Gulf Port to St. Petersburg FL

Wandering the streets of Gulf Port FL.


What a great little place to visit. We took the opportunity to go ashore a wander the town before we met some friends for dinner. We found some pretty cool looking things. This is such a cute place I will definitely come back. The anchorage area was a bit wavy but we had had a lot worst.  Water depth averaged 9.5 feet.

Gecko lizard welcomes you to Gulf Port.

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We took the jet ski into the dinghy dock. See that little black and white jet ski; her name is Patch.

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Gulf Port shore line is partly beach; it’s so pretty.

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Okay, Who knows what this Bird is? It’s very pretty.

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We came upon this somewhat unusual yard full of art.. I think it’s neat looking

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I had to show you this up close view… Wouldn’t this be great in a yard for Halloween.

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Bryce found an ice cream shop… They were closed… We were sad.

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This is really a cute area.

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This is the Italian restaurant Alex & Andre took us to. I highly recommend it. The food is fabulous!!!

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We were able to catch up with some dear friends of ours Steve and Judy. We met them on our last trip. They really are great.

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We arrived back at the boat in time to see the sunset Steve and Judy’s boat is the double master on the starboard side of this picture.

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I think this is a cool picture of the 1/4 moon great smile.

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We arrived at St.Petersburg yesterday. See https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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One Tree Island to Gulf Port

Now, I remember why I fell in love with our traveling sailboat (Beauty).  As we travel the (GIWW) Gulf International Waterway, the views are spectacular. I like putting the sails up and sailing in the Gulf, but I also really enjoy all our stops on the GIWW.  This part of our journey (blog) will include the last 3 anchorages. Leaving One Tree Island to Redington Shore Bay to Gulf Port.  After crossing from Saint Vincent, We anchored near “One tree” Island. It is a great anchorage, but weekends will be very busy if it is nice.  We require 5.7 feet for our keel. At low-low tide, we saw 7.5 feet of water. High tide was 10 feet. We anchored between the two spoils rather than behind one tree island. The “One” pine tree is growing and in excellent shape and has a nice new sign that says “One Tree Island”, “Clearwater, FL”. We met the one skittish inhabitant, a 4 inch Salamander who lived on the One Tree. Great beach to dingy to, quite popular with locals and tour boats.

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I whish I could put you all in my pocket and bring you with me. But I guess I can only share it with you like this. As we pulled up anchor from One Tree Island and headed South, it felt like a warm summer day back in Michigan.  Boats were zooming all around us. I have to laugh because I told Bryce I felt like royalty all the boaters wave as they pass by.  Bryce read on Active Captain about this cute bay in Redinton Shores. So that was our plan to go anchor there next. It was only about 10 miles away; but we had to pass one fixed bridge and two draw bridges. 

This is the fixed bridge. It is 74 feet tall; so no issues here.

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This was our first draw bridge. It is 24 feet without an opening.  It opened on demand, so no waiting.

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I get a kick out of seeing all the boats. It’s February back home.  We would be dreaming of a day this great in February.

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Redington Bay

It was written that it was going to be a bit tricky getting into this bay and it was. But boy it’s worth it.  When you come along green number 3 marker, you must go on the wrong side and stay close to the docks along the shore. Active Captain gives a  good description on navigating this area. 

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I think you can tell how close we had to come to stay in the deeper waters.  Only 15-20 feet away.

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This is a little area in the bay that you have to watch out for. The center area marked by the buoys depth is 0.7 feet at low tide.

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After we made our little curve into the bay this was our view. We followed the shoreline close by.  And finally anchored near the tall building.

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I think this is such a cool house.

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Beauty anchored in Redington Bay. I feel really bad. I received a message on WordPress from one of our followers (Dave Gilroy).  He has been following us since the lower Mississippi.  Dave saw us again passing on the GIWW when he stepped out on his deck from his vacation condo in Indian Shores. We shall meet some day and laugh about this. Thanks for reaching out to us Dave.

