When we were discussing our trip I called Pelican Adventures, the business that would take us on this deep sea fishing adventure. I needed to ask questions and hear answers myself...What is the boat like? Is it safe for my kids? (I really didn't want them going overboard!!) Are there life jackets? Will I feel the waves? What about being sea sick? Will I see land or only water all around me? Will I feel the waves? How long will we be on the boat? Is it like riding an airplane, if you go out early you feel less turbulence, so if we go out early will we feel less waves?
You get the idea.
The lady who spoke with me was kind and patient, sweetly answering my questions and addressing my concerns. She gave me the name of this website so we could check the estimated height of the waves a few days in advance and suggested we book our fishing trip on a day that said 1-2ft. When we were looking at this site in Florida, I doubted I was reading it correctly, so I called them. A young man answered and I gave him an ear full of my concerns and the added concern of news reports about flesh eating bacteria. (which after much researching this is a naturally occurring bacteria in warm, salt water, if you do not eat oysters, you have no open wounds while surfing the waters, shower, and pray for Jesus to calm your fears you will be fine!) He was very nice and patient and helped me decide what day would be a good for someone like me to go out.
The customer service at this place rocked!!!!
I wasn't as nervous as I expected on the day we were going out to sea. I am thankful that I didn't let fear win, nor did my daughter!!! We had a blast, and no one went overboard. However, my oldest daughter did have a bad case of sea sickness on the way out, but with peppermint oil, peppermints, rest, and staring at the horizon she was able to feel better and I got a little queasy on the way back....but it was worth it!!
|The water was beautiful!|
|Our captain. I also learned that bananas are not allowed on boats! |
Apparently in the boating world they are bad luck. I didn't get a pic
of our deck hand, but those boys worked so hard helping everyone fish!
I loved watching this flag!
|Fishing with these rods was much harder |
than I expected. The weight on the line
made it pretty heavy!
They call this the emerald coast. It was amazing to see so much down in the water, it was so clear! It was beautiful!
Satan wants you to be paralyzed by fear, but when you move past the fear there is beauty, freedom, memories, and fun to be had.
What are you letting fear keep you from? Are you going to choose to hold the hand of Jesus or drown??
Chase what matters. All things through Christ.
"When I am afraid, I will trust in You." (Psalms 56:3 HCSB)