My wife and I just returned from a big work-and-play trip. I had training scheduled, so between the training in Atlanta and the training in Florida, we went to the Bahamas to visit my wife’s brother and his family there.
It turned into a bit of a storm chase as Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Caribbean and southeastern Florida, but we were very fortunate to just miss it and, thankfully, Matthew missed our destination. When we arrived, the island neighborhoods were very quiet and all but boarded up, as many people had fled to safety. Residents of the Bahamas were advised to evacuate the island, and my wife’s brother had heeded the warnings. By the time we got there, the storm had passed, but my inlaws weren’t home yet, so we stayed elsewhere until they returned. The family made it back in time for us to spend a couple nice days together, and we were so glad that everyone was okay.
I did get the chance to do a little snorkeling while we were there, and perhaps it was the stormy weather, but the sea life was out in full force. I had a pretty nerve-wracking encounter with a huge 4-foot-long barracuda that took a liking to me and followed me around in the water for longer than was comfortable. Needless to say, I was nervous to get back in the water after that. Barracuda or not, a trip to the Bahamas wouldn’t be complete without a little spearfishing, and we were surprised to find some lionfish, which are considered an invasive species in the waters of the Bahamas. Not native to Atlantic waters, lionfish are extreme predators and have the ability destroy smaller fish that clean the reef. The ecosystem is in danger because of these really cool-looking spiny fish, so we were more than okay with our catch.
We finished the trip with a training event in Florida, where I spent a few days learning a few new and exciting ideas to bring back to the practice. We returned home to my parents and kids, who had been working hard at redecorating. The place looks amazing! They painted and reorganized our living room and a couple bedrooms as well. The girls were all excited to help, and everyone is really pleased with how it turned out. It’s so nice to come home after being away, especially when it means coming home to a happy family and a clean house!
I hope this newsletter finds you all well! We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!
- Dr Brown
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