Nov 21, 2011

Day 40 – The Gulf Crossing

Today is the day to cross!! We all awoke very early – some as early as 3am, with everyone being up before 5am. Both boats were filled with nervous energy. Everyone was busy doing their part to prepare for departure with very little conversation. We put all accessories on the floor and secured the doors…
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Nov 20, 2011

Day 39 – The Wait Continues

Today was another day of waiting to cross the Gulf of Mexico – based on our comfort level, today’s seas were  still too high for us to cross. There is hope for tomorrow with the wave predictions ranging from 1.5-3 feet. Today was an interesting day. As we continued to monitor the wind and wave forecasts, the fact…
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Nov 19, 2011

Day 38 – One Step Closer

Even though the winds were going to be around 15mph today, we decided to leave Apalachicola and head to Carrabelle, FL . We intend to begin our Gulf crossing from there instead of Apalachicola as we hear the Government Cut out of Apalachicola is pretty shoaled over. So we said goodbye to our home of the last…
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Nov 18, 2011

Days 35-37 – The Waiting Game

We have spent the last 3 days in Apalachicola watching the wind and wave height forecasts and waiting for both to settle down to acceptable levels. We have monitored buoy websites and marine forecasts daily and have spoken to many locals and other boaters, including Lady Chateau, regularly to determine the right time and route…
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Nov 15, 2011

Day 34 – Panama City, FL – Apalachichola, FL

Based on the wind and wave forecast for the Gulf of Mexico, it is clear we will not be crossing the Gulf of Mexico in 2-3 days as we had hoped. For the next 4 days, the forecast is for winds from the South/Southeast at 10-20mph and wave heights up to 6ft. While the wind speeds…
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Nov 14, 2011

Day 33 – Another Day on the Panhandle

Since the forecast indicated that it would get windy in the afternoon, we decided to get going fairly early for our short 48 mile day to Panama City. Today’s route took us through 15 more miles of the Choctawatchee Bay, about 20 miles of a riverlike channel, and ended in the West Bay at St….
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Nov 13, 2011

Day 32 – Pensacola, FL – Sandestin, FL

Life is so good – we awoke to another beautiful morning – sunshine, fairly calm waters, and the smell of Florida! Before departing for the day’s journey, we enjoyed some of Patti’s carmel rolls, mimosas and laughs on the upper deck at Perdido. The views were terrific!  Dick and I are really enjoying traveling with our…
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Nov 12, 2011

Day 31 – Off to the Intracoastal Waterway

We awoke to a beautiful sunrise this morning and breakfast sandwiches from Hardees. Miss Betty stopped at Hardees on her way to work to pick them up for us – we had breakfast by 6:30am! She is a very kind soul. We shoved off shortly after 7am for our adventure across Mobile Bay. We had…
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Nov 11, 2011

Day 30 – We are Not in Kansas Anymore!

With only 60miles and no locks ahead of us, we departed later than usual today.  We were the last to leave the anchorage. By the time we left, the early morning fog had lifted. It was a perfect morning – sunny, calm, and comfortable temperatures. The river for the first 30 miles of the day…
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Nov 10, 2011

Day 29 – Silas, AL – Alabama River Cut

It was a beautiful morning at Bobby’s Fish Camp after a fairly rocky night of sleep. There were a number of tows that passed during the night, each creating a fair amount of turbulence. We departed around 7am, after calling the lock to get a lock through time. Four of the five boats at Bobby’s left…
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