I should have known.
I was unable to reach Old Geezer and Dan this morning. It seems that they were out of range, since they cast off early this morning to explore St. Joe Bay and take bottom samples.
There was swell, chop, spray, and the odd wave into the cockpit as the intrepid team explored the peninsula, managing to stay off the sand from time to time. Two other sailboats were out, and a few fishermen. Reefed main and lapper were the order of the day. Near shore, several squirrels were sighted, and I suspect they had been blown out of the trees. It was windy in the panhandle today.
Plans have been made for an early morning departure from the good folks at St. Joe Marina. The route will take our smallcrafters back up the Gulf County Canal to the IC, where they will take a military left and head for East Bay.
We’ll be out of touch for a time tommorrow, but will attempt to link up at scheduled intervals. The plan is to press for Pitts Bayou or Bonita Bay, both just west of the DuPont Bridge, and hard by Tyndall Air Force Base. Just in case conditions aren’t right, we’ve reviewed several places to duck in, either for a break or for the night.
Our intrepid Expeditionary Force can get out there and mix it up with the elements, but the beauty of being small, shoal, and shippy is that wonderful ability to tuck into small places and wait. That tactile depth finder is a plus, too.
I made sure Dan has plenty of bananas for the next leg, and we made plans to link up on the water. More on that later. For now, look at the map of St. Joe Bay, and you’ll see several dark indentations in the light colored bottom. I’m not sure that Dan made all of them, but I’m sure he made a lasting impression on the bay.
Regarding maps: The one that looks like Batman’s cape is Dan’s Estimated route today. The other is his planned route tommorrow.