Sunday, November 6, 2016

11/06 Along Santa Rosa Sound to Fort Walton Beach, FL

The day was definitely cooler as we pulled out of Pensacola.  The sun was warm but the breeze was strong.  On the fly bridge, it would warm up with the eisenglass down but cool off the minute we opened it. 

Our goal was Fort Walton Beach.  We cruised along the Santa Rosa Sound.  Santa Rosa Island is the barrier island.  It is part of the Gulf Island National Seashore.  The sands are so white on the island.
We saw many dolphin frolicking in the sound.  The panhandle is not as populated as the rest of the state, although we did see some big houses.

From Santa Rosa Island rose this huge military radar.  I have never seen a radar so large.

We arrived at the Fort Walton City Docks about 1 p.m.  These docks are free and have a free self serve pump out.  Duane and Diane from Diva Di were already here and came out to catch our lines.  We reciprocated when the crew of Seven Tenths arrived.  Their boat is named for the 7/10ths of the world that is water.

A Publix was just up the road, so off I went.  I was in the mood for salami and good Italian bread and found it there.

At 5 p.m., we hosted docktails on the fly bridge.  Diva Di has guests on board and this was their first docktails.  I think they had fun.

Lat 30 degrees 24.10 North
Long 86 degrees 36.40 West

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