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NON-STOP ADVENTURE FUN!!! Afternoon Session.

Posted by 18 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everybody, Welcome Back!!! I’m finally getting a chance to finish up the afternoon blog for last week, July 10 – 13, 2012 session. I’ve been so crazy busy doing double sessions, birthday parties and custom trips on weekends that I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet! I guess I”ve just been […]

Hi Everybody, Welcome Back!!!

I’m finally getting a chance to finish up the afternoon blog for last week, July 10 – 13, 2012 session. I’ve been so crazy busy doing double sessions, birthday parties and custom trips on weekends that I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet! I guess I”ve just been too busy having fun and adventure!!! what can I say… Sometimes having too much FUN can be exhausting!!!

To begin with though, let me just say the afternoon session had as much Non-Stop Adventure Fun as the morning group did for the week. Everything was phenominal and we had a blast from the very first second till the moment we had to come back!!! And just like the morning group, these kids were just GREAT and ready for adventure too!!! And Adventure we had!!!

Group photo by the beach.

Group photo by the beach.

Thru-out the week, we had some fabulous manatee encounters also, caught plenty of BIG barracudas, found tons of starfish and sea urchins, caught all sorts of crabs, pufferfish and striped burrfish in our hand nets, enjoyed snorkeling the Rock Garden, Peanut and Munyon Island, chased blennies and gobies around the rocks, and basically had the time of our lives!!! It was non-stop FUN!!! Wish you could have been there!

Barracuda Catchers.

Barracuda catchers.

On our fishing day we went to my secret snapper hole and the snappers had moved back in by the hundreds!!! Before we knew it, there were a dozen big snappers in the boat, and plenty of big barracuda around the boat trying to eat them before we could get them in!!! It was just great! Everybody was having a blast and catching snappers one right after the other!!! Just the way I love it!

Tommy catches a BIG lane snapper.

Tommy catches a BIG lane snapper.

Later that day we snorkeled around the shallow bar around Peanut Island and had so much FUN chasing crabs, sharp-nosed pufferfish and big, striped burrfish with our nets that we didn’t want to go home when it was time to leave!

Christopher with a striped burrfish.

Christopher with a striped burrfish.

We turned over rocks and found dozens of large swimming crabs hiding underneath, and of course, we had to give chase to those too!!! Most would get away but every now and then someone would come up with a nice big crab in their net, and we’d all check it out!

Madison catches a nice swimming crab!

Madison catches a nice swimming crab.

We stopped by Little Munyon Island a few times and found some really big beaded starfish burrowing in the sand. We didn’t have much luck finding any 9 armed starfish, but beaded starfish were everywhere!!! Let’s just say, we had a blast finding them!!!

Brian finds a beaded starfish!

Brian finds a beaded starfish.

We spent an hour or so everyday snorkeling around the Big Sandbar and watched juvenile barracudas chase menhaden all around us. We saw dozens of fighting conchs along the bottom and collected a few to check out before letting them go. I know Andy had FUN finding one after another!

Andy finds another fighting conch.

Andy finds another fighting conch.

We were so busy having Non-stop Adventure Fun, that before we knew it the week had come to an end! I can guarantee that none of us was ready to call it a week!!! It does seem the more fun your having, the faster time flies!!! Needless to say, we had a fabulous week!!! We had some awesome sea creature encounters, and we learned a pile of stuff along the way!!! It just doesn’t get any better than that!!! And that’s just the way I love it!!! I just can’t wait to do it all over again!!!

I’ll let some of my favorite pictures do the rest of the talking!!! Enjoy!!!

Mac catches another blue crab!

Mac catches another blue crab.

Matthew finds a big sea urchin!

Matthew finds a big sea urchin.

Brandon finds another beaded starfish!

Brandon finds another beaded starfish.

Samuel finds a cushion starfish!

Samuel finds a cushion starfish.

Harper finds 2 more fighting conchs!

Harper finds 2 more fighting conchs.

Another friendly manatee stops by for a visit!

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To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “July 10 – 13, 2012 PM session”.

