Category Archives: Places

Tarpon Springs

We cruised up the Anclote River to Tarpon Spring on Saturday morning, like tourists driving the wrong way on a one way street.  Weekend fisherman and rental boats filled the channel with competing wakes, racing out into the open waters … Continue reading

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Apalachicola

After Sandestin, Panama City was like an over priced motel on the road to Apalachicola.  We stayed comfortably at Treasure Island Marina, tucked up in the Grand Lagoon with the only other marinas that survived Hurricane Michael.  A nearby dog … Continue reading

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The Emerald Coast

After an 11 day stay, we finally left The Wharf in Orange Beach on Dec 14, for a 25 nautical mile run to Pensacola. This was our first leg traveling with other Loopers – the boats Golden Daze, About Time, … Continue reading

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Sweet Alabama

We left Biloxi at sunrise, traveling the channel behind Deer Island back into the Mississippi Sound.  The channel leads from Biloxi Bay out to the Sound and Intracoastal Waterway, which runs inside the barrier islands a few miles off the … Continue reading

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Mississippi

We left Seabrook Marina in NOLA at sunrise, pointing our bow north into Lake Pontchartrain.  As usual, our timing was weather driven, as we tried to tuck in behind a weak squall line moving east ahead of us. We were … Continue reading

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Lousiana #4 – The Big Easy

We left Houma just before sunrise on Saturday for the challenging leg through New Orleans.  Thoughts of this leg frayed our nerves before we even left Houston – especially Dawn’s, since she was our designated line handler through the locks. … Continue reading

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Deep Louisiana (#3)

Louisiana is most unique among states.  Alaska probably comes close, but I’ve not been there yet, so it doesn’t count.  Cajun, Creole, and Coon-ass all belong to Louisiana – nowhere else.  Red beans & rice, boudin, and gumbo belong to … Continue reading

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Calcasieu, or Louisiana 2

The Calcasieu would be our first encounter with locks.  Along the GIWW, the locks are made to fit the large barges creeping all over the gulf coast. This one is almost 1/4 mile long.  They serve more to control saltwater … Continue reading

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Louisiana 1

Just as we dropped anchor in the lovely Shell Island anchorage, we lost all DC power on the boat. Some may have solved this in 10 minutes; for me, it was a couple hours. Root causes are nice to know, … Continue reading

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The Journey Begins

Somewhere in the ether is a draft posting, which tried to capture the activity and emotions of the last few days before our departure.  Those days were so stressful that I probably deleted the post accidentally.  There were multiple trips … Continue reading

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