Miles Today: 74 SM; Total Miles: 4,745 SM
Locks Today: 0 ; Total Locks: 103
It was another early morning and beautiful sunrise on Farmdale Bayou as we raised the anchor at 6:30 a.m. and left the anchorage with Young at Heart. As the sun was rising and we were heading East, it was difficult to see anything including channel markers. I guess that why we have the sage advice from other Loopers to plan a Big Bend crossing to arrive late morning so that we will able to see the gazillions of crab pots as we arrive at Anclote Key. Good advice because Steve resorted to wearing two pairs of sunglasses at once this morning to see beyond the glare.
Today we traveled the bays, creeks and bayous to Carrabelle. The narrow creeks were lined with swamps and marshes and large stands of cypress. It was quite pretty, although the waterway was a little more challenging in a couple places with trees and logs floating in the water. While we didn’t see them, we’re sure there were alligators lurking and watching us go by.
We arrived at C Quarters Marina about 5 p.m. and after a strong cross current,we were safely in our slip. We met Loopers Scott and Brigitte on Putz’n Around who will be traveling with us across the Gulf. We had a cocktail on Putz’n Around and all six of us walked to The Fisherman’s Wife Restaurant for dinner. It was nice to have another boat join us and Young at Heart and we enjoyed getting to know Scott and Brigitte.
After dinner we all made a quick stop at the IGA Grocery Store next to the restaurant. The IGA was very accommodating and offered that we would put all of our groceries in a cart and take it back to the Marina, returning the cart tomorrow. This prompted all of to go back pick up heavy items like beer and cases of water that we wouldn’t be able to carry back. Leave it to Loopers to seize on an opportunity.