See you all soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!
AdventureMike

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NON-STOP ADVENTURE FUN!!! Morning Session.

Posted by 16 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everybody, Welcome Back!!! We’ve just finished up another fabulous week of Non-Stop Adventure Fun!!! As usual, we started the week out with another great group of kids looking for Fun and Adventure on the lake worth lagoon! And before you could say lickety split twelve times, we were having it and the time of […]

Hi Everybody, Welcome Back!!!

We’ve just finished up another fabulous week of Non-Stop Adventure Fun!!! As usual, we started the week out with another great group of kids looking for Fun and Adventure on the lake worth lagoon! And before you could say lickety split twelve times, we were having it and the time of our lives!!!

Group on the Dream Chaser.

Group photo on Dream Chaser.

We had manatee and dolphin encounters from the very start. By the end of the week, we had found and caught lobsters, barracudas, bonitas, all kinds of crabs, 4 different species of starfish, 5 different species of sea urchins, striped burrfish and long-spined burrfish, pufferfish, pipefish, filefish, blennies and some Big lane snappers to name just a few! We had a blast snorkeling the Rock Garden, Peanut Island, the Big Sandbar and around Munyon Island. We had a ball collecting sea urchins and west indian sea eggs by the handfuls!!! Needless to say, we were busy having FUN from start to finish!!!

Sea Urchin Collectors.

Sea Urchin Collectors.

We trolled plugs for barracudas along the sandbar and inlet while we went slow, and every now and then, a big one would take the lure. On this day, Max had Fun fighting and reeling in this nice barracuda. Way to go!!!

Max catches a nice barracuda.

Max catches a nice barracuda.

Another morning the ocean was flat calm and we ran out a little bit to look for sea turtles and what ever else we might find. Before you knew it, we were in a weed line watching turtles lounge on the surface around us and flying fish scatter just off our bow! We put out the line, and a few seconds later, Max and Ethan had some nice bonitas in the boat! It was great fun watching them reel those hard fighting fish in! Nice job!!!

Ethan catches his first bonita.

Ethan catches his first bonita.

Another day we stopped by sea urchin shoals and collected sea urchins by the handfuls! We found variegated urchins, reef urchins, west indian sea eggs, a few pencil urchins and a couple of realy nice, long spined urchins that I carefully picked so they could get a better look. It was cool watching Dahlia, Davina, Julia and Michaela balance the short-spined sea urchins on their heads like sea urchin snowman!

Dahlia balancing sea urchins.

Dahlia balancing sea urchins.

We went seine netting along the grass flats and found juvenile barracudas, pipefish, pink shrimp, grass shrimp, filefish, sharp-nosed puffers and loads of other different species of grunts, snappers, mojarras and other fish. I know the group liked finding the striped burrfish and juvenile long-spined burrfish the best!!! Nice find!!!

Davina with a striped burfish!

Davina with a striped burrfish.

Later in the week, we went to a few of my secret spots and found some big lobsters under ledges, caught some nice groupers, snappers and grunts on our fishing day, chased big blue crabs around the flats, found cushion, 9 armed and beaded starfish galore, caught a cool juvenile atlantic yellow ray that had no barb, and had FUN watching as 2 friendly manatees hung right below our boat!!! It was just awesome!!! What a great week we had!!! What non-stop adventure fun!!! Wish you all could have joined us!!! We had a blast!!!

I’ll let some of my favorite pictures do the rest of the talking!!! Enjoy!!!

Julia with a BIG lobster!

Julia with a Big lobster.

Max with a barracuda. My, what nice teeth you have!

My, what nice teeth you have!

Michael catches another blue crab!

Michael catches another blue crab.

Connor with a cushion starfish.

Connor with a cushion starfish.

Michaela with a long-spined burrfish.

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Grayton with a barbless atlantic yellow ray.

Grayton with a barbless yellow ray.

Checking out a long-spined urchin. Best not to try at home!

Checking out a long spined urchin.

Friendly manatee right under the boat!

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To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “July 10 – 13, 2012 AM session”.

