Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Joe and I decided to sleep in this morning and not go to any of the Black Friday sales, ha-ha!  When we got up, it was another beautiful Florida day with bright sunshine although the temperature was in the 50s.  By afternoon, the temperature was in the low 70s.  Have I mentioned how much I love being retired?  And being in Florida??
I happened to be on the Panama City website this morning and discovered that there's a lighted boat parade tomorrow night so we changed our plan to leave for Apalachicola tomorrow morning and will stay until Sunday.  Many other cities on the Florida coasts have similar events this weekend.  I've always wanted to see one; actually I've always wanted to be IN one, but it's not going to happen this year since participating boats have to be pre-registered and anyway, we don't have any Christmas lights for decorating.

We made a trip into Panama City and went to Bayou Joe's again, but this time 
a passenger ferry came into the channel and

pulled right up to the restaurant as one of the servers slid the windscreen open

and passengers could walk right in if they wanted to.  It was hilarious!

This boat pulled up on another side and the family stepped right in and sat down at the table in front of the boat.

 Oooooo, and look who we ran into while we were walking around in town; I LOVE those guys! 

We were surprised to see this boat from Minnesota; Joe used to see it on the St Croix and the elderly owner (who apparently travels by himself) would occasionally come into the post office when Joe was working there.  We were told by Minnesota Loopers Ken & Pat (m/v 20 Buck$), who were also at Bayou Joe's today, that for the last couple of years he's been spending his summers in Red Wing.  It's hard to imagine making the trip from Minnesota to Florida alone in a boat that size...

Coming back from town, we made a little side trip up Smack Bayou and took this shot of Paradise.  It looks like we're right in front of Panama city, but we're way across the channel from it.

When we got back we sat on the aft deck and enjoyed the sunset.

I hope tomorrow night I'll be able to post some good photos of the parade of boats with their lights.

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