Day 210 … Thurs, Nov 16, 2017 … 29.3 miles; 3:30 hours
Apalachicola, FL to Carrabelle, FL
Today was 30 miles across open water, but in a narrowly marked channel. Chart left shows marked channel within Apalachicola Bay. St George Sound was the same way. We never lost sight of land, but were confined to a channel within what looked like open water. Much of which was too shallow for us. We are the dark circle on the chart.
We hit the jackpot as far as location goes at C-Quarters marina in Carrabelle … right in front of the marina office, showers & laundry!! The long finger pier alongside is a necessity for getting Cally on/off the boat with her ramp(s).
The rocking chairs are popular for morning coffee and afternoon beers.
PLUS … we are on their web cam. Check it out … we’ll be here thru Thanksgiving it looks like. Click on the link, then click on Web Cam on right side of page.
Can you see us???
9 Other Looper boats were here when we arrived. Also, we saw 2 friends, Lil Lake Hideaway & Lake Effect head out past us as we settled into our slip. at least I got to wave, maybe we will see them after we cross to the west coast of Florida.
There was a Captains Meeting for the boats leaving tomorrow afternoon to cross the Gulf of Mexico to either Tarpon Springs or Clearwater. We went to the meeting, but are not leaving with this crowd tomorrow.
With Cally on board, She Who will NOT Potty Onboard, we will take 3 to 5 hops (stops) around the Big Bend of the panhandle over to the west coast. 27+ hour cruise with a dog who doesn’t potty on the boat isn’t for us. It will take us longer to get to Tarpon Springs, but we will get there and we will make the most of our route on the way.
A beautiful sunset for our first night in Carrabelle
The local gang gathers on the huge covered porch for coffee each morning … apparently.
Really nice marina staff, locals and live-aboards hanging out. Should make for a fun time.
AND … looks like we will be here for a while. We need a 3 day window of decent conditions (wind & waves) for us to start our crossing to the west coast. We could have left today with the crowd and gone one of 2 shorter stops Rip has picked out … but then we would be stuck there for days on end. MUCH nicer here, so here we will stay.
I finally got a (second) chance to take pictures of the whittling Lesli from Soulstice does … take a look. We meet up with them back at Sumpter Rec Area Anchorage. Nice to see them again and catch up with all Leslie’s crafty projects. Leslie whittles when they cruise, as she gets bored …
Lesli is now teaching herself to paint in the style of “Pointillism”. It’s painting with dots of color. I think she is quite talented.