat. We haven’t done that yet, but we’re going to give it a try one of these days.

All of this is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, also known as the Indian River in this area, and it feeds into the world-famous Mosquito Lagoon, some of the best fishing water in the state of Florida.

We were out on the water for about three hours and saw lots of fish jumping, several dolphins playing in the water, and a big bald eagle with a large fish in its talons flying past us. I told Terry I would rather spend an afternoon doing this than to go to a major league sporting event, play golf, or see a movie. We need more days like this.

When we got home, I even managed to back the boat into its space next to the garage without too much difficulty or running into the house. I call that a win.

While I was washing the boat down with fresh water to get rid of the salt residue, Terry went inside and started dinner. We decided we just wanted something quick and easy, so she made biscuits and gravy. I would like to say that they tasted as good as they looked, but I would be lying to you. They tasted even better!

Congratulations Patricia Hoechst, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Buck Fever, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s immensely popular Blanco County mystery series. We had 38 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Some people are solving the world’s biggest problems, and I’m over here all excited because I found my missing sock inside a pair of my underwear.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “A Water Play Day”

  1. We too just love a wonderful day out in the beautiful world we live in. That’s why we have loved RVing so much. We have such a beautiful country. And we love our home base here just south of you. Life is good. Enjoy each day.

  2. Glad you were finally able to get out on the water. Always relaxing.
    A great way to spend Easter.
    The more you back the trailer the better you’ll get.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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