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Another Dry Tortugas Adventure Part 3

Posted by Shane On December 14th

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all doing great. I hope each and everyone of you had a great Thanks Giving. I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends. This is what it is all about. The family and I had a great time. We went out to the woods with my inlaws. We had about 52 people come out. Skippie my Mother in Law did all the cooking. Turkey, Ham, all the fixings. The best part was the swamp Cabbage, Bob, my Father in law went out with the kids and got. We call it killing a Swamp Cabbage, which entails going out on the swam buggy and finding the perfect cabbage tree and then Bob works his magic and pulls the heart out of the tree with the help of all the kids. He then brings it to the camp and cuts it all up and Skippie cooks it. It is the best thing you have ever tasted. Skippie also makes a whole bunch of home made pies. Oh my and they are good. I am going to share some of our Thanks Giving with you. I will mostly show you photos of the beauty Florida has to offer, YES, beside the water. I am obviously a water boy, but I also love the nature and beauty of the woods. Enjoy the photos…

The next few photos you are going to see is at a friends camp a few miles away. He has a Wild Hog named Buck Shot. Any time Brad yells come on Buck Shot, come on. The Hog comes running. This Hog is still very sketchy but, she will eat out of your hand as long as you are nice and slow. Brad has had buck shot hanging around for about 4 years now I think he said. Check out the photos…

Hope you enjoyed the photos of our Thanks Giving. I know it is way different than most peoples Thanks Givings. The important part is that most of the family was there and a lot of friends were there. It was very nice to see everyone and spend some time with them.

Okay now onto the really fun part of the boating guide…


We last left off with a great day of fishing, an outstanding dinner on the boat and an amazing sunset. It just does not get any better than this, right?? Well it did get better after the sun went down, it was dark, I mean dark. We are out in the middle of no where. No luminescence of city lights, no light at all. When you look up into the night sky all you see are thousands and thousands of stars. Shooting stars, Comets blasting across the sky with these long tales. We saw the big dipper, the little dipper, the seven sisters, the milky way.. Yes I am throwing these name names out, I am pretty sure they all exist. All I can say it was amazing, just amazing. Oh and my buddy told the bright lights that were moving across the sky slowly from one side of the horizon to the other were satellites. Pretty darn neat.

Another amazing site is watching the sunrise first thing in the morning. The sky begins to glow orange and then the birds start squawking and talk. Then you see this big red fire ball rising on the horizon. What great site to see.. Check out the photos…..


During breakfast we all decided to go tour Fort Jefferson before we went fishing. The Fort is such an incredible place. You have to think, how in the world did they haul all these bricks and materials out.

Built in the mid-1800’s, with over 16 million bricks, this is America’s largest coastal fort. Originally constructed to protect the important Gulf of Mexico shipping lanes, Fort Jefferson was used as a military prison during the Civil War. During this time, it was “home” to Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of complicity in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Go to….. To learn more about this amazing place. It will also give you different ways to get out to the Fort if you do not have your own boat. Enjoy these photos….

After spending some time at the Fort, the ocean was calling to us,,,come fish, come fish πŸ™‚ We headed out to the beautiful blue ocean…..

On the way to our fishing spot we passed what is called Middle Key. It is just a mound of fine, fine sand and shells, nothing else. It sits in between the Fort and Hospital Key. I will tell you more about that after we talk some more fishing πŸ™‚

We got to our new fishing spot and put out the chum bag, with in a few minutes..Bammm….. FISH ON!!!!!

We had a great bite on for a long time. We caught Mutton Snapper like you just saw. A bunch of Yellow Tail, Mangrove Snapper and Grouper. It was great πŸ™‚

We were all getting hungry and decided to go back to Middle Key and anchor up in the flat calm water and swim up to the beach. This is a really cool island, if you want to call it this. As we were pulling up, I felt like we should have seen the two beach chairs and table with a bucket full of ice and Corona Beer. A quick story about Middle Key and Hospital key. When the Yellow Fever epidemic took over the Fort and people were getting sick and dying. They took the sick people to Hospital key to die so they would not infect the other people at the Fort. Well Middle Key was in between the Fort and Hospital key. I have to wonder if people were brought to Middle Key to die as well… Check out the photos…

Words cannot describe this place.. The water is crystal clear, fresh ocean sea breeze. Like the song says, ” No Worries Be Happy” this is the place.

I hope you enjoyed the photos….

I have to go now, but look for part 4 next week of Another Dry Tortugas Adventure.

Remember take time out for family and friends. Plan something fun to do. Do not put it off, do it now. I know times are tight for everyone, but if you wait until you think you can afford it, well then you will never do it. Kind of like having kids, If I had waited till I could have afforded to have kids, then I would have probably never had kids. As you know I have two amazing kids, Ciara and Wade. My pride and joy and I would not change anything for the world πŸ™‚

Till Next time. Make it a great week!!!! πŸ™‚

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson



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