31 March 2009

Bluefish in North Carolina...Living in a Lighthouse

Tuesday, 31 March:

Bluefish Being Caught in North Carolina

“Fishing continues to improve in area waters with warmer temperatures. The first bluefish of the year are being caught from the surf, while plenty of false albacore are being caught starting 10 miles off the beach. Offshore fishermen are reporting catches of grouper, kings, wahoo, dolphin and tuna. Inshore fishermen are reporting catches of speckled trout, whiting, puppy drum and flounder.”

Article: StarNewsOnline.com

The bluefish go pretty far south in the winter...reports were thick of catches all over the Florida coast this past season; indeed, we've caught them in January and February in Everglades National Park off Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Although we're still many weeks away from the blues arriving in Connecticut, the fact that they're in NC is a positive note for Connecticut saltwater fishermen.

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Ever Daydream about Living in a Lighthouse?

"...dusk falls, and an electronic sensor triggers the beacon at the top of the lighthouse, starting its night-time pulsing. The swirling light falls at the level of the treetops in the parklike setting of the point near the mouth of the Housatonic River.

"Rebecca Coleman, standing in the doorway of the keeper's house, talks about how this is probably the most beautiful place she will ever live."

Whole story at: ConnPost.com

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Tomorrow's ConnecticutSaltWaterFishing.com Headlines:

New NOAA Chief Abreast of Problem

......Surfer Lands on Duck

............Man has Fish Growing Out of Head

Don't miss this issue!


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30 March 2009

Housy May Be Big Winner...ESPN Saltwater Series...Saltwater Expo

Monday, 30 March:

Connecticut DEP May Have $2 Million Plus to Spend on Housatonic River

"The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was the big winner in the race to secure funding for Housatonic River restoration projects, according to a draft plan released this week by the Natural Resource Trustee SubCouncil for Connecticut.

"The DEP requested $2,812,580 in funding to purchase recreational access and conservation easements on properties adjacent to rivers and streams within the Housatonic River basin in Connecticut. It seeks to purchase access easements for up to 20 miles of stream belts and conservation easements for up to 1.3 miles of cold-water fish habitat. Target sites have not yet been identified."

Further details: CountyTimes.com

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TV: Outdoors Saltwater Series, Sunday 05 April

"Highlighting the second quarter of ESPN2 Outdoors programming, the inaugural episode of the anticipated ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series presented by Take Me Fishing on ESPN2 will air Sunday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. ET.

"The second quarter will feature prominent newcomers like the EOSS and Going Coastal while outdoors enthusiasts will still enjoy fan favorites like Wanna Go Fishing and the Madfin Shark Series."

Details: ESPN

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Providence, RI: Saltwater Fishing Show Starts Friday, 03 April

"As many as 15,000 Northeastern anglers are expected to attend the New England Saltwater Fishing Show, Friday through Sunday, April 5, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Next Sunday, Family Day, admission is free for women and children 12 and under.

"The show will feature 19 free seminars, with an all-star lineup of regional fishing experts…."

For information: Projo.com


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29 March 2009

Shoo-Fly 3 Looking Forward to Getting Out on the Water

Sunday, 29 March:

Shoo-Fly 3 Back on the Water

We haven't made our first fishing trip of the year, in Connecticut, that is, as a number of factors have conspired against us, not the least of which is cold weather. However, Shoo-Fly 3 is back in the marina and raring to go.

As you can see from the photo Shoo-Fly 3 is nestled in next to the Harbor Master's boat...so the two can keep each other company, apparently.

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FL Fishermen Caught with Two Tons of Illegal Fish

"While four fishermen were out looking for their big catch Friday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers netted a big catch of their own. When first caught by FWC Friday morning, four men each faced at least one third-degree felony charge. As of Tuesday afternoon, additional charges were mounting against the men who caught about 4,000 pounds of fish in their gill nets, FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferrara reported.

“'This is a big case for us,' she added.

The case was made as officers worked a net detail at about 2 a.m. on Friday in Caxambas Pass, off Marco Island.

"The men each faced a third-degree felony charge for use of monofilament entangling nets, or gill nets, as of FWC’s investigation Friday. An additional felony charge has mounted and more misdemeanors are pending.

"A legal net cannot be more than 500 square feet and the gill nets seized by FWC officers were about 48,000 square feet.

