30th, 2009 - it is
finished – it is done!
The end is
bitter-sweet as we put the finishing capstone on our journey but also
goodbye to the hundreds of people across America who have supported and
our journey since we left home on June 12th.
But first, let’s talk about Hawaii. When we landed on the big island of Hawaii
yesterday we were working on less than 3 hours of sleep through our Anchorage to Seattle to Hawaii
red eye flight. After
grabbing our rental car and finding our
way to the Kona Seaside Hotel we finally crashed.
Taylor and I both hit the pillow at 1:30pm
and didn’t wake up again for nearly 14 hours – the
most sleep we’ve had in 50
days. At 3:30am we
were up and
bodies were working off
of west coast time so we felt good and anxious to get the day rolling. I had spotted a
Denny’s restaurant nearby
that was open 24 hours so we thought we would have a big breakfast
met Captain Jay Lighty of Mariah Sportfishing Charters at 5:30am.
Captain Jay was rigged up and
ready to go by 5:45am and we were off on the Mariah and after the
salt water fish – the Blue Marlin.
Before we even had all of the lines out we had
our first hit. The
fish hit light, took some line out, and
then off - our first miss. An
by before we would have our biggest strike of the day.
The fish, probably 500 lbs or more created a
crater the size of a Volkswagen when he hit one of the big top water
lures being trolled closest to the boat.
It was a spectacular strike, but again no
hook-up. We would
go on to have 6 misses in a row
before we would finally have our first full-blown hook up with a blue
marlin in the
6th hour of our charter.
fish hit one of the long lines and took off – drag screaming
scrambling around the deck
to pull all of the lines in Taylor
was finally able to don the fishing vest and jump in the fighting chair. 5 minutes of battle ensued
- the fish took
line out at will. Then,
with nearly 500
feet of line streamed off the marlin went for the surface. It was a magnificent
display of power as the
fish exploded through the water. For
nearly 10 seconds the fish danced across the ocean surface –
sight. Then the
fish went deep
again. We would go
on to fight the fish
for several more minutes –
He was gone.
It was catch &
release today – the release happened a little sooner than we
liked. To some this
would be a
us, we will not
steal defeat out of the jaws of victory – we had caught our
In the coming weeks we plan to put
together some closing thoughts on our adventure, compile the
“Best of 50-50”
for people to see and read, and to thank the many people who helped
adventure a reality.
Final fish count total:
(484 fish); Dad (472 fish) with a Grand Total of 956 fish
through all 50 states.
For those of you who wish to live
out your adventure please know that many people told us this could not
and that so many things would go wrong.
Some things will go wrong but if you are
committed and persevere great
things can happen. I
leave you with the
words that inspired us on this adventure and pray that you too will
live out your grandest adventure one day.
“Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to
fight, an adventure to live, a beauty
[John Eledredge –
Wild at Heart]
God Speed my friends.
Jeff & Taylor Turner
Fish 50 Trophy Waters in 50 States in 50 Days
“Leave a Legacy”
July 30, 2009