Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pensacola to Destin

We need our thermals for the 8:15 departure from the dock, by 9:15 we are back in the Gulf with calm seas and a HI sitting over us. Clear blue skies & for the next hour we are entertained by the Blue Angels as they practice their maneuvers. What a show! We were able to motor sail to start, but with the light winds we had to roll the sails up. Later in the afternoon the winds picked back up and we were able to sail again, it also warmed up so we were able to shed a few layers of clothes. Beautiful blue waters as we are coming into Destin. We had called ahead to check on the depth going in the entrance to Old Pass Lagoon and were relieved to hear it reported as 14 feet. We found it much lower but were still able to get in only finding one shoal that we were able to back right off of. We have found with sand you have to back off UN-like the mud in Galveston Bay that you can usually plow through. By 5 PM we are anchored, got the dinghy out to go for a cold wet ride around the lagoon. Not any visible / obvious dinghy docks & since we do not want to go to dinner wet & cold we dine on board. Wednesday = another beautiful day. Take it easy in the morning then after lunch take the dinghy over to the beach on the lagoon side & take a nice long walk down the beach on the gulf side. BEAUTIFUL white sand & blue water, put my feet in but too cold to go in any further. Back at the boat later in the day Steve fixes a fuel gage that is stuck on full, not an easy thing to get to OR to fix but he does it. We feel much better knowing the correct amount of fuel we have, still 3/4 full but we will be doing another long leg soon from Panama City to Clearwater so wanted to have an accurate reading. SEE PICTURES in two other blogs

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