White City to Apalachicola
January 25th, 2012
We arrived in Apalachicola just after noon and decided to dock at the Apalachicola Municipal Marina. Their rates are very reasonable and they are located in a nice quiet spot with a pier and gazebo over looking Apalachicola Bay.
Once we were tied up and secure the first order of business was to search out a place for a nice cold beer and oysters. After all, Apalachicola is the oyster capital of the world. Logan’s only desire was for a plate full of french fries.
We decided on Papa Joe’s Oyster Bar and Grill and we were not disappointed. The food was fabulous and the prices were more reasonable than some of our other options.
After a late lunch we walked around downtown to scope out the area. There are lots of art galleries, gift shops and antique shops which may have utilized fitting shop fronts.
We stopped off at an ice cream shop, the Old Time Soda Fountain, for a cold treat. They make delicious vanilla malts. We finished our ice cream at the bay front watching the boats go by. Logan is camera shy so I usually can only get shots of the side or back of her head.
As we made our way back to the boat Logan spotted a BP gas station and asked to go in. It was her chance to finally get that Snickers bar she’s been craving. She was in heaven.
We settled in for the evening and caught up on some much needed rest. We woke to a fantastic sunrise.
A front moved through on the second evening in Apalachicola. We were under tornado watch and strong winds were predicted. It turned out not to be much of a storm at all. It just produced lots of rain.
In the picture below you can see how the black clouds have moved in around us with a bit of blue sky still showing in the distance.
Anytime a front moves through you can almost guarantee great weather behind it and that’s what we got. We had a clear sunny day to do more exploring in downtown Apalachicola.
During our 5 day stay we visited a couple of museums, walked through the botanical gardens, did some window shopping and became regulars at Papa Joe’s. We walked by the liquor store everyday to say hello to their mascot. A gigantic German Sheppard who’s only goal in life is to play tug a war with any passerby who was willing. Apalachicola is a very friendly town and certainly worth revisiting.
Our next destination is Carrabelle, FL where we will wait for a good weather window to make a gulf crossing over to Steinhatchee, FL.