It's been 1 1/2 yrs. since we last sailed Aventura out into the Gulf of Mexico! Not by choice. My beloved mother fell ill and passed away. Then the estate settlement issues, etc., etc. A sad time for sure.
But now the sirens are calling. Mike has installed a new set of solar panels. We have the foldable bikes, kayaks and snorkeling gear. Food and beverages in the pantry and a sense of urgency to explore once more the northern Gulf and its many nooks and crannies!
We'll try to reach some part of the western coast of the Florida peninsular this time. From New Orleans, our home port. Can we? Six weeks should be enough to work the weather and other variables. Any number of possible stops from New Orleans heading East.
The Mississippi Barrier Islands: Cat, Ship, Horn and Petit Bois.
Marinas along the Mississippi coast: Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, and Biloxi.
Dauphin Is., Alabama. Along the Alabama Canal (ICW inland): Wolf River, Ingram Bayou, Big Lagoon.
Palafox Marina, Pensacola, Florida -- a must.
Destin Harbor, Florida Panhandle. Also: St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, Port St. Joe, ICW from Port St. Joe to Apalachicola, inland and pristine, and Carrabelle. That's as far as we've gotten.
Looking towards new horizons on Florida's western coast: Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Tampa region.....