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.