See you all soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!
AdventureMike

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Sea Creature Encounters, Big and Small!!!

Posted by 12 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everybody!!! Welcome Back!!! We’ve just finished up the first week of July having fun in the sun and having all sorts of cool sea creature encounters. From Big to Small, we saw them all!! The very first morning we had a wonderful manatee encounter that was followed up by a pod of bottlenose dolphin […]

Hi Everybody!!! Welcome Back!!!

We’ve just finished up the first week of July having fun in the sun and having all sorts of cool sea creature encounters. From Big to Small, we saw them all!! The very first morning we had a wonderful manatee encounter that was followed up by a pod of bottlenose dolphin hanging just off the bow, to loggerhead and green sea turtles swimming lazy circles around the boat, and then having the ocean come alive around us as thousands of bonitas boiled the surface eating anchovies for miles around. Needless to say, it was darn exciting, and we had a blast catching big bonitas left and right!!! What a way to start the very first day!!!

Group with bonitas

The next day we went seine netting and caught numerous striped burrfish, juvenile barracudas, pufferfish, hogsnappers, yellowtail snappers, filefish, mojarras, grunts by the hundreds, pipefish, pinfish, grass shrimp, pink shrimp. You name it and I think we found it!! We had so much FUN, nobody wanted to quit when it was time to go!!! From there we snorkeled the sea grass beds and found 4 different species of sea urchins, cushion starfish, 9 armed starfish, beaded starfish and even a nice horseshoe crab. It was just great!!!

Group island adventure

We spent other days snorkeling the Rock Garden, the Big Sandbar and all around Peanut Island and saw fighting conchs and queen conchs everywhere, found dozens of large swimming crabs, saw barracudas and snook by the hundreds, reef fish galore and caught more sharp nosed pufferfish with our hand nets than we could count!!! That kept us busy having FUN for hours!!!

Valeria having FUN with this Giant swimming crab!!!

Valeria with a swimming crab

Thursday was our fishing day, and as usual, we had non stop action from start to finish!! We caught tomtates, ceasars grunts, sailors choice, lane snappers, porkfish, pinfish, barracudas and even a few rough skinned filefish that the kids love to handle!!! The skin is covered with tiny tooth-like denticles, not scales, and feels exactly like that of sharks. Very cool…

Carter with a large filefish.

Carter with a large filefish

We ended the week having a most awesome manatee encounter at the Rock Garden where 2 very friendly manatees spent a few minutes swimming all around us and in between us, and acting as if they wanted us to tag along for the day. And if we could have kept up, we would!!! We were having that much FUN!!!

Friendly Manatees swim by.

friendly manatees swim by

Needless to say, we had non stop FUN and ADVENTURE during all these cool sea creature encounters!!! From the very start to the very end we had fun fun fun, all week long!!! I wish you could have joined us!!! We had a BLAST!!! I’ll let some of my favorite pictures do the rest of the talking!!! Enjoy!!!

Michael with a striped burrfish.

Michael with a striped burrfish

Kristine with a 9 armed starfish.

Kristine with a 9 armed starfish

Brianna with a cushion starfish.

Brianna with a cushion starfish

Elissa with 3 species of sea urchins.

Elissa with 3 species of sea urchins

Koen with a striped burrfish.

Koen with a striped burrfish

Stephen with a nice barracuda.

Stephen with a nice barracuda

Nathan with a cushion starfish and sea urchins.

Nathan with a cushion starfish

Eric with another striped burrfish.

Eric with a striped burrfish

Catching bonitas.

Catching bonitas

Starfish collectors.

Starfish collectors

Blue crab catchers.

Blue crab catchers

Cushion starfish.

Cushion starfish

Underwater fun.

Underwater Fun

To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “July 3 – 6, 2012 morning session”.

See you all soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!
AdventureMike

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FUN FUN FUN … ALL WEEK LONG!!! PM SESSION

Posted by 9 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everybody, Welcome back!!! We’ve just finished up another week of afternoon Fun and Adventure around the Lake Worth lagoon, and what a fabulous week we’ve had too!!! Just like the morning group, we spent the week boating up and down the intra coastal waterway, snorkeling the Rock Garden, exploring the Big Sandbar, fishing my […]

Hi Everybody, Welcome back!!!

