Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The First, The Last and The Only
Happy Wednesday, Shopaholics! Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend and is now fully recovered. :-)
As you all know, we went to my parent's home on Dauphin Island, AL. The hubby is on vacation this week and we'd planned fishing trips for Monday and Tuesday - then planned to spend the rest of the week on our lovely beach here in Gulf Shores, AL. What is it they say about "the best laid plans"? Yeah that didn't work out so well...the oil spill had other ideas.
We did make a quick fishing trip on Monday. Me, DH, Dad, BIL and my 5 year old nephew Jake went redfishing. This was just a short run for us and normally when fishing for this type, we don't keep any redfish we catch. (DH and I are big into conservation - our rule is don't keep what you won't eat or weigh in a tournament). The fishing trip was my nephew's first trip "out" that far. I'm pleased to report that Jake and I both caught redfish.
While out fishing, we heard from another boat that the waters had been closed to fishing for the next day. This bummed us out - as it meant we would miss the start of red snapper season on Tuesday - AND that oil was very close to our shores. As a result, we kept two redfish on Monday. It seems they will be the only fish we catch this season.
Until BP gets the leak plugged (which BTW, I have zero confidence in their ability to do so), this oil will continue to hit our shores. The fishing waters - and probably the beaches very soon - will continue to be closed. Wildlife will continue dying. The entire food chain is going to suffer extreme consequences. Businesses are going to close. Tourism will be devastated - who is going to come visit the beach when it is covered in oil and they can't swim?
How sad is it that I caught my first, my last and my only fish of the summer in one trip? And how long will it be before we can fish again? Will Jake be 6 years old? 8 years old? 15 years old?
And what in the world am I going to do with myself - and the DH - if we can't enjoy the waters and beaches around here? I like to tell folks that we don't take vacations, because our lifestyle here IS a vacation. Is this the story that we tell children in 20, 30, 40 years?
"We used to have fun on these waters, until April 2010, when there was this huge oil spill".....
Jake & BIL
Me & DH