Tag: Cape Cod

Early Bird Gets the Worm; and the Fog!

It’s 7:00 am eastbound along the Cape Cod Canal. The sun has just risen over the horizon as we make our way into the light of the orange glow. If we had been driving along on auto-pilot it may have been missed. But, in the early mornings along the canal memorable reminders bubble to the surface; auto-pilot is manually shut off and we begin to take in the quiet morning as it awakens for the day.

And, there it is!!

From the time we were young, we were told you have to get up early to see it. If you were 5 minutes late it may not be there. Today, timing was perfect. Like a lot of good things in life you first have to be on the look out and aware; and secondly, the timing needs to be right.

Sunrise on the Cape Cod Railway

We love early mornings. The world is quiet and serene. You get to watch the day as it begins to unfold. Fishermen make their way along the docks (chatting and laughing of yesterday’s events) heading to ready their boats for today’s adventures. Shop owners, sweeping up, unfurling awnings and opening their doors to unveil the enviable aromas of coffee and freshly baked bread and pastries. Other early risers are out getting an exercise jump on the day as they jog, bike or walk with friends. The dew isn’t yet burned off by the rising sun and everything in its path glows in that sunrise flat light while it whitewashes the world until it rises higher in the morning sky and changes day from slumber to awake.

It’s a time to review and reflect, anticipate and plan; and most of all recharge and be grateful for everything that is life; oh yeah, and drink really good coffee while doing it all!!

Sunrise, birds and early morning fog on the Cape Cod Canal

Back to the original topic at hand. Turning the corner, the sunrise hit us smack in the face and with the windows down we began taking in the sights and sounds of the early morning; and, there it is. We pulled off the side of the road down into a bumpy parking lot and parked; figuring a little effort might get a big reward. The reward was there but the effort was slightly larger than little. In flip flops we carried our trusty phone camera as we traversed down a steep embankment, through a thicket and onto slippery rocks to the spot. The effort and time paid off as the photo below reveals.

The sun shrouded in mist lit up the shining steel of the bridge while the early morning fog hovered above the water and rolled beneath the bridge.

Sunrise and early morning fog on the Cape Cod Canal / Sagamore Bridge
Sunrise and early morning fog on the Cape Cod Canal / Sagamore Bridge

We smile every time we get to witness this event as it not only reminds us to be present, but it also reminds us of those that have gone before us. So, the next time you’re up early, head to your local gathering spot, marina, beach, lake or waterway; watch the world awaken and smile at the fog.

LiFE is NOW… get out of the fog and SEE THE FOG!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Every day should be this special when it comes to showing love. Tell the people you love. Time is fleeting; we’re not guaranteed we’ll get the chance later. Enjoy life; give love and embrace your loved ones.

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College Graduate Fishes Her Way Across the USA in a Kayak

James of Travels with James (IG & FB) and YakFish TV

So, where do we start?  Should we start from the beginning, with our complete surprise and disbelief?  Or, maybe we should start NOW where it has traveled from those rocky beginnings.  The fact is it doesn’t matter where we start; the story remains the same and trust us, the story is fantastic.  A true american dream; self and world exploration, mixed with emotions of terror, excitement and passion.  You couldn’t write a better story.

The photo seen here is taken from Instagram Travels with James; be sure to visit her where she logs her thoughts and photos from her travels throughout the United States.  From there you can link to her other social media accounts.  Or you can click on the links here on our site.  

Let’s get to it!  We’re sure you’re anxious to hear how it all began, where it’s going and how this photo came about. 

Summer 2018 – James is working as a 1st Mate for her dad on a fishing charter boat called the Columbia out of Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA.  She has been doing this for the past several summers.  Working inside, 9-5, behind a computer and tied to a phone just didn’t cut it for James (sound familiar?)  She loved the sun, sea and open sky.  Over the course of the past summers she met many different people and made some connections.  This summer was different.  This summer she met someone that would change her life forever.  It would also have a small impact on ours as well.  You see, James is our daughter (one of us is the step-dad).  So this post is based on our pride in James and our amazement of the lifestyle she chose and how it aligns directly with LiFE is NOW.

Early one morning, during the summer of 2018, James was called to mate on a charter trip; she was not scheduled for that day and wouldn’t be paid. Reluctantly, she arrives for the early morning trip (see how it all began in Striped Bass Fishing off Cape Cod video).  It would turn out that the individual chartering the boat was Robert Field of Field Trips of Yakfish TV fame on YouTube. It also turns out he was in need of some assistance as up until then he was a one man show; fishing and filming, narrating, editing and maintaining all of Field Trips social presence while at the same time negotiating with vendor partners.  It was time for some well deserved help.  Cue the First Mate. 