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We had a short jump to go for dinner at Sea Breeze.  If you tell them you’re anchored cruiser you get a free round of beer.

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Bryce getting off the jet ski onto the dock at Sea Breeze restaurant. 

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Way up high this predator stalking his next prey.   Maybe George..LOL

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This is another couple cruising. Tom & Kim off Sweet Liberty. They came in shortly after we anchored.  They are doing the great loop.  They started from Traverse City.

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This cute little guy was protecting his area. Man.. he chased away so may other birds. I think he is walking the plank to calm down his heart rate.  LOL

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Finally we were able to do some kayaking. This really was a nice anchorage.  Well protected from winds, current and waves.

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Goodbye my friend.. Isn’t he so cute.  Only a mother could love this face.

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We pulled up anchor and headed to Gulf Port

Just shortly after we pulled up anchor, we had another draw bridge.  We were going through a total of three today.  These bridges had scheduled openings.

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This sailor it the rocks. I would call it a bad day.

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I must say I think this boat must roll a bit.  That is a bit small of a boat for a tuna tower.

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This was the Corey Causeway draw bridge. It is 18 feet clearance.

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Beauty being 60 feet tall, this bascule bridge had to open for us. One thing I must say, they seem to open on time.

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Our new friends Alex and Andre. It was so much fun meeting up with them. So glad we had the opportunity to meet. They treated us to dinner. On our first night here. It was amazing!!! Thank you.  We met a friend of Alex (Brad) in Memphis.  Brad trusted us with a message to tell Alex.. “Tell Alex to come down the lower Mississippi and visit his home town Memphis!!”.  We have been waiting about 4 months to give this message.

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Crossing The Big Bend (Gulf), Saint Vincent to Clearwater Florida

Wow.. I can’t believe we are actually in what looks like Spring/Summer fun. The weather was perfect upon arrival.  We arrived in Clearwater FL rather than Cedar Key due to unfavorable winds.  We really wanted to see Cedar Keys..  However, the winds would have been directly on our nose causing us to tack for 130 miles.  Instead we sailed closed hauled for 168 miles in light winds.  Total distance was 188 miles in 30 hours.  The night seemed long with the darkness and thick fog that latched on to us till early morning.  We turned on all outside sail lights so with any luck, any traveling boaters would see us.  Bryce and I took turns sleeping.  But of course, my mind would not stop showing me “mind movies” every time I closed my eyes. Why can’t my body relax to sleep during passage.  It’s a mystery..LOL

I spent some time coloring LOL…

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All-n-all it was a good crossing.  Moderate winds early near St Vincent.  Dropping to nearly zero in the early morning.  Then picking back up as the sun came up.  Probably about as good as it gets.

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Fog rolled in and stayed with us most of the night. 

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Early morning in between the fog the sun is coming up in the east.

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Bryce was sound a sleep and I sat and watched the sun raise. It was just so beautiful. Of course the fog rolled back in for a bit longer.

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We could see this sailboat glistening in the shadows of the sun.

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OH…Boy! back to the crab pot fields again.

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Finally a view of Clearwater Beach skyline.

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Do you see The blue on top of the lower building? I want to go swimming in that pool…

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This area sure has a lot of jet skiers. You can rent them if you like.

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Off to the starboard side we watched people learning how to sail. There is a chase boat that follows them in case they need rescued. 

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This bridge is 74 feet tall.  This bridge marks the border between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Instead of birds on a wire, we see birds on a fence. 

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If you are looking for a marina there sure are a lot of them around here.   This is Clearwater Marina near the bridge.

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We anchored just off this tiny island called One Tree Island.

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A Day Exploring Clearwater area by jet ski.

After a few hours of sleep, We decided to go out-n-about.  But first after two pots of coffee, we enjoyed the warm temps and the view from the bow of Beauty.

Just could not wipe the smile off his face..Look swimsuit, coffee and sunshine 

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We are just off the ICW and can watch the fishermen leave for the day on their boats.

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These two are enjoying a tour of the area on a Hobbie Cat. 

