Well, don't know where to start this. Due to a variety of personal and financial issues, the wife and I haven't road-tripped much in the last year and a half. I really started getting the itch last week, sitting in a meeting and writing out realistic fun trips that we could possibly go on in the coming year. We hadn't discussed it at home, because it just hasn't been a high priority, given the oncoming "Great Depression II" or whatever. Regardless, I thought of:
1) South Florida for fishing (we used to travel down there, and the wife's family is from there).
2) South Texas for fishing, quail hunting, and visiting Houston (friend recently moved there)
3) Summer trip to RI, MA, and ME coasts (surfing and fishing - friend in RI)
Well, out of the blue yesterday, the Mrs. said, "Let's go to New Orleans this spring." I was ecstatic! I've been to New Orleans once before in 1995 (not Mardi Gras) and I got to see a lot of the city, and one of the nearby wildlife refuges, but I haven't fished, kayaked, crabbed, or camped down there. The natural resources are almost endless and it's going to be a killer trip.
Adding to the fun is that my fishing and boating will all be self-scouted & directed - fishing guides are insanely expensive down there due to the popularity of redfish angling. There's so much public marsh, and so much public access to it, that with good planning, a few days to get it right, and a little luck, it should be outstanding.
We used to make spring trips every year - Carribean or Central America (when I was a dirty but well-paid wetland consultant) and more recently the Southeastern US coastline....it's a nice break in April, when it's still cold and rainy and Maryland, and spring is very much underway in SC, GA, and FL.
More on the trip soon....duck season comes back in tuesday, but a warm front will preceed it by about 12 hours, so I'm not sure if I'll even bother before geese come back in season on thursday. We've been doing some scouting & I'll post pics soon - few ducks but some really neat habitat throughout Maryland. If we ever do get a good migration again (another topic for another day), I know we have food & cover for the birds.
Suspense is in the air.....Bayou Boogie somewhere between 4/15 and 5/10.