O’ DARK 100 CHRISTMAS EVE —(AT EXACTLY 0600) We took off the dock lines and silently and very slowly left the docks of C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle, FL.
Do I need to share with you the fact that I do NOT enjoy cruising in the dark?? Slowly and ever so slowly Mr. Sun did begin to creep over the horizon. If I ever bitch again about the sun being in my eyes, someone needs to slap me!
We cruised 82.6 miles today. The day was long, almost 10 hours traveling across the Gulf. It was also somewhat boring. We saw only one loon, one dolphin, and 3 boats way off in the distance. Once we made it to Steinhatchee , there was more activity with local fishing boats along the channel.
We had a good chuckle seeing the ingenuity of one of the locals. Who needs to spend hundreds of dollars for a short “tuna-type” tower to fish from when you can make your own with a step ladder and several bright orange ratchet straps to secure it to your fishing boat???
After cleaning the boat and ourselves, we called one of the two local restaurants in town to come pick us up for dinner. We had been told by the dock guys that this place offered that service. ALAS – we were not advised that they were closed for the evening. UGH —NOT to be skunked – in the ship’s stores was some caviar, I had my vodka, and there was plenty of marinated shrimp left. We dined just fine, thank you.
CHRISTMAS DAY — 2016
We elected to cruise today and the following day to make good use of the stable weather for being out in the Gulf. Christmas day found us on a 60 mile run to Cedar Key. Literature stated that there was a tie up at the city docks. So we creeped towards what we thought were the city docks,,,,no signage, and tied up in some shallow water, where Salt Lick was floating at low tide.
Salt Lick was purchased 10 years ago in December. Hank and I spent a couple of weeks bringing the boat to GA. We were reminded of that first Christmas with Salt Lick where on THAT Christmas day in 2006, we ate a frozen chicken dinner tied up alongside the Great Bridge Locks in Virginia. It was raining, cold and miserable. We did laundry that day evening, too. THIS 10 year anniversary, the Christmas dinner was much more gourmet to include pork, fresh mushroom dressing, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, and a delightful red wine!! As we entered the channel into Cedar Key we were greeted by many dolphin. They were having a high-ho time playing on our bow and in the boat’s wake. ALWAYS a good sign when being greeted by dolphin in a channel. Merry Christmas!!
Next morning we found ourselves sitting in the sand and unable to MOVE. So we had an hour’s wait for the tide to rise. Many local crabbers, clammers, and fishermen were leaving from the city boat ramp, all “jawing” away about our boat and where the “hell” is Eagle Neck, GA?? Always remembering that someone might know your Mother,,, this one fisherman, knew of Shellman Bluff and exactly where we have our home port. He also knows someone that Hank knows from the area. YES – IT IS A SMALL WORLD.!!
Late afternoon on Monday, December 26, 2016 we docked in Tarpon Springs, FL. this puts us officially off the open Gulf waters and soon to enter more protected coastal water traveling.
See blog to follow………