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This little place sure does get busy.  The locals are headed to “One Tree Island”.

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This “Pirate” ship cruise boat is headed out of “Clearwater Beach Marina”.  This marina is on the barrier island.

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This is the resturant near Clearwater Beach Marina where we ate.

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This is one of the rental places to rent jet skis.

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OM…These cute Pelicans sure are leaving a poopy mess.

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LOL…This guy I’ll name him George II. Didn’t leave his post but turned his body to watch us pass by.

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There is just so much to do here.  This is another one of the Cruise boats out of the Clearwater Beach Marina.  Lots of cruise boats here.  A very large dinner cruise from 5:30-7:30 is also available out of this marina.

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We found a dinghy dock and took a walk a long the board walk at Clearwater Beach Marina.

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I just can’t believe I am in a swimsuit.  Three days and 188 miles ago, we were in winter coats.  Today, we are enjoying a few drinks on One tree Island.

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Here is the One Tree on one tree island.  This spoil island was apparently created by dredging.  But named by locals.  The sign says “One Tree Island  Clearwater,FL”

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One Tree Island has one permanent resident.  He is a small 4 inch salamander high up on one tree.  He is a bit hard to see, but he is right in the middle of this picture sitting vertical on the main tree trunk.

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Saint Joe to Saint Vincent, FL

Well, I must say it sure was a pretty day to sail from Port St. Joe to Saint Vincent Island.  Saint Vincent was an okay spot to anchor in with East winds.  However, the strengthening offshore winds brought in small rollers by morning causing us to roll a bit.  Not sure I would want to anchor here again, but we have had much worse.  This afternoon, we will be making a 130 mile crossing to Cedar Key FL.  I have my headset charged so when Bryce sleeps I can dance and maintain the helm. LOL  All weather apps says this night will be a good crossing. I will let you know on the next post. LOL

This will be our route of travel.  But I can’t draw a straight line… LOL

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I totally veg’d out on the bow… love days like this.  Bright sunny day. The winds were light, but great to sail on.  The Gulf was unusually calm.  LOL.. I left a line of life vest, shoes and sweater as I slowly worked my way to the bow basking in the sun.

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Getting the early sunshine…Seems like it has been forever since we were able to be on the bow in swimsuits. Laughing out loud

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We have read that there was a sunken sailboat between Wreck Island (shown here) and the sandbar. I think that could be the mast. This is Wreck Island we anchored near.

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The shoreline was very pretty. We wanted to explore it but the winds piped up to 17 knots so we enjoyed the view from Beauty.

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Wow…We been traveling 5 months, 2 weeks.  For 2 months and 7 days we spent waiting on an engine in Mobile. Each one of these red dots represent a stop. There are 77 dots. https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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Cape Sand Bliss Anchorage, Saint Joseph Bay

After a full two days of high winds and thunderstorms, we left the Big Lagoon Bay anchorage near Panama City.  The weather sites WindAlert and Passage weather agreed on the conditions of the gulf so we headed out. Now remember, when you get a passing weather front it changes everything.  The storm have there own winds and waves.  We ran into a thunderstorm for a short time the winds gusted but it was all on the bow and the waves were small.  The day turned out beautiful.  We are now anchored in a bay off Port Saint Joe.  It was only 24 miles from Big Lagoon Bay.  Both Panama City (Big Lagoon Bay) and Port Saint Joe have really nice marinas so if you are following us and I don’t mention the marinas it’s because we enjoy anchoring out. Now the channel into both of these areas are huge. There are no issues the the entrances. There are also TV channels in the area that describe all the water front restaurants and what’s happening in the bays.  

As we approached the channel to leave Big Lagoon Bay we could hear this Military (Navy) hovercraft come barreling across the bay. Then before we knew it, it was in front of us. So cool looking. Later while we were in the Gulf we could hear this before we could even see it. it passed us several times, a few miles away.

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I really need to spary some water proofing on our bimini.  Poor George needed his rain coat (garbage bag) over him.  He was not amused..

