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Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by glennbo123, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. glennbo123

    glennbo123 Active Member

    After (potentially) waking the neighbors with our workout, it was time to shower and dress and wake the kids by using the kitchen which was for all intents and purposes, in their bedroom.

    I had some cereal for breakfast, and reviewed the weeks' activities list, "Playful Pastimes". I saw that Fishing FUNdamentals was offered that morning and Sharktooth Necklaces later in the day. Since the rain was letting up, I offered up both activities to the kids. James wanted to try both, but the girls weren't in a hurry to be anywhere this morning, so they just opted for the Sharktooth Necklace class.

    Here're pictures of the Playful Pastimes activity listings. I took these pictures later in the week, but can’t think of a better time to post them.

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    James and I went over to Eb & Flo's (near the pool) a little before 9:30 and registered for both the fishing and necklace activities. It was convenient to charge these to the room, and the cast member was good about checking whether we were DVC members in order to get the discounted rates.

    We hung out there for a couple of minutes so I took some pictures of the mini golf area, which is right there near Eb & Flo's and the pool.

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    The weather had improved greatly since my earlier pictures, didn't it?

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    While we were waiting for our fishing instructor, we met the other dad and son who would be going on our fishing excursion with us. It turned out that James and the other boy were the only ones going fishing this morning, so that would make for a great teacher to pupil ratio.

    Our fishing instructor, Maryann, came out with the boys' fishing poles, which they could keep after the class. She asked them about how much experience they had so that she could gear the lesson to them. Neither boy had done very much fishing; James' experience was limited to his uncle's pond, so we’d be starting with the basics.

    Then we started walking...first, past Eb & Flo's and toward the front of the resort. The pavement past that little archway is actually inside the resort -- it’s the road from the Inn to the other buildings. The pavement you see beyond the trees is State Road A1A, but watch how we get to the other side of that!

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    We walked to those trees and hung a right.

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    Down to a tunnel. Tunnels are cool, huh James?

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    Maryann told us it's called Peter Pan's tunnel. And we crossed under A1A.

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    Now across from the resort, we hung a right onto a path.

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    And walked around the lake.

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    Looking to the right, I took a picture of the front of the resort. The driveway directly in the foreground of this picture leads out to A1A. In other words, it's not the driveway into the resort. It's hard to see, but A1A is just beyond the stop sign in this picture, and the front entrance to the resort is across from it.

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    We walked to a soccer field and went to a picnic table under a pavilion, where Maryann showed the boys how to knot their hooks. These were not the actual hooks they'd be using. ;)

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    Then they stepped over to the soccer field and practiced casting to a hula hoop. I guess casting to a #10 washer would have been expecting too much. :rolleyes:

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    James was either in it or near it on every cast. Maryann remarked how he was doing better than she was, which is a Disney cast members way of saying "Beginner’s luck!".

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    Then we began walking to a little dock that was on the lake we passed earlier, but further around. Along the path to the dock, we passed a picnic area that looked like it'd be a nice place to hold a party.

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    Maryann asked that just she and the boys go out on the dock because it was rather small. She helped them get their hooks baited with raw bacon because, well, who doesn’t like bacon??

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    One cast later, both boys were reeling in their first catches of the day. James correctly identified his as a bluegill. He must have learned that at his uncle's pond, because he didn't learn it from me!

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  3. glennbo123

    glennbo123 Active Member

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    Maryann was absolutely great with the boys. They were catching fish one after the other (quite a difference from my first-ever trip report, which you can read here and here) and she was fantastic in helping them release the fish and put on more bait, if needed. As soon as she'd finish with one boy, the other was reeling one in. I remarked that it was a good thing there were only two boys in the class; I couldn't imagine how she'd be hopping if there were more.

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    Then James caught their first bass.

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    Maryann was psyched about this one.

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    They continued to keep Maryann very busy.

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    There was a turtle near the dock looking for bacon scraps.

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    Then we left the dock and walked around to the end closer to the resort, near where I had taken the picture of the resort entrance. The dock we had been at, is on the other side of the tall grass in the right of this picture.

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    Let's watch James' casting form.

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    You can't argue with the results.

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    I moved over a little ways to get some pictures of them from a different perspective.

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    A couple of times James had asked me if I wanted to fish, but I said that I hadn't paid for the excursion, so it was just him. But then Maryann said "the dads can fish if they want to", so I gave it a whirl. James went on photography duty.

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    Oh yes. Fish fear me! (Especially when I'm wearing my "A Goofy Mind is a Happy Mind" t-shirt.) No bluegill for me, I only go for bass.

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    And with that, we called it a successful fishing trip. Everyone had caught a fish, it was about 10:40 and time to head back.

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    Up next: Sharktooth Necklaces and I find Gram's bathing suit
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  4. onelilspark

    onelilspark New Member

    0 Judy's!

    Now to actually read it...

    Ok...read :) That looked like a nice fishing journey! I'd be worried about accidentally catching the turtle!
     
  5. Squidgyness

    Squidgyness New Member

    You'll have to excuse me as its 2.20am here, but that was a great update :) glad everyone got a fish, and it's always awesome when you get a trip almost to yourself. I don't think I could be one of the teachers on a busy trip though... I'd go stir crazy keeping up!

