Oct 13

Plan a trip, be happy.

You ever notice how when you are planning a trip you seem to be just a tiny bit (OK, a lot) happier?

Turns out planning trips actually has a demonstrable impact on your mood.

In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

I got this from a story on 10 things you can do to make yourself happier, backed by science.

There is some less happy news, in that the happiness bump seems to go away pretty much after you return… but we won’t talk about that part… forget I mentioned it.

The Danes are, according to a recent study, the happiest people on earth. They are second on the list of most vacation days (25 paid, plus 9 holidays). With that much time off, they must always have a vacation they are planning and so must be able to keep their vacation planning high stoked for longer. As soon as they get back, they are just a few weeks away from their next.

I think this is something to invest in.

Pretty happy in this picture.

Pretty happy in this picture.

Dec 10

I like James Taylor

First of all, my wife hates just about anything musically that I like.  Somehow we can both agree on James Taylor.  Another reason I like James Taylor is the song he sings below… Oh Mexico.


We are headed back to Mexico this coming weekend for a week in the mostly sun.  While there there will be a lot of playing in the pools with my daughter, some good meals cooked by my mother-in-law and, if things hold true to past trips, I should get a couple hours every day to go cast in the surf and river mouth for some Jacks, ladyfish and whatever else passes by.

For the trip I got a couple of loaner rods from Orvis. After having cast the Helios a bit in Belize, I got to wondering how the feels.  The Hydros is step down from the Helios, but it is the same blank, just with less premium and slightly heavier components.  Also making the trip South is one of Orvis’s new Access Rods, which  is on the lower price range for Orvis saltwater-ready sticks.

I very much look forward to some time in the pool with my little girl, and some time casting clousers to anything that will eat.

Dec 09

Cozumel Bonefishing – Oregon perspective

The Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, Oregon… sounds like a nice,wet, cool place to be from.  Turns out November is a slow month at the shop and it also turns out that the owner headed to Playa Del Carmen for a family trip.  From there, a ferry ride to Cozumel and, to his surprise, some good fishing.

Now, this is one of those things that folks with families should keep in mind… you very well may find yourself in Cancun or Playa Del Carmen on some family vacation.  You may, in the midst of packing for this family vacation wonder “should I bring my rod along?”

“Yes” is the answer.  This also turns out to be the answer if you are headed to Hawaii (minus Maui), Vallarta (although not for bones) or many, many other places.  Bring the rod.  Bring the rod.  Say it with me, “Bring  the rod.”

Here’s why…

A Caddis Fly Shop Cozumel Bonefish, with permission from The Caddis Fly Shop