We’ve just finished up another week of afternoon Fun and Adventure around the Lake Worth lagoon, and what a fabulous week we’ve had too!!! Just like the morning group, we spent the week boating up and down the intra coastal waterway, snorkeling the Rock Garden, exploring the Big Sandbar, fishing my secret spots and catching tons of fish non stop! We went crab catching and caught blue crabs, spider crabs, swimming crabs. You name it, and I think we caught it!! We were having a blast!! We also went back to observe those friendly manatees we saw with the morning group, and sure enough, they stopped by for another awesome visit!!!

Friendly manatees stop by for a visit.

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During the week, we caught swimming crabs under rocks, found sea urchins and starfish galore, and topped that day off finding a big horseshoe crab cruising around in the shallows too. They are always a great find!!! We found fighting conchs, beaded and cushion starfish, huge queen conchs, hermit crabs and chased pufferfish non-stop! We even caught some pufferfish bare handed which isn’t easy to do, and most everyday, had a blast at the Big Sandbar finding all sorts of cool things! Needless to say, we had non stop FUN and ADVENTURE from the very start, all week long!!! I wish you could have joined us!!! We had a BLAST!!! I’ll let some of my favorite pictures do the rest of the talking!!! Enjoy!!!

Stephen finds a nice queen conch.

Stephen finds a nice queen conch.

Armida finds a sea robin.

Armida finds a sea robin.

Casey holds a BIG blue crab.

Casey holds a BIG blue crab.

Sawyer catches a BIG swimming crab.

Sawyer catches a BIG swimming crab.

Rujul finds a horseshoe crab.

Rujul finds a horseshoe crab

Erik cruises by underwater.

Erik cruises by underwater.

Elias catches another tomtate.

Elias catches another tomtate.

Trusha holds a large spider crab.

Trusha has a large spider crab.

Sawyer finds a variegated sea urchin.

Sawyer finds another sea urchin.

Seth having FUN with a horseshoe crab.

Seth having fun with a horseshoe crab.

Bradley catches a monster swimming crab.

Bradley catches a monster swimming crab.

Caden with a cool starfish.

Caden finds a cool starfish.

To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “June 26 – 29, 2012 PM session”.
See you all soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!
AdventureMike

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FUN FUN FUN… ALL WEEK LONG!!!

Posted by 6 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everybody, Welcome back!!! We’ve just finished up another week of summer time Fun and Adventure around the Lake Worth lagoon, and what another wonderful week we’ve had!!! We spent the week boating up and down the intra coastal waterway, snorkeling the Rock Garden, exploring the Big Sandbar, fishing my secret spots and catching tons […]

Hi Everybody, Welcome back!!!

We’ve just finished up another week of summer time Fun and Adventure around the Lake Worth lagoon, and what another wonderful week we’ve had!!! We spent the week boating up and down the intra coastal waterway, snorkeling the Rock Garden, exploring the Big Sandbar, fishing my secret spots and catching tons of fish non stop! Another day we watched manatees eat sea grass all around the boat and later that day we had a ball watching a few bottlenose dolphin frolic just off our bow. We took a quick run offshore to observe some loggerhead and green sea turtles in crystal clear water and came upon a sargassum seaweed line that had mahi mahi swimming up and down it everywhere!!! They were literally jumping out of the water all around us!!! We cast out a line with a plug on it and before you knew it, Neil had one in the boat!!! Way to go!!!

Catching mahi mahi.

During the week, we caught swimming crabs under rocks, found sea urchins and starfish galore, and topped that day off finding a big horseshoe crab cruising around in the shallows. We found fighting conchs, beaded starfish, hermit crabs and watched a school of reef squid change all sorts of colors right before our eyes! We caught pufferfish bare handed and found some really cool scrawled cowfish, trunkfish, puffers, pipefish and juvenile barracudas, etc while seine netting . I think the huge checkerboard puffer and scrawled cowfish were the favorites that day! In between all that, we had a blast at the Big Sandbar finding all sorts of cool things!

