After multiple tries and by hogging the entire two boat ramp, we successfully launched our19' fishing boat. This was my first time backing up a trailer, to say I was nervous is an understatement). The bay was beautiful and we started catching sea trout right away. I'm always on the hunt for dolphins so I was anxious to move around to find the dolphins. Just as we're about to move to another location, the little fish start jumping out of the water and here comes a dolphin lazily swimming by. Our boat has a trolling motor which allows for quiet stalking so we followed for awhile. I suggested a boat name - Dolphin Seeker.
Now that I had my dolphin fix, it was back to fishing. Our next siting was a huge leopard manta ray about 4' feet by 4' and then the excitement of the day... A large sea turtle. We were heading back to the marina and saw a ripple in the water and then a full size sea turtle surfaces. It was like having a dinosaur come out of the water. There were fish resting on it's shell, going along for the ride, and when it surfaced they swam away. New boat name- Turtle Seeker. The next day we saw a small sea turtle, sand dollars, a star fish and sea urchins.
For those wives who have ever had to back up a trailer, after 6 trips up and down the boat ramp, I went from trailer novice to trailer pro. In my husband's eyes, my worth increased with every trip up and down the ramp and was a nice glimpse into our future retired life.
After 10 years of regularly visiting Cape San Blas, I still marvel at the beauty!