Bo  Smith's Website 

Last Updated: July 22nd, 2017


" If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"

"Dilligence is the mother of good luck"
Ben Franklin

"After the Laws of Physics, everything else is opinion"

<>Neil deGrasse Tyson
(from his book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry"


  Bo's Mine Tours website
(updated May 10th, 2017

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

Bo's Educational Services Project Websitess

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

unfortunately, I have had to suspend my mine tours business in the montains of western North Carolina. Instead, I have begun a business selling minerals and custom made pendants and rings based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Currently, all my minerals and supplies are in my garage in Jacksonville.. I will continue working with contacts in Spruce Pine but  will be moving my base of operations from North Carolina to Jacksonville.

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 cat, Ruby, live in Jacksonville, Florida. We enjoy visiting with our friends and family who live in the vicinity of Jacksonvillle.  We are tying to figure out what to do during the hot summer months in Jacsonville now that we are not spending our summers enjoying the cooler and less muggy air of the wetern North Carolina mountains.  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.  We both enjoy the fellowship of our church friends. Diana particularly enjoys her Thursday bible study groop and working on home decorating  and landscaping projects. We enjoy  fishing when we can both in Jacksonville or while visiting friends and family outside of town. Our latest venture is to try our hand at wine making.  We bottled our first wine, an Australian Cabernet in April 2016.  We plan to make our second wine, a blended Argentinian Malbec soon.  We had to sell our cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains  and will miss spending our summers there.  

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 Ruby,
 and our orange tabby cat,  Gemini.

Summer and Fall Travel Plans
Diana plans to drive west to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to visit her longtime friend Sue Johnson the first week in August.  I am staying behind to  keep the doggies and cats from being lonely. We had hoped to drive to Long Beach Island in New Jersey for a long Labor Day weekend with my daughter Jessica and her family. But, we decided that the long drive and some medical considerations made that impractical. Instead, I plan to fly there for about a week at the end of August while Diana keeps the doggies and cats in line. Tit for Tat! We are looking forward to driving to Harkers Island near Beaufort, North Carolina for a week long visit with our friends Gene and Kay Atkinson in mid September. We plan to do some fishing, enjoy some beach time and just hanging out relaxing. We are taking the doggies and will be staying in a guest house home next to the main house. On the way back, we plan to stop in Fayettville to visit Diana's cousin, Anita, and her son Carl. Later in September, Diana and I are attending a "Golden Eagles" Southeast Region reunion which is scheduled to be held in Savannah, Georgia Spetember 26th-28th. My sister Barbara, who lives in Toms River, New Jersey is planning to vist us in Jacksonville for a couple of weeks in October. She will be bringing her Shih Tzu doggie Nickie who is a litter mate of King Tut. My daughter Laura is planning to visit us  the wekend of October 27-29th so that we can go to the Forida Georgia game on Saturday. This should be a key game in the SEC East. Go Gators!

Recent Pictures

My daughter Jessica, her husband Tom and their children (my grandchildren) Leighton (4)) and Carly (1 March 3rd) came to Jaccksonville for a visit. We had dinner Tuesday night (Feb 7th), visited Friday at their condo, and celebrated Laighton's birthday.  My daughter Lindsay, her husband Brett and their two children (my grandchildern) Curren (5 March 2nd) and Liv (3) joined us for dinner and today's birthday party.
 My daughter Laura and her daughter Eliza (my granddaughter, 10) drove down from Columbia, SC for theparty.

Picture: Diana and me with Leighton (left) and Carly at the condo yesterday.

Surf Fishing

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 (when it gets repaired-Matthew)

Pier Fishing

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.
Pier Fishing- June 20th, 2016
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

  New Jersey "shore" fishing with Jessica and Tom at Barnegat Bay/Long Beach Island
July, 2016

Diana and I enjoyed a nice day of fishing with Tom and Jessica on Baregat Bay. We caught several fish, but the best was Jessica's 19" flounder.

We also enjoyed swiming in their saline swiming pool  specially with their daughter Leighton.

Fishing with Kay and Gene Atkinson (friends from my VA-15 navy A-4 sqadron circa 1967)
at their home on Harkers Island, North Carolina
July and October, 2016

Diana and I enjoyed boating and fishing with Kay (left) anf Gene (driving the boat)

We fished lots of places inside the outer banks, but our favorite was close to the Cape Lookout lighthouse

Gene and I flew two combat cruises together In VA-15 (USS Intrepid CV-11) over South and North Vienam in the late spring to late fall of 1966 1nd 67.

We caught lots of small fish which Gene fried with softshall crab (good eatin')!

Charter Fishing with Steve Mullin of Fish Hunter Charters
December, 2016
My five daughters gave me (for my 75th birthday) eight hours of charter fishing in the St. John's eestuary with a guide, Steve Mullin (Fish Hunter Charters). We decided to split it up in to two trips. We completed our first trip with Steve on December 19th and kept 15 of the many yelllow mouth trout we landed. We, (mostly Diana) also caught  8-10 very nice bluefish but they all were just under 12" so they are alive and getting bigger for our next trip.  Actually, we are planning to do our next trip  on a nice sunny calm day about 10 miles offshore in March fishing for Sea Bass and Grouper.

 Steve Mullin

Steve's Boat (24' center console walk around)

December 19th Trip
Diana and me holding Yellow Mouth Trout

December 19th Trip
We took home 15 Yellow Mouth Trout

Pictures of North Carolina Memories

This is a view of the cabin we had in the mountains near Spruce Pine and Burnsville North Carolins from 2008 until 2016.

This is a view of Mt. Ce,\lo of the Black Mountains from the back porch of our cabin.

 I love to spend time in the moutains of western North Carolina with Bo's Mine Tours.

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
updated July 15th, 2017

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 biostatistitian for Westat in Maryland but works from home. Their oldest son, Austin (on the far left) is a junior physics major at Cal Berkeley. Hadden (to Austin's right) is a Freshman at  UCLA. He is a  Compter Science major .

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 is  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 was eight June 30th and enjoys dancing and working with his gem mineral collection. Nora turned four and is funny and smart.


My fourth daughter, Jessica lives with husband Tom and their daughter Leighton new baby daughter, Carly, 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 management side.  Their daughter Leighton was four last February. Jessica and Tom's second daughter (my 6th grand daughter), Carly Gail Scangarello celebrated her first birthday last March.

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 in a hospital emergency care section. He is also working at home on an online BA in nursing program.

Brett loves to surf and Lindsay and the kids go to the beach often.
Their son Curran (behind Brett) was five last March.  Their daughter, Liv (behind Lindsay) is the 'life of the party' and will turn four in October

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

Website by:  Robert S. "Bo" Smith