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Thursday, October 23, 2014

10/18/2014 to 10/22/2014 - Pensacola Palafox Marina

Pensacola is a great place to stop for awhile.  There is so much to do!  We have been riding our bikes to Joe Patti's for ice cream, steamed shrimp and salmon filets that we put on the grill.  What a life!  We also ride our bikes around downtown, to the bank, a great hometown hardware store, liquor store and out to eat at different places.  Riding to the grocery store is still on the list to come because we are out of milk and running low on carrots for Teak.

Notice - Josh and Ron have the same shirt on!

The Blue Angels are practicing for their upcoming show on November 7, 8 and 9th.  It's like our own little air show while sitting on our boat with a drink in hand! 

Josh has replaced some parts in the raw water pump that the Cummins dealer in California told him he needed to try to correct the overheating problem.  After the parts were installed, we took the boat out to see if it solved our problem, but it was a no go.  Back to the drawing board we go!  Josh has some more things that he can do before we start looking for a mechanic.

The US Coast Guard has brought in a big buoy tender and is in the process of turning it into a "haunted ship" for Halloween.  It will be open to the public starting tomorrow evening. 

We have met some really nice people on his trip.  Boaters are always friendly and love to share their experiences.  A beautiful, big (60+ ft!) Sabre power boat came in for the night, returning to Fort Lauderdale on the last leg of the Great Loop.  We asked them how they liked it and said that they enjoyed the Great Lakes but did not care for the rivers.  While coming down the Tenn-Tom, they encountered a lot of logs floating just under the surface that broke free from the bank during the recent heavy rains and subsequent strong river flow, making it hard to see them. Numerous boats were being hauled out for prop repair or replacement. A very co$tly encounter! Things happen for a reason so I guess it's a blessing that we did not explore the Tenn-Tom this time.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/17/2014 - Friday - Pensacola Palafox Marina Play Day

The guys started out the day with a trip to West Marine with harbormaster Ron. Around noon we all headed into town for lunch at what we were calling "The Trailer Park".  These are Airstream trailers that have been converted into food vendors on wheels to make a sort of permanent food court.

After lunch some of us walked around town for a while trying to find out about the festival that was taking place this evening.

Josh and I got our picture taken and received a free "Foo Foo" t-shirt.

There are cool bike racks all over town.

We all gathered on M/V Cambria for docktails and then headed off to the street festival.  Lots of booze, food and entertainment!

Friday, October 17, 2014

10/16/2014 - Thursday - The Wharf to Pensacola (Palafox Marina)

Today was a short day but we all decided to head out at 8:00 AM.  We were ready for a new place, new scenery and I was ready for a trip to Joe Patti's.  We will stay a week at the Palafox Marina then decide our next destination.

AGoode Ketch leaving The Wharf

M/V Cambria leaving

Here we go!

What a beautiful morning for our trip to Pensacola

Another marina on the route that we may check out on our way back.

Several boats anchored in a cove.

Dolphins running with our boat!

Beautiful white sand and clear water.  Life is good!!!!

M/V Cambria has a great view from their upper deck.

Joe Patti's here we come!

Josh and I enjoyed our steamed shrimp and coleslaw from Joe Patti's on our back deck.   Teak enjoyed her dinner too!!!!!!

10/13/2014 to 10/15/2014 - The Wharf

Happy hour on the dock watching the dolphins and boats go by!

Prime Rib Night and it was so good!!!!!!!

I think we are eating our way through this trip!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

10/12/2014 - Sunday - Play Day at The Wharf

Last night we all agreed to start getting our dinghies down at 10:00 AM.  As soon as we were all ready to go, we would head out to LuLu's for lunch. (Landlubber note: LuLu is Jimmy Buffett's sister) You can't come this way without having her world famous "Cheeseburger in Paradise"! Josh and I still think the same as the last time we did this - the burgers are OK, it's all about the ambiance.

Teak starts the day with her teeth cleaning!

Al ready for our dinghy ride!

Off we go to LuLu's!

Check out this enclosure!  Now that's a lot of sunbrella and isinglass!!!!

Al looks like he was preaching!  Father Waghorne prays "Please have fuel in my tanks and no water in my bilge!!!!!"

Happy hour on Al and Kay's boat!

Boating is all about what the weather will do and boat problems/repairs that arise.  Because of weather this time, it looks like we will be here until Thursday and then head east to Pensacola for a little while.  We will keep our eye on the river water levels and currents coming down the Tenn Tom and make our decision whether or not we can do that.