November 21, 2013 – Panama City to Apalachicola, FL

27 Nov
KaJen & Quimby in St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL. with a shrimp boat in foreground.

KaJen & Quimby in St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL. with a shrimp boat in foreground.

Arch’s KaJen in Pensicola.

Arch’s KaJen in Pensicola.

Pensicola, FL @ St. Andrews Marina.  Oysters tonight & you can see the source.

Pensicola, FL @ St. Andrews Marina. Oysters tonight & you can see the source.

Marker 1 Marina from our slip in Duneden, FL

Marker 1 Marina from our slip in Duneden, FL

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL  How’s that for a boat’s name?  And check out the stern wheeler.

St. Andrews Marina, Pensicola, FL How’s that for a boat’s name? And check out the stern wheeler.

Georgeous home near Pensicola, FL

Georgeous home near Pensicola, FL

  St. Andrews,  Pensicola, FL


St. Andrews, Pensicola, FL

Kite boarders along the GICW going from Mobile to St. Andrews,  Pensicola, FL

Kite boarders along the GICW going from Mobile to St. Andrews, Pensicola, FL

Deer crossing the GICW

Deer crossing the GICW

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Tanker commercial vessel construction facility

Humbug traveling with Champ III on a slow pass headed from Pensicola to Apalachicola, FL

Humbug traveling with Champ III on a slow pass headed from Pensicola to Apalachicola, FL

Champ III on a slow pass headed from Pensicola to Apalachicola, FL

Champ III on a slow pass headed from Pensicola to Apalachicola, FL

The paper/pulp mill east of Pensicola.

The paper/pulp mill east of Pensicola.

Woke up to a torrential momentary downpour, it only lasted about 4 minutes.  Then blue skies 57 degrees at 6:30am.  It was so nice all day that we operated from the fly bridge the whole day.

While I was making lunch, a deer swam across in front of the boat.  Em was trying to navigate and take pictures at the same time, not easy.  We also saw thousands of coots,  three Bald Eagles on a small sand island, dolphins, young loons and huge cypress trees in a swampy area.

We had a long day and made it to Apalachicola just at dark.  Arch went in first and let us know what the depth of the water was, because he just noticed on the chart that it said 4 to 5 feet.  As it turned out, we had about 8 to 9 ‘.  The marina had a lot of loopers in it and a tight squeeze.  We were just about to try to pull in to a dock area that had boats on both sides when a man in a house boat told us to pull up to the side of the fuel dock, a lot more room.  We had dock tails with some loopers that Arch knew from his travels.  Then we walked down the road to Up the Creek Raw Bar and had some more raw oyster.  We all agreed that the Apalachicola Oysters were the best but they do not have the expected effect EM hoped for.

As we were walking back to the boat, it started raining so it was a fast walk back.

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