Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tuesday 2/27 thru Thursday 3/1/2018

Welcome to Florida!

Tuesday morning’s weather proved to be promising and we were itching to get to Pensacola FL.  I was feeling “acceptable” - even though it still hurt to talk or move - to work the lines and fenders.  And I knew we would be cruising the ICW (protected waters and mostly ‘no wake’ speed).
Barge traffic on the ICW - crushed cars?!
Leaving Alabama and crossing to Florida felt GREAT!! I don’t know why – maybe because the sun was shining!?!  Right on the state line there is a marina/boat yard on the south side.  Suddenly we heard, “The Lower Place, The Lower Place this is Tres Rios, channel 16”.  Hey! Our friends from the Perfect Storm!!  We switched channels and asked how they were doing. It seems when we ducked in at Dauphin Island they continued across the MS Sound and anchored somewhere in Mobile Bay.

They arrived at the marina/boat yard earlier that day because he discovered they lost the swim platform from their boat during the MS Sound crossing!!!  GULP!!!  Holy Moly!!  They will be there several days for repairs and hopefully the “cabin temp” on his boat will stabilize…it might be a little cold on board.
Time for that oil change
I am happy to report that we arrived SAFELY at Palafox Marina in Penscola FL by noon on Tuesday!!  Not only are we tied safely to the dock, we will be here until at least Friday morning.  This stop has provided some MUCH NEEDED rest for me, general maintenance updates for Charlie and a very special visit with our looper friend Mike & Karen from Tranquillity III!!!  They have moved to Pensacola and T3 is docked in this marina!
Recognize Tranquillity III?? YAY!!!
Even though I’ve felt like I’ve been knocked around a boat for hours, it has been so nice to spend time with them.  We have shared meals together at their house AND back on The Lower Place – grilling burgers & brats on the bow of our boat just felt like old times – familiar!! I’m so happy we are here!!

Today (3/1/2018) the wind is howling & it’s pretty rocky in the marina but I was determined to get the blog updated.  This afternoon we will make a run to Publix to re-provision with the intention of travelling east tomorrow…weather permitting!! We have another GOLD LOOPER with us (we met on the route from Orange Beach) Calypso Poet and Carrabelle FL is their next destination too.  YAY!!!

As I continue to heal we will continue to enjoy our adventures on The Lower Place.  Thanks for riding along!!

God Bless!

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