More on this item: MarcoNews.com

Photo is from the Internet and has no relation to the article above...serves just to give an idea as to what a gillnet looks like.

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28 March 2009

Don't Go Around Kissing Fish

Saturday, 28 March:

Don't Go Around Kissing Fish

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We've all seen the good ol' boys on TV kissing their largemouth bass before returning them to the water...well! The Fisherman[1] points out that kissing your catch can lead to a fisherman catching something else: Giardia.

If you come down with Giardiasis, Wikipedia says, "A small number of infected individuals experience an abrupt onset of abdominal cramps, explosive, watery diarrhea, vomiting, foul flatus, and fever which may last for 3-4 days before proceeding into a more sub-acute phase. The majority of infected persons develop gradual symptoms that become recurrent or resistant."

Sounds like a lot of fun!

The Fisherman says, in addition, "...use Purell or any of the other hand disinfectants. Immediately clean any cuts or scrapes and keep your hands away from your mouth."

[1] The Fisherman, New England Edition, No. 13, 26 March 2009, NEF Publishing Corp., 6 Avery St., Mystic, CT 06355; p. 3

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Coast Guard Calls Off Search for NJ Fishermen

Following-up on yesterday's story: "Four fishermen missing since Tuesday were presumed dead when the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. The 37-hour search proved fruitless as the Coast Guard tried to find survivors from the 71-foot scallop boat Lady Mary after it sank about 75 miles off Cape May.

"Royal 'Fuzzy' Smith Sr., of Bayboro, N.C., owner of the Lady Mary, conceded there was no hope the missing men were alive, including his own brother Tarzon 'Bernie' Smith, of Wildwood. The other missing crewmen include Frank Reyes of Cape May Court House, William Torres of Wildwood and Frank Credle, who used to reside here on Shunpike Road but had been living on the Lady Mary."

Whole article is worth reading: PressOfAtlanticCity.com

Photo: Scallop boat



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27 March 2009

Only Suvivor Wore Cold-Weather Gear

Friday, 27 March:

"Cold-Water Gear a Factor in Lone Survivor's Rescue

'No more,' he said, choking up as he made a sweeping motion with his hand. 'They no more.'

"Tough men bit their lips as they shook Ariese's coarse hands and women sobbed as they embraced him. It had become increasingly clear by 5 p.m. that Ariese may be the only survivor of a tragedy that took place 75 miles east of Cape May yesterday morning, when the seven crew members of the Lady Mary were cast into the frigid Atlantic Ocean."

Read the whole story at: Philly.com

Photo: Cold-Weather Immersion Suit

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42% of the Fish We Buy are Farm-Raised

"Where generations once relied on the bounty of local waters, we now consume seafood from around the world. And many of those fish and shellfish are being “farmed” rather than caught.

"Eighty-four percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported, and of that, half is farm-raised...."

Article: BuffaloNews.com

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Stripers Starting Early in Raritan Bay[1]

"The striped bass action has started early this year in the upper reaches of Raritan Bay. Anglers fishing the banks have been scoring keeper bass on clams.

"Captains Rich Swisstack and Dave Torrick of Shore Catch Guide Service are well known to the fishing community as anglers who start early in the season, hitting the banks almost every night."

[1] Raritan Bay is between Staten Island, NY and Monmouth County, NJ

Article: NorthJersey.com

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26 March 2009

Saltwater Anglers Support 534,000 Jobs in the Industry

Thursday, 26 March:

Saltwater Anglers Spent $31.4 Billion in '06

NOAA says that saltwater anglers spent $31.4 billion in 2006; for example, they spent $5.8 billion nationwide on expenses related to their fishing trips, such as ice and bait. "Another $25.6 billion was spent on fishing equipment such as boats, rods, reels and tackle. The same study says that the $31 billion supported 534,000 jobs."

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Housy Cleanup: Nothing Simple About It

There could be a new direction in the plan to clean up PCBs from portions of the Housatonic River. General Electric has outlined some river cleanup alternatives that are more environmentally friendly. But there could be a catch."

More: CapitalNews.com

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Long Island Sound Lobster Catch in '07...Not a Bright Picture

"Between 1997 and 2007, the number of lobsters taken dropped by more than 90 percent, to 1,648, down from a three-decade high of 16,467, according to tracking data from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

"Connecticut state lawmakers dedicated $1 million in 2006 to line up fishermen and get them to cut a notch in the shape of a "V" on the bottom fins of females. They throw the females back into the Sound and receive a bounty for each.

