What better way to celebrate our wedding anniv, Easter and my birthday other than camping with my husband in the, always breathtaking, Everglades! 3 nights, 3 different campsites – including one night on the Sweetwater chickee along the Wilderness Waterway. For those who don’t know, a chickee is an elevated wooden camping platform in the water (and my new favorite way to camp!) 🙂
We traveled over 140 miles in our boat and saw so many awesome sites! Each night we enjoyed amazing sunsets and incredible star gazing thanks to the late moonrise (which was also beautiful).
The weather dipped into the low 40’s one morning but at night, it was perfect weather for the bioluminescent display in Sweetwater bay – we’ve never seen anything like it! Also, as I stood on the chickee waiting for our dinner to heat, Lucas spotted several “v”‘s in the water all around our sleeping platform! …SHARKS!!! They were waiting on their dinner too – thankfully it wasn’t us! An incredible site but briefly unnerving as well!!
There are few words for the display that was Easter sunrise on Pavilion Key – we were able to capture a photo that helps a bit. The site was breathtaking and really summed up the entire trip – which left us feeling so blessed to be spending time together in God’s creation and thankful for His sacrifice.
The fishing was great! We got a backwater slam including my 19 in trout, Lucas’ 31 in snook, and a beautiful red (though he missed the memo as he was much more white from being off shore). I caught my first bullshark and Lucas manhandled it right onto the boat for a few quick pictures! I wanted to hold it, but this guy was angry and the timing just wasn’t right this time – somehow Lucas made it look easy and got him back into the water safely!!
We ended with 15 trout, 8 snook, 1 red, a spanish mackerel and 1 shark – not to mention plenty of Jack – which are always fun to get to the boat when using light tackle!
The real prize was being with Lucas – he’s my best friend, my fishing buddy and he’s agreed to be my husband for life!! What more could a gal ask for … okay maybe a tarpon!! 😉
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Thanks for catching up with us!