At 1100hrs today, Sunday 05-04-2008, we left our dock in Gulf Breeze to begin our journey. This will be up the east coast ???? with many stops along the way. Our first stop was to anchor s/e of the Choctawhatchee Bridge at mile 250. The weather was good and the bay, while frisky, was a following sea. Getting reacquainted with all the sounds and motions and learning not to stress out. Only bumped into each other a couple of times ... once resulted in an explosive spill of balsamic vinegar (generic so it's ok). The first of many I'm sure. Such is the beginning of good, great, sad and frightening times - all will be a great adventure for us.
|Wilma's picture of Joe taking a picture of Wilma|
He does enjoy all the time in close contact with us, as his regular perch is on the navigator seat next to Punk.
Cabbage Key is a small island with a restaurant and some cottages for rent and is only accessible by water. The restaurant is somewhat famous because of the décor. The story goes that sailors would stop for a beer and leave a dollar on the wall to assure that they could get a beer on their way back. The walls and ceiling are now covered with dollar bills – they estimate $50,000. They give you a marker to write on your dollar and some masking tape to put it up. Every year about $12,000. falls off – masking tape being what it is and the restaurant being pretty much open-air. They donate whatever falls to a children’s charity. The dining room we sat in is on the back side of the restaurant, not facing the water. The vegetation on the island is thick and it felt like being in a tree- house – all around a pleasant experience except for our server. That’s two restaurants in a row – we may have to quit eating out. At least Joe doesn’t have to tip the surly waitress at home!