January 19th, 2012
It was a bitter sweet departure leaving our family and friends behind to begin our adventure on the water. They were all a huge part of making this happen from offering storage space for the few belongings that we didn’t sale to lending a hand with boat maintenance in preparation for the voyage.
We didn’t sleep well the two nights leading up to departure. This is a day we’ve looked forward to for years and it was finally happening. Even though everything on our “To Do List” was finally checked off it still left us wondering if we had forgotten something or if there were things that we hadn’t thought of.
Our friends at Palm Harbor Marina were kind enough to come out Wednesday morning to wish us well and take pictures and video of our departure.
As we entered Pensacola Bay we spotted the U.S. Coast Guard practicing some sort of maneuvers. We also had three dolphins swim at our bow for a moment as if to wish us fair winds, but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture them.
The Captain has settled in comfortably and is quite happy if you can’t tell.
Although the Bay was a little choppier than we expected it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.
After 10 long hours we made it to our destination. We anchored at Joe’s Bayou in Destin Florida. It was late so we grilled up some hot dogs, kicked back and watched Captain Ron.
We also had some very curious pelicans come up to check us out.
What an amazing adventure…!!!! I pray you have a safe journey…May God watch over you and keep you safe… love u bunches, Aunt Faye and PawPaw
Wait, you said you watched Captain Ron, did Red hide on the boat and go with ya’ll. HAHA. Our best wishes to ya’ll. Be safe, and we love ya’ll.
Y’all have a great time! Praying for y’all to have a safe journey! Keep us updated!
Yay! Happy day. Let us know if you get near Sarasota. Coy is there on our boat while I’m temporarily back in Pensacola for my job. I’ll be back in Sarasota the beginning of February and then we will be heading further south. Fair winds and most of all — have fun!!!!
Remember, “if ya get lost, just pull in somewhere and ask for directions!” ;-)
Good luck you guys. So glad to see that you took the leap! Have the best time ever and we hope to someday cross paths. Till then, we’ll be following you here.