Back in Louisiana
08 July 2017
Spent 5 days in Panama City waiting for tropical storm Cindy to go away. Had 4 days of rain with no wind, then the rain stopped and the wind blew 30 mph the next day. We finally left on Friday 6/23/17. It was still a bit windy but since we were traveling intercoastal it really didn't matter. We left mid morning after fueling up. Anchored for the night in Joe's Bayou on the Choctawhatchee Bay near Destin. Left early the next day and made it to Ingram Bayou near Orange Beach AL. Left there early on Sunday and headed across Mobile Bay. As usual Mobile Bay kicked our butts. Wind was supposed to be 5-8 kts but instead was blowing about 15-18 out of the north with an incoming tide flowing from the south so we had quite a swell right on the beam (as we did for most of this entire year). Whats up with a north wind blowing in the summer?? Guess we just attract bad weather. Luckily once we crossed under the Dauphin Island bridge things calmed down considerably and we made it to Cat Island Mississippi before dark. Long day. Wind continued out of the northeast all night so the anchorage was a bit bumpy all night but we were so tired we didn't care. Only one more day until we are home. Up and moving early. Had to wait a little over an hour to enter the Rigolets and Lake Ponchartrain due to work being done on the railroad bridge but otherwise a good day. Stopped in Madisonville at the town dock for the night. Had several friends stop by to visit. Went to dinner at a local seafood restaurant and enjoyed some good old Louisiana fried catfish and shrimp. Slept like a baby that night tied to the dock in a river with no waves. The next day we moved the 6 miles upriver to Marina Beau Chene, our home for the summer.
Since we have been home we have mostly been doing chores around the house, getting our yard in order, and visiting with family and friends. Hope to get started soon on boat projects so we can be ready to leave again this fall.
24 June 2017
Got tangled up in a sailboat race in Pensacola Harbor. They were using the intercoastal marker as their racing mark. When they rounded the mark and popped their spinnakers they headed straight across our path. We had to make a quick u-turn to give them right of way. When we thought they were all clear we returned to our original course. However, one boat got his spinnaker wrapped up and decided to turn around to try to reset it and again headed straight for us so we made another u turn. They all finally got clear and we were able to get back on track. At least it was entertaining watching them with their bright colorful sails. We usually know not to travel the ICW in Florida on a weekend during summer. However after spending 5 days in Panama City waiting for tropical storm Cindy to pass we were eager to start for home.
Gulf of Mexico
19 June 2017
We managed to dodge the thunderstorms in the gulf but a few came close. This one left us with a beautiful rainbow.
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