|This little guy is a redfish. Great eating, but he was too little. |
We threw him, as well as an undersized spotted trout I caught, back into the marsh.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The only roving this Reluctant Rover has been doing is on the water. Since we sold our truck camper, we are now vagabonds without transport, and (at least for the moment) we are not planning to change that condition. However, we do go boating, as members of the JAX Boat Club. We try to boat/fish once or twice a week, weather and schedule permitting.
About a week ago, we went boating when the wind was blowing from the east. We have to boat in the San Pablo River before we get to the bay area where we fish the marshes. The water was choppy! It felt as though we were on a roller coaster, not my favorite theme-park ride.
Jim said there is a saying that refers to fishing conditions: "East is least; west is best." I guess the saying is true. We didn't even have a nibble that day.
The next time we went out, the wind was better, but the only thing we caught was a baby stingray. I caught it; Jim released it. Again, not a profitable time on the water, but at least it was pretty calm. That day, however, had a ha-ha moment: Jim was doing something with one of the lines when either the boat rolled a bit or he lost his balance. He quite gracefully rolled over the side of the boat for an unintended swim. The water was only about three feet deep. The hard part was getting back on the boat, since we were in a 16-footer that had no dive platform. Fortunately it was a warm day and the top half of him (clad in a fast-dry shirt) dried quickly. And even more fortunately, he did not have his phone in his pocket. His reading glasses floated out, but we were able to retrieve them.
Yesterday was a much better day--a beautiful autumn afternoon, with a calm wind that actually dissipated by the time we came in. On days like that, I don't mind taking a ride in a boat.
|Jim caught two under-sized red fish yesterday.|
|The flounder Jim caught was just enough for a tasty pan-fried dinner. |
The weather has been hit-or-miss for anglers. Those darn hurricanes that keep forming in the Atlantic have not directly threatened us, but they create nor' easters that churn up the water. Today, for instance, a small craft advisory kept all boats in harbor, with gusty winds of 30 mps blowing. When winds are predicted in the 15-20 mph range, boating is not fun and fishing is usually not good, either, even if no advisories are announced.
We have two boats reserved for next week when the weather is supposed to be good. Wish us luck. We plan to have roasted fish for Thanksgiving dinner, and dinner would taste better if it came off our tight lines. If we don't catch anything, though, the fish monger in Mayport will have some nice snapper or grouper for our Thursday dinner.
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
Your Reluctant Rover
Thursday, September 24, 2020
September 24, 2020—“They” say that the happiest two days of a boat-owner’s life are the day s/he bought the boat and the day s/he sold it. The same holds true for an RVer.
We sold the truck camper!
|Good-bye, Lance 1172! We will miss you!|
Actually, although we are happy we sold it, we will miss camping. I know, I know…for the longest time I truly was the Reluctant Rover. I kicked and screamed (not literally, of course) when we bought our first motorhome, that 38-foot 1998 Dutch Star. Of all the RVs we have owned, the Dutch Star by far was the best crafted. We had relatively few problems with it. We traded it in mainly because, with only one slide, we found it crowded with the cats. (Litter boxes take up a lot of room!)
|This 1998 Dutch Star was our 'Baby.'|
Our next RV was supposedly an upgrade. It was a 40-foot 2005 Country Coach. With its three slides open, it was as big as a New York apartment. Gorgeous. However…it was nothing but trouble. I think Jim spend more time fixing it than he did enjoying it. It did not pain us to get rid of it. We were happy to do so.
|The 2005 Country Coach was beautiful, |
but it required a lot of maintenance. We did not regret selling it.
Our mistake, however, was buying our third RV—a 27-foot Thor Axis. The downsizing did not bother us; we had decided we were not going to make any more long, cross-country trips. But, we bought the wrong configuration: One slide in the back, which extended a queen-sized bed. The cabin/galley did not have a slide, and we had to put up a table every time we ate. (Other configurations had a slide in the cabin area, but had twin beds that could be converted to a king.) The only seating to watch TV was the couch, and it was not comfortable. Theoretically the driver’s and passenger’s seats were supposed to turn completely around, but the driver’s seat did not, and neither of them had a good view of the TV.
|Thor was 27 feet long. Its configuration (not its size) caused us to dislike it.|
Every time we went camping in Thor we both complained about how much we hated it. We were not unhappy to sell it.
Jim somehow got the idea about getting a truck camper. When we came across a combination package—the 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 dually truck plus a 2003 Lance truck camper, Model 1121. The combo was a deal we could not resist. Both were only used by the original owner, a local rabbi. We discovered the truck camper actually offered more room than Thor. Jim installed a new flat-screen TV and put in new plank flooring. After having spent so much time fixing our RV, it was a pleasure just to enjoy it.
|This combo package was quite a deal: 2003 Lance 1121 camper |
plus the 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 truck.
We really enjoyed the camper but it lacked a comfortable seating area.
However, after a few months we realized that the one thing the camper was missing was a comfortable area in which to sit and watch TV or read. So…
Last September we traded the 2003 in for a brand new 2019 1172 Lance, the largest model the company makes. It had everything the old one had, plus a couch with foot stools. We really enjoyed it. And now someone else will have that pleasure.
|And this is Lance 1172. We will take it to its new owners next week. |
We are keeping the truck, though. It will continue to serve us well.
Why did we decide to sell? Well, time is marching on, and we have found that we don’t have time to do everything we want to do. Right now, instead of traveling, we want to fish. It’s just a matter of priorities.
Jim doesn’t want to rule out getting another RV, possibly a small trailer, in the future. I don’t want to rush into buying anything. Right now, we will just enjoy life.
Will there be any more Reluctant Rover blogs? I don’t know.
Until maybe sometime in the future,
Your Reluctant Rover,
Monday, March 30, 2020
|Here I am, Cap'n Linda, piloting the Nauticstar.|
|23' Nauticstar XTS; 5 passengers.|
|16' Key West; 3 passengers. (Obviously this is a stock photo. Those people are not younger versions of Jim and me.)|
|20' Tidewater; 5 passengers.|
|23' Polar; 7 maximum passengers|
|19' Scout; 6 maximum passengers|
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
|View from the boat to the marina|
|Out on the San Pablo River|
|In a creek off the San Pablo River. Gorgeous day.|
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
|Our campsite at Oscar Scherer State Park near Venice, Fla.|
Monday, December 16, 2019
|The news today said that the Midwest was in the middle of a snow storm. The white in this picture is now snow; it is sand on a beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Fla. Highs were in the 80s, with low humidity and cloudless skies.|