    Your catches have definitely improved through the years! I say go marlin fishin' when you retire, you never know :P
     
  6. natebenma

    natebenma New Member

    Or, it could have been the blue gills on the fish that tipped him off!

    That looks like a really great activity. Nothing like a fishing trip when you are catching fish nonstop.

    Nice Bass, BTW!

    I agree with James- that tunnel under A1A is cool.
     
  7. MEK

    MEK Active Member

    Cool! I remember the lake. I remember the tunnel. I do not remember the soccer field and that cool picnic area. I love how many fish you were able to catch. :thumbsup2
     
  8. jecskc

    jecskc New Member

    Your fishing trip looked fun !! My kids would love that !!

    I have a fun little story. DH goes to a place in Virginia every July for a huge church charity fish fry that his family has been participating in for over 20 years. After DH's father passed away, he kind of took his spot and carries on the tradition.

    Anyway, it is in the mountains and there is a mountain stream at the campground that always has some great rainbow trout. Well DS and several of the kids were playing in the stream one year and DH heard a commotion while they were cooking and someone comes running out to say that DS had caught a rainbow trout - BARE HANDED.

    Everyone was so excited and DH was so proud I wanna say DS was 9 or 10 at the time. He and the kids were playing in the stream and a trout wandered by them and DS was able to force it towards the side of the stream and was able to get up under it and flip it up onto the bank. Therefore officially catching it bare handed.
     
  9. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna <font color=teal>Sea days are just so relaxing!<br

    Great post! You made even fishing really interesting! :thumbsup2

    It seems like the two of you had a great time on that excursion and it certainly was great for James that he could get so much attention from the teacher.
     
  10. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut New Member

    The fishing excursion looks like so much fun!!! Yay for everyone catching so many fish!!!
     
  11. englishrose47

    englishrose47 New Member

    Great Fishing pix !!At first I thought there were lots of Judy's then I adjusted my glasses:rotfl2:
     
  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    what a fun excursion and great CM! I admit, I'm amazed at the success rate, had I known that, the boys may have wanted to try it. Very fun that you guys did different things than we did, makes for a fun comparison.

    I like that tunnel, didn't see the picnic area, that's pretty neat over there.
     
  13. marvali

    marvali New Member

    Hopefully you don't find Gram's bathing suit because you hooked it trying to fish again later............ :lmao:


    BTW, if I were still playing, my guess would NOT have been zero Judy's..............
     
  14. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna <font color=teal>Sea days are just so relaxing!<br

    thanks Marv! I am playing, so I put in a guess of 2 Judys. Can specify pics if needed!
     
  15. glennbo123

    glennbo123 Active Member

    Yes please. :)
     
  16. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna <font color=teal>Sea days are just so relaxing!<br

    the first 2 with the "Playful Pastime" sheet. She is holding the sheet. The hands look female, but not teenager young.
     
  17. glennbo123

    glennbo123 Active Member

    I'l have to get to replies later (probably not until Sunday unfortunately :eek:), but wanted to at least take care of this one item of business.


    Ohhhhh. [​IMG]

    I thought for sure that you'd edit that guess once you went back through.

    Nope, Judy does make an appearance in this chapter.

    Well, I'm giving you an eagle eye point for that because I know you spotted something that went unnoticed by many. :goodvibes

    Correct number...

    ....exactly right. Hey, wait a minute, are you calling her hands "old" looking? ;)

    Magdalene gets the point. :cheer2:

    Updated scores:
    Jenn (elphie101) - 1 Judy-sighting win, First Subscriber Honors!
    Tanya - 1 Judy-sighting win
    Pat - 3 Judy-sighting wins
    Rosie - 2 Judy-sighting wins
    Marvin - 4 Judy-sighting wins, 3 Eagle Eye points :magnify:
    Kelly - 1 Judy-sighting win
    Mark - 2 Judy-sighting wins
    Molly - 1 Judy-sighting win
    Dan - 1 Eagle Eye point :magnify:
    Kathy - 1 Judy-sighting win
    Dee - 3 Judy-sighting wins
    Magdalene - 2 Judy-sighting wins
    Katharina - 2 Judy-sighting wins
     
  18. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan <font color=red>DIS Dad #460<br><font color=green>

    Potentially? You got a call from the front desk, didn't you? :rotfl:

    Is there a story behind that, or did they just pick a Disney character?

    Hmmm... a fish fry?:rotfl:

    Exactly! It makes perfect sense. :thumbsup2

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    Now that's how you fish.:thumbsup2 Let someone else do all th dirty work. Just cast and reel.:rotfl2:

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    Smartest turtle ever.

    Well, except for maybe Crush.

    Fish snob... :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:
     
  19. marvali

    marvali New Member

    Ding ding ding........

    But there were two posts so you might want to change to two and zero......
     
  20. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna <font color=teal>Sea days are just so relaxing!<br

    I am so grateful for your hint!! I am not going to change anything as I already got a point awarded... As did you!! :cool1:
     
  21. RGirl

    RGirl New Member

    All caught up!

    The early-morning pictures of the ocean are beautiful - so peaceful. And I enjoyed the tour of the resort. It looks like such a fun place.

    I always enjoy a good George Costanza reference, so kudos on that one! :thumbsup2

    What a fun excursion the fishing was! I can't believe how many fish they caught.
     

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