Group photo on the sandbar.

We ended the week having one of the very best manatee encounters I’ve ever seen!! While anchored behind Munyon Island, we had 3 manatees come right up to the the boat, lay directly against the side and roll over like they wanted their tummies scratched. Of course we had to oblige for a few seconds. For 45 minutes they just layed there and we had a ball watching them from inches away!!! It was AWESOME for everyone!!! What a way to end the week!!!

friendly manatee

Needless to say, we had non stop FUN and ADVENTURE from start to finish and thats just the way I love it!!! I’ll let some of the pictures do the rest of the talking!!! Enjoy!!!

Neil catches a nice mahi mahi.

Neil catches a nice mahi mahi

Samuel finds a BIG cushion starfish.

Samuel finds a big cushion starfish.

Bennet catches a pufferfish.

Bennet catches a pufferfish.

Alex catches a BIG swimming crab!

Alex catches a big swimming crab.

Colin catches a spanish hogfish.

Colin catches a spanish hogfish.

Robby with a scrawled cowfish.

Robby with a scrawled cowfish.

Aaron and sammy with a checkered puffer.

Aaron and Sammy with a checkered pufferfish

Bella with a tiny trunkfish.

Bella with a tiny trunkfish.

Joey finds a fighting conch.

Joey with a fighting conch.

Joshua finds a west indian sea egg.

Joshua finds a west indian sea egg.

Elias catches a tiny pufferfish.

Elias and pufferfish

Evan finds another nice fighting conch.

Evan with fighting conch.

To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “June 26 – 29, 2012 AM session”.
See you all soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!
AdventureMike

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COOL SEA CREATURE ENCOUNTERS!!! Afternoon Session

Posted by 1 July, 2012 (0) Comment

Hi Everyone, Welcome Back!!! We”ve just finished up another wonderful week of afternoon Fun and Adventure on the Lake Worth lagoon and what an AWESOME week we had. Just like the morning session, we were lucky enough not to get rained out by tropical storm Debbie. Somehow or other we didn’t get rained on at […]

Hi Everyone, Welcome Back!!!

We”ve just finished up another wonderful week of afternoon Fun and Adventure on the Lake Worth lagoon and what an AWESOME week we had. Just like the morning session, we were lucky enough not to get rained out by tropical storm Debbie. Somehow or other we didn’t get rained on at all. Perfect! We spent our days snorkeling around Peanut Island, the Rock Garden, the Big Sandbar, Munyon Island and Blue Crab Beach for hours on end. We dipped up sargassum weed and found dozens of species of fish, shrimp and crabs. The sargassum frogfish were our favorites!We trolled plugs along the drop offs and caught big barracudas until the hooks broke off our lures and there wasn’t any paint left on them! We were catching barracudas by the boatloads and all of us taking turns reeling them in. It was just GREAT! On our fishing day we caught lane snappers, filefish, grunts, tomtates, porkfish, sergeant majors and more! What FUN days of fishing we had!!! Everybody caught fish!!! I think we caught them all!!!

Group photo with barracuda.

We did tons of fun things and had many cool sea creature encounters!!! Everytime we stopped by the Big Sandbar we found fighting conchs by the dozens and chased juvenile blue crabs around in the shallows. We watched mantis shrimp in their burrows and fighting conchs lay eggs. I think the most favorite discovery was a giant cushion starfish that was bright red. I know Jacob thought it was cool!!! We all did!!!

Jakob with a Cushion starfish.

Another afternoon we went seine netting the shallow grass beds around Munyon Island and found pipefish, juvenile barracudas, filefish, juvenile scorpion fish, yellowtail and lane snappers, grunts, mojarras, short nosed puffers, trunkfish and more! I know our favorite find was a long-spined burrfish that puffed up as if on cue. It was just GREAT and we all loved that!!! I know Crew sure did!!!

Crew with a long-spined burrfish.

