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Manitoba Fishing Trip Day 2

:: Tags: Awesome, Dylan, Fishing, Photo, Travel

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“Dylan congratulating me on another great catch” – Little Echo Lake, Manitoba, CA.

Day two of our Manitoba fishing trip started with a wake up shout at 6:30 am along with a large carafe of coffee which I was the first to visit. Breakfast was served promptly at 7 am and after getting our fill we returned to our cabin to get ready for the long day of fishing ahead. We were told to meet our guides at the boats at 8 am and to bring anything that we thought we might need for the day, including beer because we wouldn’t return to the lodge until late afternoon. The weather was looking fantastic and we had high hopes of catching some monster fish.

We meet our guide Troy at the boat just before 8 and after loading the fishing gear, coolers and cooking stuff for lunch we left the docks and headed to a deep rocky area just to the east of the lodge. Troy explained that we would jig for Walleye first… once we had caught enough fish to fill our cooler for lunch then we could go fish for Pike which is more for sport. We hit a couple of Troy’s favorite spots over the next two hours and it didn’t take long, once we got the hang of jigging that is, to fill the cooler with Walleye. We then headed east to an area known as Jackfish Creek where we started trolling for Pike.

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“Troy letting Dylan drive the boat after lunch” – Eagle Nest Lake, Manitoba, CA.

After an hour or so of catching small Pike we made our way to Strawberry Island where Troy and the other guides cooked us a fantastic fish & chips lunch over an open flame wood grill. Dylan’s not a fish eater yet, so Troy brought him two grilled cheese sandwiches which Troy cooked on the fire too. Dylan said they were the best he had ever had!! After a great lunch and a photo op for the family picture we were off to Echo Bay and Little Echo Lake in search of big fish. Dylan, Mike and I really started to bond with Troy and it wasn’t long before Dylan had talked Troy into letting him drive the boat! Yes, Dylan had himself a new big buddy!

We spent the rest of the day landing some huge fish. I had several 32″ to 33″ Pikes and Mike landed a beautiful 34″ Pike to tie Bruce’s’ record. Dylan surprised us all with his fishing skills as he started landing some nice Pikes as well. Troy said that Dylan was the youngest kid to ever fish with Eagle Nest Lodge and that he was doing a better job than a lot of adults. It was just shortly after that that Dylan caught and landed an 18″ Small Mouth Bass in Little Echo Lake! Dylan received a Manitoba Master Anglers Certificate for that catch. That’s My Boy!!
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Manitoba Fishing Trip

:: Tags: Awesome, Dylan, Family, Fishing, Photo, Travel


“Dylan and I fishing just east of Eagle Nest Lodge” – Eagle Nest Lake, Manitoba, CA.

My father in law, Bruce, has been talking about setting up a ‘guys only’ fishing trip for some time now. We had discussed possibly making it an offshore sport fishing trip, but my brother in law Jason, who is not a big fan of boats, suggested that we book a trip with a fishing camp up in Canada. After some research, Jason and Bruce decided on a place called Eagle Nest Lodge located northeast of Winnipeg. The logistics of the trip would turn out to be somewhat complicated, but we managed to put all the pieces together and make it work. The family members coming from the United States which would include Bruce, Myself, Dylan and my brother Mike, would have to take three flights and a long van ride to get to our final destination. The last leg of the trip would be a 60 minute Float Plane flight to get to the Lodge which is located on the Winnipeg River at Eagle Nest Lake.

The Canadian side of the family meet us in Winnipeg where we spent the first night after having a nice dinner at one of the local steak houses. The next morning, after a hardy breakfast, we did a little sightseeing around Winnipeg before meeting up with our shuttle driver, who would drive us up to Lac du Bonnet, MB., where we would catch our float plane flight to the lodge. After landing at the lodge, we had a quick orientation meeting along with some beer and shrimp cocktails and then we were showed to our cabin where we unpacked and got ready for dinner. After dinner, which was excellent I might add, we made our way to the docks where we meet our fishing guides and then off we went for our first evening of fishing. The sun doesn’t set until after 9 pm this far north this time of year, so we fished until the sun went down! Bruce was the big winner of our first evening of fishing after landing a 34″ Pike!
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Bermuda Vacation Videos

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Travel, Video


06/20/2016 – “Dylan spending some time at the pools” – Tucker’s Point, Bermuda

Here are a couple of home movies I’ve put together from our recent trip to Tucker’s Point Club in Bermuda. A lot of the footage in these movies was shot with my wife’s waterproof camera. Although its not a high dollar video camera, it does quite well in the water as long as it doesn’t flood! Click the link below to see all the videos.
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Our Bermuda Vacation

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

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“Dylan riding a canon into battle” – Royal Navel Dockyards, Bermuda, HS.

We have at least five trips planned for this year and our first big one is always our annual spring Bermuda trip. We decided again this year to wait until late June when Dylan was out of school before making our first trip. Closer to summer means that the water will be warmer. It could have been a better week weather wise, but we made due with what mother nature gave us. This year we invited my brother Mike and his girlfriend Melissa to join us for the week! They had some scheduling conflicts, but were able to fly in and join us for five days.

