Panama City Beach to Carrabelle FL

On January 31, 2014, Mike traveled with his brother Curt to Panama City Beach to continue the journey. The goal is to travel from PCB to Carrabelle on February 1, and then cross the Gulf from Carrabelle to Clearwater Beach on February 2, which is also Super Bowl Sunday!  We’ll see how it goes.

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Brother Curt at the marina in Panama City Beach as we prepare to depart in the morning for Carrabelle, FL

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Dinner at Schooner’s on the beach.

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We departed PCB much later than expected. We were waiting for Federal Express to deliver a rental satellite phone that we needed as a safety measure when we will be offshore in the Gulf. Fed Ex cost us more than an hour. Then we were stopped by the Florida Water Patrol, which cost us another half-hour. Suddenly, we were pushing it to arrive at Carrabelle before sunset.
At any rate, the grassland marshes along the Apalachicola
River were beautiful in the late afternoon light.

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Forests of cypress lined both sides of the river. Water was like glass. We’re headed to the mouth of the Apalachicola River, then up St. George Sound to Carrabelle. And we were flying at 24mph trying to make our destination by sunset.

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Then, just 24 minutes after that sunny picture in the cypress forests, we arrive at the mouth of the river and were surrounded by dense fog. You can barely see the two channel markers just ahead of the boat. Our goal suddenly looked out of reach.

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About half way up St. George Sound from Appalachicola to Carrabelle, darkness surrounded us, and we decided to anchor for the night just off the shore of St. George Island, at the blue dot.

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We were planning to have a great seafood dinner in Carrabelle. Instead, we had PBJ. Have rarely experienced the total silence and total darkness that we found that night.

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The next morning, Super Bowl Sunday, we made it the rest of the way to Carrabelle after the dense fog finally burned off around 10am. We made our way to Moorings Marina, and found a spot on the transient dock. Seems Random Plan is a magnet for law enforcement!
No way we are crossing the Gulf today. So we settled in for a relaxing day in Carrabelle, scouting out a good place to watch the Super Bowl.

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Curt and I had lunch at the recommended local seafood joint. Not bad.

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Curt’s a photographer like me, so we spent part of the day exploring this seaside village with our lenses.

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Darkness set in at Moorings Marina as we settle in to watch the game on the boat. Curt walked across the street from the marina to the IGA to get wings, pizza and beer!   Went to bed planning to leave for our 165 mile Gulf crossing at first light.