Most afternoons we stopped by the Rock Garden and loved swimming with the hundreds of fish that call this area home. The water was perfect, and we watched barracudas, snook, doctorfish, angelfish, parrotfish and more swim just past our face masks. Jackie came up with a nice queen conch that was a lovely find!!! Awesome!!!

Jackie finds a queen conch.

We spent a little bit of time snorkeling along the north side of Peanut Island and around Munyon Island and chased sharp-nosed pufferfish with our nets. We worked together herding them into the shallows and scooping them up in our nets when we got the chance. It was a lot of fun and sometimes quite challenging!!! I know Gabi had fun when it was her turn to catch one!!! Way to go!!!

Gabi with a pufferfish.

As we spent our afternoons snorkeling and swimming about in the shallows, we would turn over rocks and to see what we could find. Occasionally under one of those rocks would be a giant swimming crab that would scurry about and be most difficult to catch!!! I know Rachael thought it was cool when it was her turn to catch a big one in the net! Way to go Rachael!!! Way not to get pinched too!!!

Rachael with a giant swimming crab

The strong east winds from tropical storm Debbie blue tons of sargassum weed inshore and along the shallow bar around Peanut Island. We spent about an hour scooping some up and shaking it out in our nets. We discovered all kinds of cool sea creatures from sargassum filefish, shrimp, crabs, pipefish, juvenile jacks and tripletails and more. The coolest discovery of all was finding large sargassum weed frogfish, a type of anglerfish that lives only in the sargassum weed and camouflages perfectly!!! We found them by the dozens and I know Josh thought they were awesome!!! We all did!!!

Josh with a sargassum frogfish.

Another afternoon while snorkeling around the Rock Garden we discovered a large sea cucumber filtering sand along the bottom. It was a nice find and we all took turns checking it out. It would slowly change its shape to fit your hand and I know Chase had fun letting it “fit” to his head!!! I think it fits just perfect!!! Cool hairdo Chase!!!

Chase finds a sea cucumber.

On our fishing day, we caught tons of fish non-stop!!! The very second you dropped your baited line down, something was eating it!!! We caught snappers, grunts and pinfish non stop, and occasionally, someone would catch a porkfish, sailors choice or sergeant major. The most common fish we caught were tomtates that seemed to be in by the thousands and I know Valeria seemed to be catching them by the dozens!!!

Valeria catches a nice tomtate.

Another day we snorkeled around Little Munyon Island and found variegated sea urchins and west indian sea eggs by the thousands!!! They were in the shallows feeding on sea grass and literally covered the bottom!!! While we were snorkeling about and searching for treasures, Douglas came up with a nice treasure of his own, a 9 armed starfish for us to see! Way to go Doug!!!

Douglas finds a 9 armed starfish.

Of all the places we go to snorkel, the kids seem to like the Rock Garden the best! They enjoy the crystal clear water, watching the hundreds of fish and turning rocks over in the shallows to see what they find. I can always tell when they discover something they love by the excitement in their voices when they yell, “AdventureMike, over here, over here!!!” On this day, Alex found a nice stone crab, and I could tell he was having FUN!!! It was another cool find!!!

Alex catches a stone crab.

Each time we had to go thru a no-speed zone, I would put out the fishing line and troll for barracudas to see what we could catch. We would use them in our crab traps and to bait our hooks. This week we seemed to catch barracudas by the dozens and the girls had FUN showing off their catch!!! Way to fish girls!!!

The girls catch barracuda.

The last hour of the week we stopped by the Big Sandbar to search the shallows and relax in the Hot Tub before loading up and heading back in. I could tell everybody had FUN when I heard, “Do we have to go back already?” I know I sure did!!! What a GREAT week, and what Cool Sea Creature Encounters we had!!! Wish you could have joined us!!! We had a ball!!!

Relaxing in the hot tub.

To check out the rest of the photos from this weeks session, please click on “Check out our FLICKR photostream” found a little bit down on this home page on the right side and go to “June 19 -22, 2012 PM session”. ENJOY!!!
See You All Soon!!!

Let’s Go Have Some Fun!!!

AdventureMike

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