Thursday, June 26, 2008
A day on the water
After all the work around the house a day of rest and fun was in order. Finding a day free of threats of thunderstorms, we headed to the Air Base Marina and rented a pontoon boat for a cruise on the inland waters from Fort Walton Beach to Destin with a planned stop at the locally famous island (sand bar) called Crab Island. This place can be quite crazy on weekends, but was relatively quiet on this Tuesday.
It was a bright and warm day with a light breeze. There was plenty to look at along the way including empty barrier islands where you could land and enjoy the quiet, gawking at the multimillion dollar homes on the shoreline and the excitement of the entertainment district of Destin. Also evident was the destruction from several hurricanes in the last few years, with a good number of small vessels still resting where the storm deposited them.
We made it to Crab Island without incident and anchored and enjoyed a pleasant lunch admiring the clear green waters. We even managed to flag down the ice cream boat for a refreshing desert. There were rays, fish and nettles to watch while eating. Heather ventured in the water briefly, but the steady stream of nettles (jelly fish) drifting by made this a short lived adventure.
On the return, Heather handled the controls and navigation and we cranked the engine up to see what it would do. This is a lot different than sailing, but still fun.