January 1, 2011 – All has been quiet down here for a while. Since coming back to Florida, we’ve been refocusing on our work, on getting the house ready to rent, on getting ourselves financially ready to go on the road. But as the year came to an end, the call of the outdoors became too loud to ignore.
I’ve heard that whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year. We couldn’t think of a better way to start the year than to get up before dawn and get out on our boat, back on the lake where we first developed our love of being on the water.
My friends (many of whom aren’t morning people) often ask me why in the world I’d want to get up that early. I’m not in any way a morning person myself, and up until a few years ago would have laughed at the idea of dragging my tired butt out of bed to sit on a boat before the sun was even up.
But there’s just something about early morning, about watching the world wake up around you. The calm smooth water covered with a soft mist, turning into a glassy mirror as the sun rises… The dark sky turning soft shades of pink, the sun rising over the trees bathing everything in gold… Being out there, you feel like you’re the only people in the world. Everything is so peaceful, so perfect… The only regret we had was not getting up earlier.
A beautiful sunrise gave way to a beautiful day. The sun was bright, but not too hot. The weather was warm enough that our jackets kept us warm when we were moving, and when we’d stop and drift, we were able to remove our jackets and enjoy the warmth of the sun on our skin. (This is a luxury I get only during a few winter months. Come spring, the sun is not so kind to me.)
(That middle photo on the top row is a plastic duck decoy someone left out there.)
By noon, the wind had kicked up enough that jackets were no longer optional, and the ride was getting really rough, so we decided to pack up and head home. That’s another advantage of getting up so early – a full day of boating and it’s still only lunchtime!
Honestly, I’ve been a bit down since we came back from up north. There are so many cool people up there, and so many incredible things to see and do. We’ve been trying more lately to remember what is incredible about Florida. People come here from all over the world, we shouldn’t be quite so anxious to leave. As jealous as I am of all of the snow my northern friends have been getting, I have to admit that there’s really nowhere I’d rather be during winter than here in Florida. Right now, end of January, it’s 70F and beautiful outside.
As is usual on our “fishing” trips, we didn’t catch a thing. But that’s not really the point…