We liked Apalachicola!

So two plus weeks on the coast of Florida’s panhandle in Apalachicola waiting, waiting, waiting for a crossing to Dunedin? What to do?

Staying on the boat all day was not an option. The wind, waves, rain and cold made it rocky, wet and uncomfortable so I gathered up my husband or various of my Looper friends and my umbrella and went to the museums and window shopping. We ate gelato and drank coffee. I even had a drink that involved Gelato with espresso. That was good! We ate scones, Greek wedding cookies and chocolate.

We walked to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store a few times, went to the Napa Store for parts and ate oysters, shrimp, scallops and turkey.

We watched the Christmas decorations going up and that was a bit strange. Did I mention Santa came to see the children on a shrimp boat and the Christmas tree is made from a fishing net and cork fishing floats.

We watched the crab fisherman check his traps near our boat every three days with his pelican entourage.

Most frequently I chatted with the locals. These are the ones I remember. There were many more.

  • Dale at the bookstore; she was stuck at Nassau for five weeks owing to wind
  • Jennifer and Jill at the soap store and gift shop
  • Cass who was our yoga instructor and Mary Beth and Debbie attended with beautiful accents
  • Jimmy and Jeff were our dock masters at  Appalachicola Marina Inc. Jimmy hunts deer with dogs.
  • Nedra and Jessica were our hotel receptionists at the Water Street Hotel and Marina
  • Ted toured us around at the Maritime Museum. He let Roger use his wood working tools.
  • Sarah who showed us the Raney House Museum. She told us that Carolines has a chef, so I picked it for Thanksgiving.
  • Mike who worked at the Orman House Museum
  • Alannah hostessed at our Thanksgiving Dinner which I organized for 26 of us
  • George owned and Terry ran the Coffee and Chocolate Company. George is Greek and Terry lives on St. George’s Island.

We also had docktails regularly with the Loopers and plotted and planned when we could make our crossing safely to Dunedin.

Here are some of the quaint buildings and boats we saw in no particular order.

Old oyster warehouses.

Old oyster warehouses.

Boss Oyster Restaurant

Boss Oyster Restaurant

Thanksgiving dinner location.

Thanksgiving dinner location.

Quaint house on stilts on coast.

Quaint house on stilts on coast.

Boarded up jail.

Boarded up jail.

Local home downtown.

Local home downtown.

View of downtown.

View of downtown.

Appalachicola book store.

Apalachicola book store.

Christmas tree on Apalachicola River in town.

Christmas tree on Apalachicola River in town.

Where to buy fresh shrimp.

Where to buy fresh shrimp.

Palm trees.

Palm trees.

River side of Water Street Marina.

River side of Water Street Marina.

Shrimp boat going out past our boat.

Shrimp boat going out past our boat.

Front door of Water Street Marina with cat.

Front door of Water Street Marina with cat.

Old store near marina.

Old store near marina.

Old liquor store.

Old liquor store.

River side of old oyster warehouse on Apalachicola River.

River side of old oyster warehouse on Apalachicola River.

House boat with Manatee sign.

House boat with Manatee sign.

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Houseboat rentals on Apalachicola River.

 

Shrimp boat.

Fishing boat.

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Working boats.

 

TA TA tied up at Apalachicola Marina Inc.

TA TA tied up at Apalachicola Marina Inc.

Palm trees everywhere.

Palm trees everywhere.

Machine to spin and clean oysters.

Machine to spin and clean oysters.

Old building converted to hotel and restaurant.

Old building converted to hotel and restaurant.

Street side of Apalachicola Marina Inc.

Street side of Apalachicola Marina Inc.

Cool palm trees.

Cool palm trees.

The building was the laundry at one time.

The building was the laundry at one time.

Historic consulate building converted to shops and apartments.

Historic building converted to shops and apartments.

Sign at park.

Sign at park “When the River was King.”

View of Apalachicola River from the park.

View of Apalachicola River from the park.

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3 thoughts on “We liked Apalachicola!

  1. Hello: We wish we were there with you guys! We enjoy reading your story from time to time. Not to much as it makes us feel like we need to be in Mexico. We see the nice blue skies there. Weather has been good here for 100 Mile House. The 1.5ft of snow has melted and we had a week and half of no snow and in the pluses. I did not find the last spot in your blog we I left a comment, I will get it forwarded to our email this time. I was saying to Laura, that you two will never be the same after you have completed this trip. You will always want more. we are that way. We even miss our Christmas in Mexico, it was so simple no big fuss like here in Canada. Hope you have a good Christmas and a Happy New year from our family.

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