Twelve clients from the Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles experienced a special treat recently – a deep sea fishing trip on the Pacific Ocean.
The excursion began at a harbor in Marina Del Rey. Three counselors from the Academy who also coordinate fitness and wellness activities, Rob Regis, Cristina Kula, and Cynthia Castillo, supervised the teens during the day-long fishing excursion.
They traveled up to Pointe Dume and back on a recreational fishing boat with ample equipment. The teens diligently learned how to use the fishing rods and quickly set about catching fish for their dinner. Of course not all marine creatures can be kept. Stingrays, for example, must be quickly returned to the water, as they are endangered.
In addition to the fishing, students enjoyed the relaxation of watching the waves and were happy to spot a playful pod of dolphins. By the end of the trip, they were all very proud of their accomplishments. Enjoying a dinner of well-seasoned grilled fish that they had caught themselves was the perfect ending to a beautiful day. Christina Kula summarized the day, “The clients that we took were great! I would also like to thank Kenny in the kitchen for preparing the fish that we caught!”
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