November 23, 2015 – Monday – Homeport Marina to Sabine Marina – 35.3 statute miles traveled

We traveled the GICW through Wolf Bay, Perdido Bay and across Pensacola Bay to Santa Rosa Bay. There we pulled into the Sabine Marina in Little Sabine Bay on the barrier island of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is a 50 mile long island that is about a quarter of a mile wide.

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Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

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Pensacola Sound

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Gulf Coast Barrier Island from the Intracoastal Waterway

Dock facilities here were marginal but with pilings in the middle to tie to so we could hold the boat off the dock it was satisfactory. We did have to climb over the rail on the bow in order to step onto a very short finger pier. Showers were in the bathroom of a bar on the premises.

After getting settled we all went for a walk across the island to the gulf shore. This was our first time to be on a gulf beach on this trip. This beach goes on forever and is very wide with white powder sand. Very nice.

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Vicki’s first chance, on this trip, to dip her toes in the Gulf of Mexico 

We walked the beach for awhile and then returned via the commercial section on the main road down the center of the island. Vicki decided she needed a foofoo coffee fix so we asked around and discovered the Drowsy Poet. A very nice coffee shop with a very friendly barista.

We spent chart hour on the bridge deck of Sea To See watching the sunset. Then headed across the highway to Hemmingway’s restaurant for dinner. By the time we returned to the boat it was in the lower 40s and was quite cold with the wind chill factor. The wind was still blowing 10-20 mph out of the east.

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Sunset from Sabine Marina in Little Sabine Bay south and east of Pensacola

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