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As we approached Fort Saint Joe, I went up to look around and Bryce… well he was navigating a wave to me.. LOL

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Today we are headed towards Saint Vincent Island where we will anchor tonight.  Tomorrow we are planning a 130 mile crossing to Cedar Key.  Yesterday when we arrived here, we took the jet ski to the island of the State Park and walked the sandy shoreline. 

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Getting off the jet ski going to stretch my legs.  Not often you see a jet skier in a jogging suit!!

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Poor George had to stay in the boat…LOL

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Bryce found a Horseshoe crap on a raft of his own. Unfortunately the tide never came back in to carry him back out and he passed away on his raft.   We found a number of horse shoe crabs on the beach.

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Beauty is nestled  in for the night. Water depth 14 feet.

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If you don’t look closely you might think this is a photo of snow. Rather it is pure white sand.

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A birds world.. parents take their young to the beach

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These little signs were up near the sea grass.

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Cute…

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This shell was still in the water. It’s just beautiful.

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Not sure if this jelly fish is sleeping or dead, but it sure is big. Bryce compared his hand to it.

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My photos of the shells in their own habitat

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A few hours later we relaxed in the cockpit and watched the sunset

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Destin Florida to Panama City Florida

A 50 mile trip along the Coast of the Gulf

Destin Florida was a great stop. Although Beauty had a number of poop dots by the time we left.. We parked too close to a few boats that looked like boats were abandoned. I should say abandoned by humans and reclaimed by the birds.  We enjoyed our day in Destin. We took the jet ski over to the sandy beach and enjoyed some R&R.  I had posted on FB on the “Women Who Sail Group” that we were in Destin and a new friend reached out to us and said they were going to be in the area taking photos. They ended up meeting us on the sandbar and they are awesome people. 

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We jet skied over to the beach across from Destin and enjoyed the afternoon watching the boats go by.

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Sitting on the beach we watched the seagulls try and take over Sunny Lady

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The pigeons enjoy their time on the beach with us.  Pecking at the sand for some scrumptious morsels.

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Bryce took the diesel cans in to top off the tank.  I think he just wanted to jet-ski..

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The birds have their own poopy boat to set on why must they poop on my boat!

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The following late morning we pulled out of Destin.  We had another 50 mile run to Panama City. That means we had another  7 hour sail ahead of us.  Of course the weather info was completely wrong for us.  We ended up with winds on our bow and waves just off our starboard side bow.  It was a bit messy.  We needed our sails up to help to stabilize Beauty.  Bryce went up and put the pulleys on the storm track and brought the headsail to the center of the boat and the mainsail was in full bloom with the tacking we had to do. With that said, the tacking increased the amount of time it took to get to Panama City.   

About an hour or so before dusk we were visited by a family of dauphins.  The waves had calmed completely down and the water became translucent.  We could see the dolphins swimming under the water near the bow.  They were racing Beauty.

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Panama City, Lower Grand Lagoon bay

We arrived in Panama City after dark nearing 6:30 p.m. What a great channel to come into. This is a shipping channel used for the Military and freighters.  Coming in wasn’t so bad a night.  It’s nice and wide to come into.  We just followed the blinking red/green buoys. The tricky point came near the entrance to the cut into Lower Grand Lagoon bay.  We had to keep the red buoy on the starboard side; yet the beach was within 25 feet to the portside.  No green bowie on the portside only the beach.  This is a great deep area to be in. We didn’t see anything less than 20 ft.  Our Garmin once again lead us through a tight spot at night.

We sat on the bow in the cool breeze enjoying our coffee.  I was still waking up.. LOL

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When we woke up this morning we noticed the range maker and this is an old pontoon boat made into a fishing boat. It has all kinds of nets hanging from it.

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Apparently he used these nets to capture some fish..

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We are taking shelter here with the high winds coming in today. They reached nearly 30 mph with the gust blowing. I must say this is a perfect place to be with easterly or southerly winds.  First we were able to sit on the bow with our morning coffee and watched the ships go out to sea.

