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In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Friday, 9 November 2012

ICW (2) Pensacola - Panama City

( A few pictures I had forgotten to post on previous blogs)

Sunrise - Mobile Bay

A shrimp boat on Mobile Bay

Lulu's ; a famous landmark on the ICW. The eatery belongs to
Jimmy Buffet's ( Margaritaville) sister.
Pensacola to Panama City (7-9 November 2012)

After spending a couple of days at the Navy Base Marina in Pensacola, we continued on the ICW.

Santa Rosa Island

Part of Santa Rosa in used by the US mil. for training
A radar tower that reminded Gary of the Tripods from the movie
War of the World

Our first stop was a free dock at Fort Walton near Destin. This gorgeous area is named the Emerald Coast.

The next day we crossed Choctawhatchee Bay and after a fruitless search for an anchorage we decided to carry on to West Bay where we anchored in beautiful Burnt Mill Creek.
Jessie watching a little duckie swim away from under the swim platform.
THE same duck scared the poop out of Gary when  he bent down to
rinse his hands in the water, unaware of the duck hiding under the swim platform.
Gary thought it was a monster from the deep coming out to grab his hand.
(An alligator or a mutant dolphin ha-ha)

The following morning we did the short jump to Panama City and anchored in Messalina Bayou, a nicely protected spot near the very popular Bayou Joe’s.
Everything underwater is covered with these Oysters

Bayou Joe's

The Place the name of a popular local spot
where we had lunch.

If you look carefully you will see tons of little fishies. I thought they looked like little
sharkes swimming around in the marina in Panama City.
it tuns out they are "Lady Fish" and there must have been 200 or more each about 14-16 " long.

Massilina Bayou Anchorage

US Coast Guard patrol boat - St Andrews Bay

Even though the days are warm and sunny the nights and mornings are darn right chilly and I am now eager to get further south.

Ever since we have entered the Gulf waters I have tried to get the perfect photo of a dolphin and as of yet, I have had no luck. But that doesn't mean I am not going to keep trying and here are some I have posted for you to enjoy …..NOTHING beats the excitement of spotting them as they torpedo towards the boat and then disappear. We were told you could call them and Gary has started to whistle to them, as soon as we spot them, he lets out a loud whistle and that really seems to attract them (or is it just wishful thinking on my behalf?)

The best one so far.

We keep pinching ourselves and we never take a thing for granted. We are very lucky to be living this life and we appreciate every gorgeous sunset and every beautiful sunrise.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as I have tried to post a few more this time. They do speak so much louder than words.

………………….to be continued.


  1. Hey you.... I am very happy for you guys. Have you decided whether to go through Lake Okeechobee?
    I think you guys will find it very boring now that you've experienced the ocean/waterway. Going round the Keys will be an experience you will never forget..
    Safe travels....V&I

  2. LOve the pics! Do you miss us yet???