Saturday, January 7, 2017 ~ It is only 1 C outside with 15 - 19 knot winds.
We left the Palafax Pier Marina, Panama City at 8:50 am. From St. Andrew’s Bay we entered East Bay which was very choppy, but the sun is finally shining. I am wearing the last pair of foot warmers which we bought at the Walmart in Demopolis. At 9:50 am we entered a 20 mile long canal with 15’ of water in the centre. It was a beautiful run. Our next body of water, Lake Wimico is only 5 miles long but here you must stay in the marked channel because the lake is shallow on both sides. Next we are in the Apalachicola River with the Apalachicola Marina at the junction of the river and bay. The bay is exposed with no real protection from strong winds until you reach Caravelle 25 miles away. The water was very choppy with white caps. The channel is well buoyed but we had to keep our eyes out for all of the markers to stay in the channel. Finally at 2:00 pm we are at the Moorings Marina, Cartable getting fuel. We are docked on a nice wall by 3:00 pm. Breakfast is included with our docking fees which was a nice surprise. We are just a short walk from an IGA and Fisherman’s Wife Seafood Restaurant.
Our length of stay in Carrabelle will depend on the weather. Our next destination is Clearwater. We are looking for a weather window to go out into the Gulf of Mexico. We cannot go until the winds are less than 15 knots and the waves are 2 feet or less. Right now that looks like Tuesday, but Wednesday may even be better.
|A scenic picture of the canal we are in|
|The channel to the left is the Gulf County Canal, a canal which|
will take you to the Gulf of Mexica and Port St. Joe
|Railway Swing Bridge on the Apalachicola River ~ It was open!|
|Entrance to Carrabelle Channel ~ It is so shallow on both sides|
that our wake is breaking on the shoals
|Our first big cleaning due to the salt spray from|
|Sunrise Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at|
the Mooring of Carrabelle
|A Dolphin playing in the channel Tuesday morning|
|This is the Marv's buoy weather we are watching for|
our window out to the Gulf of Mexico ~ Wednesday looks good!
|LADY V docked at The Moorings in Carrabelle|