This FSF is called the Sea Fighter. A Military vessel.  One of those new fangled power cats with low radar signature.

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This is a vessel coming back into the bay just shortly after they left. The Gulf is a bit of a mess right now.  Here you can see the narrow channel coming into Lower Grand Lagoon bay.  The entrance is between the point and the red marker. 

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The little blue boat is a scuba boat going out.  The decks are lined with tanks.  I bet they are not out long. 

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Bryce went on a garbage run and more diesel.  The place where he takes trash to is a State Park. They have a nice big dipsy dumpster.The sandy beach we are near is part of the State Park.

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After Bryce came back we figured we would go out and explore the area. That’s the State Park. The waves further to the west in the bay were reaching a foot so we didn’t want to go to far.

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Turpentine Still is very cool. This saw mill is missing the steam engine, but you get the idea of how it runs.

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Bryce is standing in front of the turpentine still.

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We then took a stroll on the beach.  I found a Christmas tree floating against the shoreline.

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This reminds me of a pin cushion. LOL  Thinking it must be a Sea Urchin.  There are hundreds of types, but the deciding factor it is an urchin is the 5 symmetrical radiating patterns (5 patterns of 4 lines).

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As we strolled along the beach, instead of collecting shells, I will deliver the beauty of them through photos.

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We had a few hour to relax before the storms approached us.   So we brought the chairs over to relax in the late afternoon.

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This photo shows how protected we are.   If you like to anchor, this is a great anchorage.

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This is our anchorage. It is perfect! You can track us an the evening. We post our anchorages every night.  www.trackmytour.com/35L17

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Headed offshore to Destin

Well, as I posted yesterday we were expecting thunderstorms, and they found us.  We left our anchorage as the sun was still burning off the fog.  Our out let to the Gulf was only maybe a mile from where we were anchored in Pensacola FL.  The funny thing is the fog was clearing a path for us as we moved towards the Gulf. I must say going out into the Gulf with the threat of possible thunderstorms did give me the heebie-jeebies!  But on the other hand according to Wind Alert & Passage Weather, the waves were going going to be 3 feet or less.  All is good! 

As we pulled up anchor We could just see the fog sitting over this tow.

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It’s funny to watch the clearing of the path. By the time we made it to this tow we could see it.

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If you can see in this photo we have to follow the ICW through this small opening.

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As we passed through the cut the fog lifted and gave us this beautiful view.

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This little guy is out taking is morning walk along the shoreline.

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This is a marine surveyor out “enjoying” the inlet/outlet.  Waves were breaking on the sandy shoals.  

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As we were headed out the tide was raising so we were going slightly against the tide coming in.

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Once we passed the last buoy, I found myself enjoying sitting on the bow. It was just what the doctor ordered.  It was a beautiful day.  We brought the chairs out and relaxed a bit.

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This is so weird. As I was sitting on the bow with the sun shinning upon my face; look what was brewing on the other side of me. Crap! This didn’t look good for the good guys. We started to see lightning and we could hear thunder as it roared coming towards us. Bryce counted the seconds between the lighting and the thunder it was approximately 3 miles away.  The thought in my minds was a storm develops their own winds and waves.  What are we in for? I tell you it sure didn’t look good. I walked back in side the cockpit. Bryce looked at the wind meter. Something must be wrong the darn thing is reading 99 knots. The only thing we could come up with is the lightning must be interfering with the reading.. Thank God! Shortly later, the winds read 15-20 knots.

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As approached Destin we had a slight rising high tide.  So the tidal currents were small.

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This is a tricky area to approach.  Apparently there is a sand bar on the portside of the green buoys you have to watch our for. Bryce called TowBoat US for guidance coming in. We sure do help them earn their pay check. The water depth was 11 feet.

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Looks like they are putting in another steel wall to help protect this area.  We had to work our way around the barges but just short of the bridge.  Then follow the bridge right to the harbor.

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This is a portion of the wall that is done. Sure doesn’t look that high.  Probably to reduce shoaling.  We are headed towards these boats.

