Holidays, Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!


Everyone seems to feel that summer went too fast this year…

it always goes too fast for me, but this summer, I captured some moments to remember, with my camera

Ono flood

Summer started on shaky ground after a 22″ rain left our island flooded


Once the water receded, we needed a little boat lift repair.  See the guy on top of the pole? And Mr. Universe himself down in the water? They could climb up and down that lift so fast, I called them”the hunky monkies”  😉


This charter boat goes by every morning and evening, taking tourists for some fishing fun


And dolphin cruise boats are constant


We see dolphin daily, and sometimes they even put on a little show, jumping and playing, but this is the best photo I’ve gotten so far


A lot of fishing goes on around here


And all kinds of boating


jet skis, pontoon boats with slides


And this is “Lil Toot”, the smallest and cutest tug boat you’ve ever seen!


Football season is year round here


There is an abundance


of Tide Pride!



The marine police try to keep things calm


but a lot of boaters insist on standing up and dancing


Holiday weekends get pretty nuts!


This is Robinson Island, aka “Party Island”,  a small,  uninhabited island near the pass to the Gulf of Mexico, where everyone gathers and hangs out on weekends


Sometimes it’s 10 boats deep


This group found a sand bar to relax on, …


Talk about grillin’ and chillin,’ that black thing is a grill that they are about to light!


We said goodbye to our old boat, the Holy Tara Two [the original Holy Tara washed away in Hurricane Ivan]


We broke in a new boat, the Holy Tara 3 [waiting for name decal]

photo 3

We had a great family reunion


We taught our California cousins how to fish and catch crabs, and we fed them with Southern favorites, like  LA Shrimp Boil, Baked Cheese Grits and Tomato Pie


Boats range in size and type on these waters, you will see everything from a yacht to


the tiki top!


and a lot in between!


Lots have crazy names and wild graphics~


Double Vision makes everyone sea sick


But we love “Salt water Mafia!”


These guys in inner tubes were just floating by with a cooler of beer, talking to the boats as they passed…


Don’t worry, it’s a no wake zone in front of my house


and they were making plenty of noise to be noticed!


These guys flagged down 2 girls on a jet ski and asked them to take their picture


the girls pulled up to the boat and one hopped on and took the shot~


Big and small, you’ll see it all~


Parasails are everywhere


They look so pretty floating over the Gulf


I didn’t have my zoom on for this shot, but I had to blow it up to show you


Triple riders sharing a sail!


Last weekend we headed out through Perdido Pass into the Gulf of Mexico to watch a speed boat race, Thunder on the Gulf


It was pretty crazy


and there was a lot of thunder!


We had “front row” seats



Time to head back in





Everybody does their own thing, nothing too strenuous…


Back on the porch, we saw the trailers with race boats drive by on their way to the next race


Yes, sometimes it RAINS


But the saying around here is, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes!”


Nightfall brings another type of fishermen


They have BRIGHT headlamps on their boats as they slowly cruise the docks and shore line looking for flounder


If you look closely you can see a guy with a spear just right of the palm tree, he is just about to “gig” his fish


After Labor Day, things quiet down and the tourists go back to school and to football games


And we don’t miss them one little bit 🙂

One thing that surprised me when I was editing my photos was how MANY people were on their cell phones while boating…DISCONNECT every now and then and relaxxxxxxxx…..

I wish you a safe and relaxing Labor Day and I guess now it’s official…

It’s Fall Y’all!

16 Responses to “Holidays, Happy Labor Day!”
  1. Emily says:

    Jenna, your home is in paradise! My family spent time in GS every summer so I feel very much at home when I’m there. I enjoyed each and every pic (you got some amazing shots). Wishing you a wonderful and happy Labor Day!

    • Thanks Emily! It really is paradise to us, when it gets too crazy we just sit on the porch and watch everyone go by~ I hope you had a good Labor Day, and that the temps drop all over Alabama soon!!

  2. Mary says:

    Love the parade of boat activity Jenna, it makes for a fun show, especially with the tug, the tubes, and the tiki top! The last few times we’ve been boating on the lake, I’ve left my camera and phone behind 🙂 Our cove is a big raft up area since there is a long shoal. We’ll be happy when Labor Day is over and the summer boaters dry dock theirs for the season 🙂 Wishing you a Happy Labor Day!

  3. Your beautiful photos are making me miss the lake!
    Enjoy the holiday!

  4. Kathleen says:

    That was interesting, Jenna. So different from here on Long Island, or at least the East End. You must have warm weather for awhile, no? I guess here we don’t consider it Fall till it gets too cold to go to the beach, more like October. Do you leave or are you year rounders there? We live here all year, September is the best month of the summer!

    • Kathleen says:

      And Amen on the cell phone users at the beach! Who wants to hear all their business? If the call is so urgent walk away so the rest of the beach doesn’t have to be disturbed!

    • Thanks Kathleen~ we can swim until mid Oct and it doesn’t get cold until Dec. We go back and forth from Birmingham [4 hours] and I stay a lot in the summer months while the hubs commutes~ September is our favorite month too, as long as the hurricanes stay away!

  5. lulu says:

    Wow, with all those boats it must be hard to find water space sometimes. It is amazing all the different vessels that take to the water. We have another five weeks or so to enjoy boating before we put Pipe Dreams away for the winter.

  6. Rosie Moreno says:

    Wow, Jenna! You’ve had an active summer at your home! Thank you for sharing all the fun memories. Have a wonderful Labor Day! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  7. Vicki says:

    Loved your blog today! The pictures are incredible! Your comments are so clever and funny! Keep up the good work…. Can’t wait to see all of this in person soon! Happy Labor Day!!!

  8. Liz Mackie says:

    I loved all your pictures and your lovely family. Have a Fun Day!

  9. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I spent many years as a boat person, loved your pics Jenna! I’d be more the tiki roof type now:@) Happy Labor Day and yes, disconnect and enjoy!

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