"'The V-notch program on its face makes sense,' said Mark Tedesco, who oversees the Sound for the Environmental Protection Agency. 'If the females keep getting put back and grow larger, they can produce a lot of eggs.'

"The first year, which ran from November 2007 to July, with 15 lobstermen participating, ate up all but $185,000 of the budget, but Connecticut environmental officials who track the Sound species populations say 93,000 females were notched."

Source: LoHud.com [full article not available]

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25 March 2009

Connecticut DEP...Piping Plovers...Sand Eels

Wednesday, 25 March:

Connecticut DEP Wants Your Fishing Results

The Connecticut DEP's Volunteer Angler Survey is based on trip reports submitted by anglers over the course of a season. The 2008 results are being tabulated; however, the data for 2007 showed:

Bluefish: Anglers reported 1,393 trips targeting blues and recorded 2,260 bluefish at least 12" in length; this translates to 1.6 blues per trip.

Striped Bass: Anglers caught a total of 6,845 fish in 2,157 trips...or 3.2 stripers per trip.

Anglers report releasing 73% of legal bass and about 75% of the bluefish.

The data come from both boat anglers who reported catching at least one bluefish, striper, flounder, fluke, porgy, tautog, or black sea bass 93% of the time, and shore anglers who reported a catch 74% of the time. [Knew there was a good reason to spend all that money on a boat!]

We didn't participate in the 2007 survey, which is probably good as we'd have really changed the data. Our catch-per-trip ratios are extremely high compared to the reported data.

Any angler wishing to participate in the 2009 program can contact:

Rod MacLeod
Department of Environmental Protection
Marine Fisheries Office
P.O. Box 719
Old Lyme, CT 06371
E-mail: rod.macleod@ct.gov

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Piping Plovers Coming Back

"With all the shoveling of snow, sleet and ice we've done so far this winter, it may be difficult to remember that in the summer, shovels are also used to build sand castles at the beach. And during those trips to the shore, you may have noticed a small, sandy-colored shorebird with a black ring around its neck tippy-toeing along the beach."

Read the whole story at: Hartford Courant


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Fish Story

"In the April 2009 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, author Dick Talleur shared his incredible story of hooking some apparently discarded monofilament, only to find a striped bass on the end."

Article has a recipe for a nice sand eel fly pattern.

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24 March 2009

Water: Taken for Granted and Abused

Tuesday, 24 March:

America's Water Crisis

"Water lubricates the American economy just as oil does. It is intimately linked to energy because it takes water to make energy, and it takes energy to divert, pump, move, and cleanse water. Water plays a critical role in virtually every segment of the economy, from heavy industry to food production, from making semiconductors to providing Internet service. A prosperous future depends on a secure and reliable water supply. And we don't have it. To be sure, water still flows from taps, but we're draining our reserves like gamblers at the craps table.

"...The evidence is everywhere-though if it is noticed, it is forgotten with the next drenching rain. Consider the following events that have occurred since 2007:

-Colorado farmers watched their crops wither because of a lack of irrigation water.
-Atlanta, Georgia, came within three months of running out, so it banned watering lawns, washing cars, and filling swimming pools.
-Orme, Tennessee, did run out and was forced to truck water in from Alabama.
-Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography predicted that Lake Mead, which supplies water to Los Angeles and Phoenix, could dry up by 2021.
-Water shortages caused California farmers to cut the tops off hundreds of healthy, mature avocado trees in a desperate attempt to keep them alive.
-Lake Superior, the earth's largest freshwater body, was too shallow to float fully loaded cargo ships.
-Decimated salmon runs prompted cancellation of the commercial fishing season off the coasts of California and Oregon."

Read the whole article: Unquenchable...

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Water Crisis Not Helped by Branford, CT Company

""A Branford company is facing sentencing over toxic discharges released into the Branford River and Long Island Sound.

"Officials say Atlantic Wire's repeated discharges of toxic wastewater between 2005 and early 2008 killed hundreds of crabs. The company will be sentenced this Friday in U.S. District Court in Hartford.

"Connecticut authorities say Atlantic Wire has agreed to pay $1.5 million, and to spend nearly $900,000 to clean up its site."

