Yes, I am back, back in black. New bottom paint for the Muspa. It was time for a change of color. Grinding and sanding is always no fun. However it gives me time to think. There is nothing more thought inspiring for a water person than laying underneath his or her craft and grinding. Thinking of each scratch on the bottom and knowing where each one came from. I guess it was the long scratch on the bottom two summers ago in June in the Ten Thousand Islands that got me thinking. Maybe it was the dust of the paint. Whatever it was, I have been researching Cape Sable and the plants that were planted there ever since I took my first break grinding. The first Mango recorded in Florida was in 1883. ( That statement alone sends shivers to my tongue.) To think of this going on in a place that is extremely remote even today makes me wonder. Could there be a lone tree that is still there? Some may say no. I like to think otherwise. (The glass is always half full) I look forward to exploring that area by boat later this year. Grinding underneath your boat can lead to many things mostly being sore and very dusty, however this grinding time under my boat led to new possibilities and adventures in a place I love, The Ten Thousand Islands. And yes I will be glad to be back.
Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.
You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”
Historian, Betty Anholt
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