Volunteers getting the kayaks ready for our vets.
I like to think that these trips aren’t all about the fishing. Once upon a time (for me, anyway) it wasn’t a successful trip unless I caught something worth bragging about. But I’ve learned that there is something more to them. Bonding with a friend or son, letting go of the day’s burdens and enjoying what the day has given you, just being on the water and relaxing - these are things our trips supply. I was told by one of the vets joining us for the first time that he just wanted to fish, and that’s what he did. He was first out and one of the last ones back, hot and tired, but with a big smile on his face. Just the way we like it.
We called it quits around noon. Everyone met up at the rest area pavilion for some great chow and swapping information on the day’s fishing. Aside from sea trout, not much else was caught, but a good day was had by all. These events have taught me several of life’s lessons, but I came away with one important one this weekend:
When kayak fishing, always carry a paddle with you. No matter what.
Thanks to all our volunteers and to John Bishop and Greg Becker for the extra photos. And a big thanks to Mark Robichaux for cooking another fine meal.