Here are most of the pictures from our day - I'm saving a silly set for Friday's mishmash - but this tells the story pretty well.
The boat! It's a trawler - see that uppermost part? That's the flying bridge, where I pretended to drive the boat when we first got on board.
Look how easy it is!
Setting off - jump on the boat, Terry!!! (her job is to untie the boat from the dock)
Look at their fancy Garmin! Kinda puts Ricky Bobby to shame...this thing was pretty cool.
Terry finishing the launch procedures - note the headset she's wearing...both she and John wear them for launching and docking, which makes communicating a breeze - no having to bellow to each other. John says these headsets are referred to as "marriage savers" in the boating world, lol.
And we're off! As we headed out to Galveston Bay I noticed the flag art on the bridge as we approached it - do you see it there?
On our way out, we went by the Kemah Boardwalk - I've never been there and of course now I want to go!
See The Beast? No, not Jeff (haha, I crack myself up!) - the boat with the painted-on teeth! We saw that boat out in the water - the people on board were getting completely drenched, and I'm sure, having a blast!
Big, big ships - we were on the outskirts of the Houston shipping channel.
Admiral Terry piloting the boat - doesn't she look like she was born to do this?
Random pelicans on a marker.
Our destination - Redfish Island - just a little hook of a sandbar, basically, where lots of boats drop anchor and hang around. I thought the island was made of sand, but it's all shells and some big rocks. Plus a lot of debris from storms. This is one island I would hate to be stranded on - no shelter at all!
Garmin shot - although it says the depth is less than three feet of water, that's after the keel, which is about another four feet, I think - so we were in about seven feet of water. You'd think it would be much deeper, since we were in the middle of the bay - well, at least, I would!
Captain John and Jeff, just after we set anchor.
Ready for a fun day in the water!
I will tell you that just after we got there, we spotted a lone jellyfish in the water. But by the time we got our swim suits on and the floaties blown up, it was gone, so we all got in the water - frankly, it was hot and that water felt GREAT. ::cue Jaws music:: Dun duh, dun duh, dun dun dun dun...eek! Not five minutes after I was in the water, I felt something wrap around my ankle and WHAM - stung me! I've never been stung by a jellyfish before, but I knew instantly that's what it was. Ouchies. I quickly swam to the boat to get out of the water (side note: Jeff observed that I was pretty fast - well yes, considering that A) I've been swimming miles for months now; and B) in my mind, that jellyfish had grown to the size of an octopus and its long tentacles were coming for me again!!!) - I got out and found this:
I was surprised at how long the stinging lasted...and then, periodically, I would get another zap of a sting throughout the rest of the day and evening! Terry got out of the water and Googled what to do about jellyfish stings (of course you know Jeff was offering the pee cure, which I was not going for - it didn't hurt THAT bad) - vinegar was one recommendation, and she had some on the boat, so we tried it. I guess it helped a bit - I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so while it was uncomfortable, it wasn't like I was dying of pain or anything.
Anyway, I wasn't keen on getting back into the water - but Jeff and John weren't worried at all:
Rough life, eh boys?
Terry and I decided to get out their kayak and paddle over to the island - you know, I don't think I've ever kayaked before, but I did great! We paddled (thank you, swimming, for giving me strong arms that didn't get tired) to the island and walked around it for a bit, where of course I had to collect some shells. These were mainly oyster shells - it really was incredible to be on a piece of land that was made entirely of shells - no sand, no dirt - yes, I am easily amazed!
Admiral Terry and I - two sporty girls! Jeff is floating with the jellyfish.
Relaxing on the ride back.
We really enjoyed our day on the water, even with the jellyfish, although I could have done without that, truth be told. We headed back to the dock - check out the view from Terry and John's house (and dock):
They actually were married on a boat near this lighthouse - how romantic that they ended up finding a house so close to it! Ahhh, love. :)