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A Deeper Meaning of LiFE…

Pocomo Head, Nantucket

So, we guess it’s time to find out what this thing is all about. “A tiny company with a big idea” – boy that’s really thinking big!. “Own it, Live it, Love it“- well, we own it so that’s good, we love it; another plus…but, are we living it?!. I’m not sure. Let’s travel back in time and review our founding principles which we’ve incorporated in our website in “The Story

We mention working for someone else’s dream and being perched (and toiling) behind a computer, strapped to a desk. Uh-oh. But sometimes, working for someone else’s dream is also a long road to your own dream. LiFE gets in the way. Kids, pets, college and family start to take precedence over that dream. But at no time is the dream extinguished; it’s kept on the back burner to simmer while LiFE runs its course; until it is time to turn up the heat. During this simmering phase, all is not lost and it’s not time wasted; as images, dreams and ideas are constantly permeating the mind.

One of our founding principles was to get people to recognize the moment of NOW and just simply live in it. Forget about yesterday and stop worrying about tomorrow. You’re only stealing energy away from enjoying the moment you’re in currently.

But is that enough? We don’t think so. We, as a community, are able to focus our energy at living life to the fullest; but there are those who by choice or by circumstance are either fighting for our lives or fighting for their own. We are able to live freely without worry because of those who selflessly give of themselves to protect our freedoms. Then there are those who are fighting for their own lives; either due to illness or tragedy. We thought both deserved recognition and help. Please consider donating or volunteering to help others (helpful links on homepage). You’ll be glad you did. Perhaps you’ll find a deeper meaning of life.

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Be careful what you listen to

“Like” has become a word we no longer “Like”! 

Let us explain.

Have you listened lately to dialogue and conversation you hear around you.  Does it sound like someone is always talking or the conversation never seems to have an end?  Well it could be from that little four letter word everyone is using these days.  No, not FÜ©λ (get your mind out of the gutter!). 

It’s that word “Like”.  Let’s take a look at an example of the length of time it now takes to state the same point. 

First off, using “like”

Like the other like day we were like walking to the bus, and like you know we like took the bus to like this cool store where they like had this giant like Ferris wheel that like lit up when it like went around.  Like, you know what like I mean? Like, I’ve never seen like some-like-thing that like does that!

Secondly, “normal” conversation

The other day we were walking to the bus, and we took the bus to this cool store where they had a giant Ferris wheel that lit up when it went around.  You know what I mean?  I’ve never seen something that does that!

That’s better!  Shorter conversation that says the same thing. 

We’re sorry for bringing this to your attention; although it does appear to be an epidemic (you can thank us for this public service announcement – or not).  It’s likely going to haunt you from here out.  Now that you’re aware of it you’ll hear it in coffee shops, at home, at work and in school.  Careful, you may even hear it coming from your mouth.  You are what you listen to.  So…

Be careful what you listen to! 

 

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In search of a St. Martin Miracle

It started out a bit gray, choppy and dreary…. It ended with Caribbean water, good times and a beautiful island sunset. So, it appears we gave away the ending. Read on, though, for more details and photos of a must do adventure with Billy Bones Boat Charters.

A little back story – When we booked our charter we were offered a couple of days to choose from, each with its own weather forecast. Unfortunately we could not book on the same day which is the day that offered the best chance of calm waters and warm sun; so we booked for 2 days out. This day was scheduled to be a bit windier but didn’t necessarily forecast rain. Since we’re giving you this back story, I’m sure you can jump to the logical conclusion…it was raining, and it rained hard!

Our windshield on the morning we drove to Billy Bones Charters

We considered canceling entirely as we still had to drive half way around the island and weren’t guaranteed good weather once we arrived.  Since life is now; we were only visiting for a week, and we had other plans; we mounted up and made our way to the other side of the island in search of a St Martin Miracle.

The trip was on!  There was no going back.  The weather wasn’t bad enough to cancel and they too, were hoping for a St. Martin Miracle. 