Complete story: WTNH.com


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23 March 2009

Eating Fish...Good for You, Not for Your Cat?

Monday, 23 March:


Eating Fish: Good for You?

"Health agencies and the medical community around the world recommend the consumption of fish for health benefits and people in developed countries have been urged to increase their consumption of fatty fish 2 to 3 fold.

"However, there has been insufficient attention given to studies that fail to show a significant health benefit from omega-3 fatty acids and the evidence that while some may benefit, others may not. This analysis looks at the evidence for the health benefits of fish."

Read the whole article at: MedicalNewsToday.com

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"Cat Got Your Fish?

"...Coco, like most American cats, ate fish. And a great deal of them — more in a year than the average African human, according to Jason Clay at the World Wildlife Fund. And unlike the chicken or beef Coco also gobbled up, all those fish were wild animals, scooped out of the sea and flown thousands of carbon-belching miles to reach his little blue bowl.

"The use of wild fish in animal feed is a serious problem for the world’s food systems. Around a third of all wild fish caught are “reduced” into fish meal and fish oil."

Very interesting article:

New York Times

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22 March 2009

Fly Tyers and Dolphins

Sunday, 22 March:


Fly-Tyers Less Likely to Face Brain-Fade with Age

A study indicates that middle aged and older people who work out their minds can keep their minds stronger.

"...the Mayo Clinic bases that on a look at people between the ages of 70 and 89. Some had a little memory loss – called mild cognitive impairment. Others did not. All were asked about things they did in middle age, from 50 to 65.

"People who kept their brains active with things like reading, games, computer activities and crafts were 30 percent to 50 percent less likely to have developed mild cognitive impairment."

Source: HHS.gov

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Dolphins in Stony Creek

"Experts aren’t sure if these photos are of bottlenose dolphins or pilot whales‑which are actually not whales but dolphins‑but either way, the Stony Creek sighting is exciting. Once an inhabitant of Long Island Sound, marine mammals disappeared for generations but are slowly returning to the area, according to experts."

Read the whole story at: TheDay.com




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21 March 2009

Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River in the News

Saturday, 21 March:

"Look to Long Island Sound for a Great Fishing Experience

"With one of the foremost fisheries anywhere, Long Island Sound and its tributaries have always and, hopefully, will continue to provide a bounty of fish. Formed during the ice age, it’s a natural habitat and a place for fish to feed, nourish, grow and reproduce. From here, freshly caught seafood can dress any table and provide important daily supplements to one’s diet."

Read the whole article at: TheDay.com

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"Grants Promote Housatonic River Restoration

"Four area towns are the indirect beneficiaries of decades-old PCB pollution of the Housatonic River. The Housatonic River Basin Natural Resources Restoration Project has chosen 27 projects to receive about $7 million in grants out of $9 million available.

"The money is part of a consent decree Connecticut signed with the state of Massachusetts, General Electric Co., and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. In that decree, GE accepted responsibility for cleaning polychlorinated biphenyls -- PCBs -- out of the Housatonic River."

Read the whole article at: NewsTimes.com

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20 March 2009

As Recesssion Worsens, More Go Fishing...

Friday, 20 March:

"Hard times have had this effect on Americans before. In the last U.S. recession, from 2001 to 2002, spending on fishing rods and reels rose 12 percent to $343 million, according to the National Sporting Goods Association, a trade body that measures how much people spend on sporting goods.



"That can add up. When including the cost of fishing rods, tackle boxes, lures, lines and other equipment, recreational fishing in the United States is a $2.2 billion industry, according to the association's data, which excludes spending on fishing tourism, clothing and fishing lessons."

Read the whole article: Reuters

Photo: Newtown Bait & Tackle

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Derby: "A group of volunteers, including city officials, residents and United Illuminating employees will spend a day cleaning up the banks of the Naugatuck River by the Greenway. The cleanup will be held March 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Anyone who wants to take part in the cleanup can call the mayor's office at 736-1450 for more information. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. that morning behind Tailgaters Restaurant. However, they are asked not to park in the restaurant's parking lot."

Read the whole article: Bridgeport Post


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19 March 2009

Houses Not the Only Property Facing Foreclosure: Boats Too

Thursday, 19 March:

Interesting article from the Hartford Courant

"The fenced storage yard at Northeast Marine Liquidation is brimming with lost luxury — sleek speedboats, sumptuous sport yachts, Bayliners and Boston Whalers — all unmoored from people who couldn't pay.