We had a great week of sight seeing, boating, snorkeling, a nice dinner out, and tons of fun at the beach club and swimming pools. I didn’t get to play any golf this trip, but we did make it down to the Royal Navel Dockyards for lunch and some great shopping. Dylan is getting so much better with his swimming that I think next year he wont need a life jacket at all while snorkeling in open water! We look forward to taking Uncle Mike and Melissa back to Bermuda with us again in the futureā€¦ we all had so much fun together and Dylan loves the extra attention!
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NYC Meeting Trip

:: Tags: Family, Travel, Weekend Excursion

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“Enjoying Amtrak’s Business Class on the Northeastern line to New York City” – New York, NY.

For this years spring trip to New York City, Julie and I decided to take the train instead of flying. Just the lowered stress level alone of traveling by train rather than fighting lines in the airport made this trip so much nicer. I thing we will take the train from now on when traveling to New York. One sad note… Penn Station is still a shit hole! Why can’t the city officials get their act’s together and remodel or at least try to clean that place up?! Washington, DC did a fantastic job remodeling and modernizing Union Station!
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Our Easter Vacation

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Fun, Travel

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“Dylan enjoying the kid’s craft fair at the Club House” – Harbour Ridge Country Club, Palm City, FL.

Another winter has past and as spring is just around the corner we find ourselves back in sunny Florida for Easter break. We love our little Easter getaway to see Julie’s family in West Palm and after the long snowy winter everyone is looking forward to a little R&R and a lot of warm sunshine. Dylan’s favorite part of the trip is always Grandparents Weekend at the Club and the kids carnival on Saturday night. My favorite part is the all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch at the Country Club! Oh, and the Bloody Mary’s aren’t bad either! Dylan and I hope you enjoy the photos… until next time!
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Bermuda Family Retreat Part-2

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

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Sea Glass Beach at Alexandra Battery Park – St. George’s Parish, Bermuda

Here is the second installment of pictures from our recent family trip to beautiful Bermuda. There are a lot of photos in this set from our excursion to Alexandra Battery Park for Julies sea glass collecting adventure. I also had a chance to capture Dylan being himself in the small surf at the sea glass beach without fear of him being pulled away by the currents. We finished off the afternoon with lunch and pool time at the beach club and then a golf cart ride home for dinner and a nice quite evening. I’ll post some videos from our trip later after I have a chance to edit them.
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Bermuda Family Retreat Part-1

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Travel

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“Dylan and his smiley face Sand Man” – Tucker’s Point Beach Club, Bermuda

For our end of summer Bermuda trip this year we decided to make it a family retreat and invited the entire Bedford clan to join us for the week. It was a nice week of rest and relaxation and some very nice dinners out on the town. On the down side, Dylan got an ear infection the day before our trip which we ended up having to take him to the hospital for shortly after arriving on the island. Trying to keep a 5 year old out of the pool with an ear infection is a no win situation. And then to make things worse, Julie picked up a stomach bug the second day of our trip and spent much of the week in bed.

This was not a super fun trip for all of us this time around, but we have had some great luck traveling to the island in the past 10 years, so I guess we where due for one. We where able to salvage our last two days and got Julie out to go sea glass hunting on the North side of the island at Alexandra Battery Beach which is where the Deliverance was built and launched from back in 1610 heading for Virginia and captained by Admiral Sir George Somers. I love Bermuda… there is just so much history there that you cant over look.
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A Bermuda Vacation Part-2

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Fun, Travel

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Doug, Dylan and uncle Mike ready to snorkel the reef – Castle Island, Bermuda

This is the second installment of pictures from our June trip to Bermuda. We took uncle Mike with us on this trip to help out with Dylan and also to give him a little break from the world. It was a real treat having Mike along and we did a lot more in the way of activities than I think we would have done had he not been there. Mike was also a big help in teaching Dylan how to snorkel for the first time out at Castle Island reef. Thanks uncle Mike… we hope you enjoy the photos!
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A Bermuda Vacation Part-1

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Photo, Travel

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Dylan and Uncle Mike on top of Tucker’s Point Tower – Tucker’s Point Club, Bermuda

We didn’t plan a lot of travel this summer, but our annual spring and fall trips to Bermuda are a given. We decided to wait until Dylan was out of school to make our first trip, so it would be June this year. A little closer to summer than normal for us, it would still turn out to be a nice week weather wise. This year we invited my brother Mike to join us for the week and (needing a vacation badly) he excepted! We had a great week of sight seeing, boating, golfing, snorkeling, a beach barbecue, a ‘winch dunking’, a tour of the Crystal Caves and tons of fun at the beach club and swimming pools. Mike and I got to play a couple rounds of golf and we took Dylan to Castle Island for his first experience at snorkeling on the reef. He did great for a 5 year old in open water! We look forward to taking Uncle Mike back with us again in the future… he was a huge help and a lot of fun for Dylan to hang out with.
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