Friday, January 12, 2007

Updates for Jan 9, 10 & 12

January 9, 2007
Happy Birthday Ben!
We set sail (YES!SAIL) out of Pennsacola today. It was a fantastic day of sailing down the Bay and then into Santa Rosa Sound. The wind was at our backs the whole day. It felt great to finally glide along at 5 knots with no engine running.
We stopped at Ft. Walton Beach for the night. The marina was just in the process of recovering from Hurricane Ivan (2004?) and had only minimal facilities, but still had the nerve to charge a premium rate for overnight. We decided to move on in the morning.

January 10, 2007
We traveled another 15 miles or so to Sandestin Resort. This is a really neat place. It is a huge resort, 2400 acres, about 8 hotels, 63 holes of golf, a marina, tennis courts, etc. The highlight is Baytowne Village, a collection of shops and restaurants right on the resort property. We decided to stay 2 nights here so we could sample the wares at the various shops. We had gelato, jambalaya, etc. all very good. If you're ever in the market for a neat place to spend a week, put this place on your list.

January 12, 2007
We're trying to catch up to our friends Sandy and Billy on "Misconception." They've made it all the way to Carrabelle and are waiting for a weather window across the Gulf. Today, we made it to Panama City. About half of the trip was in "the ditch" (Bev doesn't like the handle "ditch" but it's what the locals call it so that's what I wrote) and the other half on bays, but the wind and current were both "on the nose" today so we motored it. We are staying at the Sun Harbor Marina and are going to see a Buffettesque band called "Endless Summer" and the bar here. Bev gets to drink free (ladies' night) so I guess I'll have to stay sober to make sure she gets back on the boat safely. (Bev thinks I'm such a gentleman - her don't know me bery well, do her?)
We saw more dolphins today, but they wouldn't hold still to have their picture taken.

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