It was a plain day...
22 January 2008 | Moorings Marina- Carrabelle
Day 10 - Monday, 1-21-08 - Carrabelle
My brother once wrote in his diary, "It was a plain day, we played running." Well, Monday was just a plain day, with the guys making a hardware run for a water hose, batteries and some fasteners while the gals visited the local IGA for provisioning.
Jean and Sara did visit Carrabelle's World War II Museum and learned about the amphibious training at Camp Gordon Johnston here that housed as many as 44,000 soldiers during WW II. A small number of German and Italian POW's were also interned at the Camp. Sara and Jean saw examples of wooden wardrobes and vests (made of Army blankets) constructed by the POW's during their internment. The soldiers lived in tar paper shacks with sand floors. These conditions, along with rattlesnakes and sand fleas, led to the reported remark that the soldiers would just as soon go to war as stay here.
The gals bought a huge bag of books at the used book store for $10 and Jean's winsome ways got them each a double scoop of ice cream at Carrabelle Junction for the price of a single scoop. Ah, the simple pleasures!
Wednesday, the 22nd, is our anticipated Gulf crossing to Clearwater Beach. Gerry entered the Clearwater Pass waypoint into the chart plotter and verified our paper chart course of 148 nm on a bearing of 142 M (magnetic). If we can average 5 kts, we should be able to make the crossing in about 30 hours. We'll be met in Clearwater by Roger's brother and his wife, Dave and Martha, and spend a couple of days with them in the Tampa Bay area.
We plan to loose our moorings at about 6 am and will be followed at about 7 am by two motor vessels (one with a washer and dryer on board!), with home ports of Vermilion, OH and Houston, TX, currently moored aft of us in the Marina. They probably cruise at 8-10 kts compared to our 5-6 kts, so they'll catch us somewhere along the way. NW winds at 5-10 kts are forecast, which are not ideal for sailing a rhumb line course but should make for relatively flat seas. (RKS)