Bo  Smith's Website 

Last Updated: June 22nd , 2016


" Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are."

Old Chinese Proverb


Bo's Minerals for Sale

(updated February 20th, 2014)

  Bo's Mine Tours website
(updated June 15th, 2016)

Ancient Native American Mica Mining in Western North Carolina
(updated October 16, 2015)

Scroll down to the bottom of the page
if you are interested in the sale of our North Carolina rustic mountain cabin

Bo's Educational Services Project Websitess

Protein Crystals in Space Website Aerospace Education Mentor Website
Project Geo Website

Me and my lovely wife Diana

My wife Diana and I along with our three Shih Tzu doggies (Panda Bear, Bella, and King Tut), our orange tabby cat (Gemini),
 and our American Curl kitten, Ruby, live in Jacksonville, Florida.
We enjoy visiting with our friends and family who live in the vicinity of Jacksonvillle.  I spend my time in the fall and winter enjoying watching the "Gators" play football," Go Gators", working with my rocks and minerals in a new "mineral lab" in our garage, and reading. I also volunteer for my alma mater ,Cornell, by coordinating alumni contacts with applicants to Cornell in northeast Florida and southwest Georgia.  Diana enjoys the fellowship of her church friends and accomplishing decorating  and landscaping projects in our new home . We both enjoy  fishing off the pier at Jacksonville Beach.  Our latest venture is to try our hand at wine making.  We have  bottled our first wine, an Australian Cabernet in May.  We hope that it is drinkable by September or so.  We are selling our cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains (see below) so I will not be able to continue my Bo's Mine Tours business. Bo's Mine Tours has been a great experience for me and I am in the process of transitioning it into a mine tours consulting business.  Diana and I  are planning a "road trip" this summer touring and visiting friends and family in
North Carolina, New Jersey, and Tennessee with short stints at our cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our Home and Family

Our Jacksonville home in Egrets Glade

Our three Shih Tzu dogs; King
King Tut (upper left), Panda (front) and Bella.

Our American Curl kitten,Ruby,
 and our orange tabby cat,  Gemini.


I used to love
surf fishing off the  beach at the naval base in Mayport. But it's a lot of work getting my gear out to the beach and back.
So, these days, I have to be satisfied with fishing from boats, canals, and the JAX Beach pier!

This is our JAX Beach Fishing Pier set-up!

This caddy has our cooler, bait bucket, four poles,
tackle box,two folding chairs, and an umbrella.

Bo fishing off the pier in JAX Beach

Diana fishing at a Captiva Island resort

Pier Fishing- June 20th
It was a beautiful day, cooler than usual with a nice sea breeze. We fished the incoming tide from low for five hours.
We initally caught catfish but as we fished the deeper water behind the breakers we caught a pompano, sheepshead, and a couple of "spots"; too small to keep !

Bo with a small sheepshead

Diana with two small catfish


 I am transitioning my Bo's Mine Tours business in to a consulting service.

Diana and King Tut waiting for Bo to return
from exploring the Hawk Mine off the Cane Creek

At a Folk Fest at our cabin

My Five Daughters and Their Families

My eldest daughter Heather,
is a senior lecturer and statistical consultant at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. CA. Her husband, David is a senior biostatistition for Westat in Maryland but works from home. Their oldest son, Austin (on the right) will be a junior physics major at Cal Berkeley this year. Hadden (on the left) just graduated fromhigh school and is an outstanding student and avid golpher. Hadden will attend  UCLA as a Compter Science major next fall. 

My next eldest daughter, Laura is an experienced television news producer who has her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas. Laura and her family have recently moved from Austin to Columbia, SC where Laura will begin her new job as a senioir lecturer at the College of Journalism at USC.  Her husband, Steve is a musician and private contractor. Their beautiful and talented daughter, Eiiza is enjoying her new elementary school in Columbia!

We are very pleased that they decided to move back to Columbia, SC from Austin so we have the opportunity of seeeing them more often!

My middle daughter, Stacy is a director of online graduate level courseware development at North Carolina State University. Her husband, Jed is a digital design artist.  They live in Raleigh with their two wonderful  children;  Oliver will be seven June 30th and enjoys dancing and working with his gem mineral collection. Nora recently turned two and is the antithesis of "terrible two". She recently began attending dance classes.

We look forward to visiting them in July!

My fourth daughter, Jessica lives with husband Tom and their daughter Leighton new daughtern on the New Jersey shore.  Jessica earned her BA in Business Management at the University of North Florida while continuing her career as soloist at the Florida Ballet. Tom and Jessica have a lanndscaping business on Long Beach Island , New Jersey. Tom manages the operations of the business while Jessica oversees the office side.  Their daughter Leighton was three years old on February 11th. Jessica and Tom's second daughter (my 6th grand daughter), Carly Gail Scangarello was born on  March 3rd, 2016.
This picture was taken in Costa Rica last January where Tom surfs and Jessica and Leighton enjoy the beach; Guess there's not much going on in the landscaping business on the Jersey shore in January!

We look forward to visiting them this summer!

My fifth and beautiful daughter, Lindsay lives with her husband, Brett and their two children Curran and Liv here in Jacksonville Florida.  Lindsay minds the children while Brett works as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in the in the Emergency Care section. He is also working at home on an online BA in nursing program. Their son Curran is an active 4 year old.  Their daughter, Liv is a cute and unassuming two year old :-)

My Personal Page including Navy career, and Wedding and Family Pictures

Any man may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile,

I think he can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction ....... I served in the U.S. Navy "

John F. Kennedy

Lt. Bo Smith
A4 pilot in 1967 off the coast of North Vietnam
VA-15 Valions from USS Intrepid CV-11

Click HERE for 'High Flight'

Bo was recently selected to be a member of the the "Golden Eagles"
We attended our first "Golden Eagle" reunion April in Orlando.
The Golden Eagles Website

Our Rustic North Carolina Mountain Cabin is For Sale

We have enjoyed our beautiful rustic cabin in Micaville, North Carolina (northeast of Asheville) since 2008.  But, unfortunately we have to sell it.
It is beautifully located on 1 1/2 acres with a great view of the Black Mountains.
It has a remote feeling but is conveniently located  less than a mile from the main road (Rte  19E) between Burnsville and Spruce Pine.
It is compledtely furnished (including towels and linens), has two bedrooms with facilities and a loft with a double bed (sleeps six).  It has two large covered porches to enjoy the view!  We rented it through Air B & B last summer and fall  very successfully when we were not using it.  
The abin would be great for a year round home or a vacation home which could be rented when not in use.
It is for sale for $140,000 + closing costs.
 If you are interested,  email me at or text me at (904) 708-9186.

 Black Mountains from main back porch in spring

View of main back porch

Black Mountains from main back porch in October

Main Back Porch

Bear Chiminea fire on main back porch

View to the southwest from main back porch

Front of cabin from Fruit Tree Lane

Front corner of cabin-Parking area is to the right

View of camping area
Corner of great room with Franklin Stove

Loft with double bed and dining area in great room

Kitchen area in great room

Master bedroom with queen pine bed

camping area from back porch

Outhouse in camping area

Guest bedroom with double pine bed

Firepit at guest end of cabin and parking area

Website by:  Robert S. "Bo" Smith