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This last week has been filled with the reality and wrath of what a hurricane can do. After Griff left last Saturday, we got back on the water again and headed down the ICW to Panama City. We knew from the news reports and from Loopers that had gone before us, that the destruction was pervasive in the big bend area. They were right. Our hearts just ached for the people of these communities as we motored by witnessing Michael's catastrophic path.
There are very few marina's open in this area and those that are, are limited in both slips and services. Between our desire to get to Carrabelle to get staged for the Gulf crossing and the conditions of this area, we moved thru quickly and got to Carrabelle on Tuesday morning.
Below are photos from the water as we passed thru Panama City, St. Andrews Bay, Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these communities as they rebuild and repair.
Tomorrow morning has been designated a "good" day to cross the gulf. We are leaving from Carrabelle and crossing over to Clearwater. It will be 180 miles in open water. We are praying that the waves, wind and weather cooperate and we have a mellow crossing.
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.