We spent the night at Orange Beach Marina which was rated the #1 “big marina” (and it wasn’t that big) in Alabama or something like that.
Nice place, nice people and lots of great boat watching. “We” had previously been impressed by those 80mph bass boats we saw on the river…. a 21’ boat with a 250hp motor. Something to get the good ‘ol boys to their favorite fishing hole at pace. Well things are dramatically different now! Those little things would get blasted to pieces out in the gulf, but wouldn’t you know “Billy Bob” has the saltwater equivalent and these things are spectacular.
We got up today with a plan to go about 25 miles to the Palafox Marina in Pensacola. It was sunny and there was remarkably little boat traffic for a Saturday. A thinking person might have asked…. why aren’t these enormous Hatteras and Vikings going out today?
N did sort of wonder, but wrote it off to everyone wanting to watch the Alabama game on TV. We didn’t care as N had watched the Huskies beat Colorado the night before (he’s re-started some cautious trash talking with ‘bama fans, but they don’t seem the slightest bit concerned). Anyway, off we went in our little 30’ Bayliner for a peaceful cruise up the well protected Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW)…. NOT.
Whoa, we ran into some big water! I would say we got into 5’ waves at certain points. We had spray coming over the top of the fly bridge, but we slowed down (a bit!) and powered through. Our sister boat (it’s called Panacea so we’ll use that from now on) wanted to turnaround at one point and then later called the Pensacola Naval Station for permission to come onto one of their docks, but N coaxed Panacea on to the goal counting down the distance over the radio and all was good.
So, we’ve officially arrived in Florida!
We’re still heading east before turning south, but will hang out in Pensacola for a few days as the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse. Indeed, we’re rockin’ at the dock as I write this.