Alice and Delores left Ocala at 7:00 a.m. and unexpectedly ran into Virginia, and her husband at Moore's Bait & Tackle on Ft. Island Trail. That's where any member of the Nature Coast Lady Anglers club gets 50% off all live shrimp as long as they have their discount card (which, of course, they always carry with them).
By the time 8:00 came, Alice, Delores, and Virginia arrived at the Ft. Island boat ramp where Liz and Martha Ann (who both drove up from Homosassa) were already in the process of unloading their yaks and transporting them to the water. The next half hour was spent chit-chatting and rigging kayaks for a day of fishing. With the fact that it had rained for the past two weeks straight, and scallop season had just begun, it was anybody's guess what the boat ramp parking lot would look like upon arrival. Lucky for those girls that they had picked a work day for most folks and the ramp traffic was lighter than expected.