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Canadians go crabbin’

Nope not crabby, crabbin. Meaning we went to catch crabs!

So the story starts a bit earlier… last week we went to discover a local park in Orlando and it turned out to be “park day”. Which meant there were a bunch of eco-exhibits, including one teaching kids how to fish. If the kids passed all their fishing lessons (which were not hard, but interesting), they were given a fishing pole. Super cool idea! So both Millie and Andy came away with new fishing rods.

Now that we are in a good fishing area here in Alabama, we were asking the neighbours about the fishing spots. They were very helpful, and told us that we should also go “crabbin’”. Apparently the cabin we rented, came with a crab trap. We thought it was a decoration, but no – they informed us – it was a working trap.

How does it work? Well as we found out, it sounds super easy. 1) put chicken necks into the bait hole (which they sell for 1$ at the local store) 2) tie a rope onto the trap 3) through the trap in onto the sand at the end of the pier at sunset 4) tie up the rope 5) go pick up the trap the next morning.

Ok so it isn’t that easy. We tried 2 times with errors (not enough bait, trap stuck on a rock) but on the 3rd night we got one!

Since he wasn’t too big we let him go, but we had fun watching him for a bit (and learning how to identify that it was indeed a “him”).  The crab boil will have to wait until next time, but we all had fun learning / trying.

Next we are off to Houston where we will stay with friends for then next 5 days. I’m very excited to see them and to be in a house!  It is about an 8hr drive through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and into Texas.    Theses states are all new to us as we have never traveled in this corner of the USA before.

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Those blue claws/legs are brilliant!

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When I think of kayaking, I think of being alone on a beautiful calm lake. Yeah…not with kids and dog! We went 4 miles like this.

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And a more artistic shot…good contrast with the nature and plastic. Unfortunately it was too deep and we couldn’t get it out. The little legs on the shell are of a hermit crab.