Austen and Family visit

Austen, Deri and Ira came to hot and humid Florida for a 4 day visit. We managed to go pontoon boating on the St. Johns River; hit the beach for sunrise, castnet lessons and a lagoon tour in Bob’s fishing boat; dined on beer can chicken prepared by the Saltz’s; snorkeled Alexander Springs; several dinner’s out; and a day at Epcot.

Photos at the family website — I can’t organize anymore ‘sets’ of photos on without getting a paid account.

Deri has posted some additional pictures here, and Austen posted here.

Beach Video

We’re back, Linda’s started her new job, Gina is in Utah with Uncle Rick, and I finished up this short video shot by Linda while we were down in Indian River County over the weekend. It was a pain to complete, because I put so many titles and overlapping sound effects in it, my 4 year old pentium III computer gasped and said “Uncle”. So I had to render it in pieces.

Tech note: the still pictures were imported at 640 pixels, the video was shot at 320 pixels, and the final cut was rendered in Windows Media (WMV) at 640 pixels, and its still a little jumpy. A clean video rendering would be over 100MB, so this is a good compromise. The file download is 15MB. It may take a few minutes.

update: I shared the video with a local fishing discussion board, and they have some nice comments over there.

11/06/2005: The file has been uploaded to google video.

Key Largo part II

Yes, I caught some fish. Went out on the party boat Capt. Michael from Robbies Charters, and fished with spinning rods on the surface for spawning yellowtail snapper. The boat landed about 190, of which over 20 were mine. I filled the small cooler below. The boat mates fileted them for me, and Linda and I went straight to a local restaurant that fried up a batch for us. They called it the “hook and cook” special.

No comment; its Florida.

Also below is a stiched panorama of the bayside jetties; you can see our resort motel right next to the Snooks restaurant. This is the spot where Linda snapped the sunset picture earlier.

How about these matching pith helmets? All the trendy people are adopting the style!