It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been back in Louisiana for a year already. We are docked in a small marina located on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, LA, just North of New Orleans. We have a lot of catching up to do on our blog, but for now we will share some highlights of our trip moving the new boat from St. Petersburg, FL to Madisonville, LA in July of 2013.
Our first move was a short 10 miles from the boat yard in St. Petersburg, FL, where we purchased the boat, to a marina/resort in Ruskin, FL. We spent a month in Ruskin making final preparations for our voyage to Louisiana where we plan to spend 2 years of refurbishing.
With everything in shipshape, we made our departure and began our 600 nautical mile journey home. We traveled 50 nautical miles (10 hours) North to Tarpon Springs, FL.
We stayed in Tarpon Springs for a week to bask in the Greek culture and abundance of Greek restaurants. Our 16 year old nephew Tyler, from Louisiana, joined us in Tarpon Springs to take part in the adventure.
We left Tarpon Springs, FL and traveled 70 nautical miles North (17 hrs.) to Steinhatchee, FL. We stayed in Steinhatchee for over a week waiting for bad weather to pass before making our Gulf crossing to the Florida Panhandle (Carrabelle, FL). With nothing but time to kill we sought out sources of entertainment while waiting out the weather.
Once the worst of the weather was past us, we untied the lines and crossed the Gulf of Mexico to Carabelle, FL and anchored at Dog Island. You can only get to Dog Island by boat so we stayed here a couple of nights to savor the tranquility.
From here we made a short hop to the West to Apalachicola, FL where we spent a couple of days feasting on the best oysters in the world. Tyler had his first raw oyster and if you can’t tell by the face, he wasn’t impressed.
Our next stop was Panama City, FL. We hung out at the Panama City Marina for a couple of days and enjoyed some good laughs and great sunsets.
After catching up on emails and provisioning in Panama City we set off for Pensacola. We caught up with some friends for the air show while anchored in Little Sabine near Pensacola beach.
From there we made our way to The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, AL. Food and Entertainment here is limitless.
After a couple of nights of fun at The Wharf we made our way to Biloxi, MS, our last stop before arriving at our final destination.
Boating is not always glamorous. It sometimes requires you to scrub bird droppings off of the deck at 6:00 am.
However, these unexpected dirty jobs often pay off in the end. We were rewarded with perfect weather while crossing the Mississippi Sound from Biloxi, MS to Louisiana.
The historic Madisonville Lighthouse marks the mouth of the Tchefuncte River at Lake Ponchatrain. It lets us know that we’ve made it home, bringing our cruising to an end (for now).
We love Madisonville and the scenic Tchefuncte River that runs through it. We’ve called it home for many years and we will enjoy our time here while refurbishing “Latitude” as we anxiously await our next adventure.