Thursday, January 7, 2016


The word this week has been SHRIMP!  When it happens folks around here get a little crazy and we finally learned why.

The shrimp come right to the shore line usually starting in late summer, but this year they were late. These are not the little striped shrimp that we are used to seeing while diving, but big jumbo shrimp that we are used to eating.  When they arrive they come in large numbers and when the word gets out that they are here the beaches fill up with folks carrying buckets and nets.

While this event was occurring Ken and and I were busily putting finishes on at the resort.

But everyone else including our staff was doing everything in their power to catch shrimp. Eventually everyone got their buckets filled, were tired and went home leaving Ken and I alone on the beach at Leaning Palm Resort.

It was still early afternoon last Sunday when we found ourselves alone and we decided to take a closer look.  Sure enough there were loads of shrimp right at the water line and some were even being washed ashore.  We decided to abandon the tile saw and trade our grout bucket in for a shrimping bucket.  It was Sunday after all and we have been working non-stop to get Leaning Palm Resort open.  A short little shrimping stint should not make too much of a dent.  By the way shrimping is addictive!

We cast our net out and soon realized we had no idea what we were doing.  Having never cast a net before we felt lucky to catch a small piece of seaweed.  We did manage to catch one good sized shrimp with the big net.

We finally gave up and Ken retrieved our old trusty trout nets and while they are small and not well suited for sea life we managed to catch 5 more shrimp (and some more seaweed).

We were able to cook these up and have a nice little meal that we caught and cooked all on our own.  Thankfully there are grocery stores nearby as if this were the norm Ken and I would starve.

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