We were introduced to the dynamic duo of Al & AJ appropriately called the “A-team”.

The “A-Team” – Al & AJ – All smiles!

The A-team, despite the overcast and rainy skies, were upbeat and engaging as we wound our way from the harbor in Simpson Bay on our way to Creole Rock for some snorkeling.  We slithered around untouched, half-sunken boat wrecks (from the hurricanes) while the sun would peak through every now and again.

Crushed “Dreams”

Then the rain reared its head one more time and the wind kicked up as we made our way out of the harbor into open ocean on the west side of the island.

in the harbor

The seas were running high and choppy but Al was skillful while behind the wheel and took the waves with experience making the ride as pleasant as possible.  Despite Al’s skillful driving a member of the LiFE is NOW…team provided the boat with ongoing entertainment while holding on for dear life for fear of bouncing out of the boat.  When not holding on, we were able to take in the beautiful coastal scenery.

We arrived at Creole Rock and the air and water were surprisingly warm even with the overcast skies and rain.  The snorkeling was uneventful partially due to the choppy water and overcast skies but still plenty enjoyable.  We packed up and headed further around the west coast to Tintamarre.

We turned the corner.  We say this because we both literally and figuratively turned the corner.  Things changed!  Swells were bigger and we were heading directly into the teeth of the wind (no photos here folks). We had a decision to make.  Head to Tintamarre or forego this stop and head directly for Pinel Island.  All heads turned to our team member holding on to the bimini framing!  Do we head for Tintamarre or change course and visit Pinel?  Life is now, right?  We weren’t going to be the anchor on this boat.  It was off to Tintamarre (for hopefully some sea turtle sightings).  As we made our way to anchor along the beach, it happened!  The St. Martin Miracle.  The winds died, the sea calmed, skies cleared and sun came out; brutally hot and awesome!  We relaxed while walking and exploring the beach and catching gorgeous views of St. Martin from afar.  The rum punch was flowing and certainly helped in creating a relaxing Caribbean atmosphere.  From here it was short, straight shot to Pinel Island for some swimming, conversing and shopping.  Again, gorgeous beach, crystal clear water and views of Orient Beach in the distant. Both, definitely a not-miss.

View from Pinel Island to Orient Bay

Now that the sun was shining, the seas calming, our next stop was
back the same way we came but now down wind, and of course…more rum punch. It was Grand Case for lunch at the Rainbow Cafe on the beach. The photo merely scratches the surface as to what it felt and looked like being there. Grand Case is a definite stop on your itinerary! Food, drink, atmosphere and gorgeous sunsets.

Rainbow Cafe, Grand Case, Saint Martin
Sunset, Grand Case, Saint Martin

With calm seas, lunch in the books (o.k. a bit more rum punch) it was time to make our way home. But before that we made a couple of stops to enjoy the weather, take a swim and get a sea going version of the Maho Beach experience. First stop, though, was Mullet Bay for some swimming and snorkeling. Absolutely stunning beach! Al & AJ informed us we might get lucky and catch a plane landing at the airport. For those of you unfamiliar with the Maho Beach experience, go on the web and search videos. Simply amazing. We were lucky enough to be able to experience this on both land (at Sunset Beach SXM) and sea. Al positioned the boat right in the path of the plane as we watched the aircraft make its way to the airport. Pretty Cool.

Maho Beach Experience from the water
Maho Beach Experience from land

We then had to drop off some cruise ship friends and made our way into Philipsburg harbor. We can say it is beautiful from the beach but absolutely breathtaking from water!! It was then back to Simpson Bay and home to Orient Beach with a St. Martin Miracle under our belt and beautiful sunset views all the way.

Philipsburg Harbor, Sint Maarten

Inside Tip: when you arrive for your Billy Bones charter, go grab a coffee and french bread for the ride at La Sucriere. You’ll make someone happy.

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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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