One of my fondest memories growing up in Connecticut is the way the world wakes up in the summer.  Since moving to Hawaii 5 years ago, I’ve dearly missed using overly hot, muggy days as an excuse to find a body of water and just jump in.  In addition to its coastline, Connecticut has a multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers to keep a growing biologist busy and out of trouble.  I have always wanted to take what I have since learned back to my home state and explore with my new set of eyes.  Last week, I got just that chance.  I only had six days to fit in all that I wanted to do, so tie flew by.  During that week, I chased countless largemouth bass and sunfish through ponds of milfoil and lily-pads, watched as schools of stripers raced past me at sunrise and I even brought my obsession with sharks along for an especially wild encounter (click here for more on blue sharks).  And of course I spent some quality time with the family.  Somehow I managed to fit it all in less than a week.