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This is part of our view from our anchorage spot. Very nice.  Well protected from all winds.

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We can see how the the last steel wall helped build this sand dune. Pretty cool. But I think they will be doing some dredging to keep the canal open.

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As we were anchoring this …..flew over our heads.  It is an Osprey tilt rotor air craft.  It is flying in plane mode here.  It can tilt its wings vertically to hover like a helicopter.

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We are headed up towards the Wharf area for lunch today.

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Look at the birds on that sailboat! Must be a real poopy mess on that boat.

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Bay La Launch AL to Big Lagoon Anchorage FL

What a pretty day. Even with the overcast sky, it still seem nice. We motored from Bay La Launch to Big Lagoon in Pensacola near the outlet/inlet to the gulf. We will be heading out into the Gulf to make a crossing to Destin. Our mast is too tall to make it under the bridges on this part of the ICW. Winds shouldn’t be too bad and waves up to three feet. The thing I worry about are the isolated thunderstorms they are predicting.  We will spend two nights in Destin. The winds are going to blow a bit strong over the next few days.

What a pretty area it was to travel today. Remember, I log our anchorage every night if you’re ever wondering where we are. https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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This is our view as we pulled up the the hook and started back on with our day.  Now as we headed South we set our course to where we wanted  to go. It’s funny because we remember this part of the trip as a much longer run. It was only 11 miles.LOL But due to the time we didn’t want to make a crossing to Destin 50 miles away on the Gulf side and come in a tricky inlet at dark.

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I noticed this sand bar the last time we were here; wondering if they dredge this area.

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These beautiful homes line the border of Alabama into Florida. We waved goodbye to Alabama. See you on the next run.

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I always get a laugh out of this sign! Don’t we always use a clean marina? Or at lest we think we do. LOL

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Looking out on the Starboard side on the boat,  Flora-bama is on the other side of this island.  We had lunch there on a road trip.

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We saw a few boats out enjoying the day.

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We anchored across the bay Big Lagoon from these hotels. 

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Our Journey Continues

We we trapped here for about 2 months due to a failed engine.  We ordered a new Beta 38 and waited patiently for it to be delivered.  It was delivered this past Tuesday. Wednesday it was dropped in the boat and by the following Monday, we left.

With a Big thank you to the Turner’s family and their crew. We can’t thank you all enough for your support and help with our engine.  Corey wasted no time removing the old engine and dropping the new one in.  It was relatively painless.  Also thanks to Shirley and my girls night out.. LOL The time has come when we untied our lines and headed back out on our journey.  We wanted to thank all the wonderful friends we met. Bryon and Cynthia thanks for all the fabulous gifts.  I could go..on and on.  Sorry to all I didn’t mention but I would never stop typing. You all have a place in our hearts.

OM..We did it!!! I was and still am as I write this blog happy, to be back out on our way. Jim and Shirley greeted us a farewell as we left the marina. Shirley took photos of us leaving.  

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We are on our way out.. It’s hard to leave when you enjoy the people that surround you. Here we are headed to the Dog River Bridge out to Mobile Bay.

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OMG!!! We are back. Look at this view of this tow heading up to Mobile.

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We scared a few birds and we made our crossing in the bay.  We cut diagonally across the bay from the shipping channel to the Intracoastal Waterway towards the east.

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Look…Look… I have no coat on! What a beautiful day.  I’m pumped this is my life I just love it!  It was a gorgeous day on Mobile Bay.  No wind to sail on though. No waves.  Breaking in the engine.

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Bryce feel asleep on the bow.  After the week he has had, I took over the helm. He has worked night and day on getting the engine up and running. Along with the stress of his mother passing. He really needs a nap. Love you sweetie.

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This is our new panel it came in a bit small so Bryce had to buy a sheet of plastic and spray paint it.. I think it looks great.

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As we were coming up on the ICW we passed a tow coming out. I really do like seeing theses guys/gals.

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Our entrance to the ICW out of Mobile Bay.