"Business is up for boat repossession companies in Connecticut and throughout the country as the recession strips away nonessentials. At Northeast Marine — which repossesses boats, then sells them — dollar sales in 2008 increased 25 percent from the previous year, with more than half the boats going to foreign buyers...."

Read the whole story: CLICK HERE

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Note that the CT DEP says, "Effective 0001 hours Friday, March 20, 2009 the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types except lobster pots."

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18 March 2009

Sometimes You Have to Buy Fish...

Wednesday, 18 March:

Interesting report from CNNHealth.com:

"It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the fish counter. Which is tastiest? Which is healthiest? Which is the most sustainable choice?

"Fish provides a good source of protein, vitamin B, but more than half of Americans seldom eat it.

"Partly because of all the confusion, more than half of Americans seldom, if ever, eat fish, and if they do, it's usually at a restaurant. That's unfortunate because fish, particularly those high in a type of healthful fat called omega-3 fatty acids, can confer substantial health benefits.

"Moreover, fish is easy to cook at home. Here you'll learn the essentials so you can choose the tastiest, healthiest, and most sustainable fish at the market and enjoy it at your table...."

Read the whole report: CLICK HERE



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17 March 2009

Back in Connecticut

Tuesday, 17 March:

It's probably another beautiful day in Islamorada...but we're not there anymore...we're back in Connecticut where, for the middle of March, it was a very nice day. Looks as though March may do the old "in like a lion, out like a lamb" thing...at least we hope it will.

Thanks to all those who followed our Islamorada Journal 2009. We appreciate you and your comments.

So ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com is once again blogging about fishing in Long Island Sound and the lower Housatonic River.


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16 March 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...It's all over, folks

Monday, 16 March:

It's probably another beautiful day in Islamorada...we can't say for sure because we're not there, but are traveling home to Connecticut.

ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com will be back with news about fishing in Long Island Sound and the lower Housatonic River within a few days.

Thanks to all those who read Islamorada Journal 2009. We appreciate you and your comments.



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15 March 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...Day...Last

Sunday, 15 March:

It's another beautiful day in Islamorada: Unfortunately, it's our last day here. Actually, by the time you read this, we'll undoubtedly already be on the road, on our way to the AutoTrain and home.

So there's no story for today...just a mixture of sadness at leaving and joy of going home to see our seven children and eleven grandchildren.

Instead of words, here are some of our favorite people photos from this year:

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14 March 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...Day 68

Saturday, 14 March: 0800:

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Today is Leslie's Birthday...Happy Birthday Leslie!

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It's another beautiful day in Islamorada: 73° with east to southeast winds near 15 knots and gusty. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers.

Friday: Packed up Shoo-Fly 2 and took her back to the marina for storage. This is always a sad time for me as I do like that little boat; and, of course, it marks the end of fishing in Islamorada for the year and it means goodbye to Wayne, Linda, and Hanson for a while.

But, Wayne took Caryl and me to the Lorelei for lunch which put an end to my gloomy feelings. Caryl shared a bite of her Key Lime Pie with us and we all agreed: It's a 10.

Back at the house, washed down and dried all the rods; packed up the reels and fishing gear; put the rods in their carrying tubes. Cleaned all the accumulated shopping bags, jackets, and other objects, gear, and bits & pieces out of the car and started re-packing in a manner that might, eventually, lead to getting all of our possessions into the car.

Checked the tire pressures. OK, but will reset them again in the morning when it's cool. Transmission has been making clunking noises from 1st to 2nd, so that's going to have to be checked out back home...along with straightening out a slightly bent fender section from where someone got us when we were not in the car...which means it happened either in one of the nasty parking lots[1] down here or on the AutoTrain.

Saturday: We'll be finishing up the packing in the morning, and then taking time to relax in the afternoon.

Sunday, we'll be gone by 0700.

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Here are some of our favorite photos of flora and fauna from this year: [Tomorrow, favorite photos of folk.]

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FOOTNOTES:
[1] Nasty parking lots: Never seen so many small, miserable, tight parking lots. If one were going to live here year 'round, would be best to have a 1963 Ford Pinto to drive when going shopping.

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