James recently graduated college with a double major in Journalism and Spanish; she has spent the last 4 years honing her skills in filming, photography and editing; in addition to maintaining her own social presence with her blog Travels with James.  Her writing, from a very early age, has always captivated us and the content and delivery is well beyond her years.  Did we forget to mention her other experiences of mating on a charter boat and knowledge she’s gained in the fishing industry? 

James has always had the travel bug, in fact during college she visited Chile, Italy and Domincan Republic/Haiti.  So as the conversations between Robert and Jamie continued a picture began to paint itself.  Robert knew he had the perfect solution? He offered James a trial position to join him and travel the country fishing from a kayak, filming and editing. 

The offer was something out of a storybook; how could she pass it up? When we were told about the position, we too, were excited!  She would be working, traveling and out of the house.  Sounds great, right?  Well, there was one small caveat that eventually crept in to the conversation as we discussed the amazing possibilities the offer presented.  You see, as the premise of Field Trips is to travel the planet, meeting people, and fishing the local waters from a kayak, she would be required to travel (and live) in a trailer with a 30 something man! (cue the brakes). 

Field Trips transportation and living quarters

Time now for real conversation; and this took place in the form of meeting several times with Rob, checking into his social footprint and speaking with many references.  Rob appeared professional and motivated, which was a check in the plus column.  The references sang his praises citing professionalism, videography, creativity and an incredible work ethic. More checks in the plus column.  Long story short, after much ado, we were all on board with the proposal and James joined the team at Field Trips.  The photo above is both from James’ Instagram account as well as a video episode on YouTube.

Currently she is traveling the country with Field Trips and enjoying every moment.  Take a look at her blog to get the behind the scenes takes and insights into living on the road pursuing your dreams.  

From the start, James had a passion for her crafts and was determined to have a career doing what she loved.  We are proud of her accomplishments and wish her only future happiness as she moves through life. 

LiFE is NOW…Fish on

 

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Ironically…LiFE got in the way

Esther Island Nantucket

We’ve preached to live every moment to the fullest.  Some people will take that to mean you must travel the world; see unique and isolated places, take selfies and post your travels on every possible social media outlet; and try to generate as much social media envy as possible.  But…. what if you do not have the financial means or the vacation time to accomplish this? What if you have family responsibilities?  What if, ironically, LiFE gets in the way?

We’d say your firmly entrenched with the majority of the world population.  Not all of us can drop it all (work, family, friends…not to mention money) and disappear for months at a time.  So, for those of us who have full time jobs, kids in college, kids at home, and a lack of untethered financial freedom, here are 5 simple ways you can live in the moment, enjoy the day and maybe take your mind on the trip you can’t afford. 

  1. Enjoy your morning coffee.   Sure, the morning coffee is something most of us crave and it definitely gets you moving with its caffeinated jolt.  It might even get you moving toward your bucket list, family or financial goals.  But, sometimes this jumpstart leapfrogs us right over all the moments that make up an unforgettable morning with family and friends.  Definitely, keep looking forward to that morning jolt but during the process take time to listen to the coffee maker; smell the aroma in the air.  Take your cup of joe and watch the sun rise, feel the warmth of the rising sun on your face. Pause; enjoy the moments…then, go out and take on the world. 
  2. Turn on some music.  Don’t listen to the words; and simply rock on.  Or, listen to the words and let them take you on a journey Listen to the music
  3. Walk through a city and get lost.  Boston’s North EndVenice, Italy
  4. Activate your sense of smell.  Find your favorite bakery or coffee shop and stand outside and simply smell.  The intoxicating aromas will take you away. Perhaps to a Parisian cafe you once visited. If only for a moment.  Travel tip:  If you ever find yourself on Nantucket there is a place we like to call the best spot on the island.  No, its not a beach, restaurant or shop. It’s a small 1 foot x 1 foot section of a sidewalk located at 12 Broad Street set just below an exhaust fan vent outside of The Juice Bar.  When The Juice Bar is open during season and you are lucky enough to be able to pause under the vent fan; there is an unbelievable aroma that we can only say will make you smile.  Bad moods melt away.  
  5. Take a walk on a beach  and feel the sand in your toes, leave a message in the sand and feel the salt spray on your skin. There’s something healing about being near the ocean. Don’t take it from us; try it yourself. Bring a friend.  We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful location that comes alive in the spring, fall and summer months.  Families flock for the beaches during the summer.  Here’s a helpful list to some of the most recommended beaches.

An incredibly small sample of things to do when LiFE gets in the way.  But, enough to understand there’s really no need to travel the world to feel connected and validated.  The simple pleasures of daily living are enough if we pay attention to them. 

How do you stay in the moment when LiFE gets in the way? 

 

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