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I don’t know why but I have developed a liking for Pelicans. 

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Coasting into the ICW, other wise known as the Sailboat Bay to the locals, I noticed this Dolphin statue.  As I glanced at it, I thought it was a Dolphin jumping. 

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This is interesting if you notice how the banks are along this portion of the river. The are very jagged. Not sure if there is a reason for it or not.

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We could see what we call the LULU bridge over the ICW. It is just next to Lulu’s.

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Is anyone interested in buying a marina? I looks like it has great potential. On the ICW.  It comes with a boat!!

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Right next to Lulu’s is her marina.

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A few weeks past, we stopped here for diner.  There is a dock you can use to go in while you stop for lunch.  We honked our horn as we passed.  Everyone was waving.

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One of the benefits of having our own vehicle was we went all over the place. We stopped here at Tacky Jacks for lunch. It’s just across from Lulu’s.

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Not to sure what these birds are but they sure are pretty.

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We made it to the City of Orange Beach… again LOL.

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Passing a tow along the banks of the ICW.. It’s nice and wide no issues.

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There is a highway that runs along the intra-coastal waterway here.  When we drove along here just a few weeks ago, I told Bryce I couldn’t wait to see it from the other side. Now here we are on the other side…

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The Wharf.  We spent Christmas Eve here with friends Ron and Karen.  What a different view from the waterside.

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If you are into shopping and restaurants you will love the Wharf.  This is amazing.  It’s worth a one night stay. 

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As we threw out the anchor we were able to watch the tow go by.

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The little red Engine Roared to life and purred like a kitten

 

So I wonder if you are getting board of our engine issues? But the good news is Bryce will be turning the key today. As I set here and write, he works diligently on the finishing touches of  her transplant. The past few days have been extremely crazy in this boat. I escaped to do laundry and have a few glasses of wine with friends.

Now, the excitement is a reality and the works begins

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Bryce need a place to get aluminum to make spacers for the engine. This is where he meet Joe and fell in love with Joe’s Machine Shop.

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This is a view of the workshop. Bryce thought he saw heaven when he visited Joe at C & J Machine & Welding.  If you are running down the river and need significant machining or fabrication, this is the place to go.  Joe says he has turned prop shafts for boats.  He has a lathe big enough to turn the prop shaft for pretty much anything short of a freighter.   He has various lathes.  The one in the background appears to be the big Mutha.

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Our v-birth became a work area just like his garage at home.  Bryce mounted a vice to allow him to cut the 3/8” thick 4×6 steel angle for the new rear engine mount.

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This is one of the Little Red Engine new feet. It is crazy all the leveling it takes to mount an engine.  Bryce made a bunch of shims to allow him to adjust the height.  Then he measured it and cut custom spacers.

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Here is one of the new rear engine supports Bryce fabricated in his garage (v-berth). The red ones are the old ones and the gray one is the new one. You can see the difference in the sizes of the supports.  Both are 3/8” thick steel.

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Look her feet and spacers are are on.  You can just see the rear mounts.

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Here is a rear spacer made from 1/2” thick aluminum.

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Okay……Now who is going to clean up this mess!!!!!!

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The engine mounts to 3/4” thick solid fiberglass which is backed by 1” thick aluminum plate glassed underneath.  New holes had to be drilled for 3/8” stainless bolts.  Here, Bryce is taping threads in the aluminum.  No lag bolts here.

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It took 5 hours just to replace the sound deadener.  The complete engine room is now lined.  He has not yet taped the edges here.

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Bryce is now putting the finishing touches on the little Red Engine.  Everything is bolted up, he is connecting the starter wires.

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At 10:00 a.m. this morning The New Little Red Engine came to life. She roared to life then she purred like a kitten. What a beautiful sound. We will be pulling out of here tomorrow around 12:00 noon. Our adventure continues.  This is a link to the sounds her purring “Our little Red Engine.” Little Red Engine

As the Beta Marine starts her new life with us, we are saying our goodbyes to the Westerbeke.

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As always thank you for following us!Red rose