Hey blog followers,
Sorry for the delayed follow-up to the Gulf Crossing note from Thursday night.
It has been a world-wind weekend.
After crossing the Gulf Thursday night/Friday morning, we were exhausted, crashed Friday night, and Saturday morning welcomed Jonell’s cousin Anita Cook & husband Rich from Clarkston Michigan onto the SS Gettin’ Looped. In addition to being Jonell’s cousin, Rich & Anita are among the group of our local boater pals from metro Detroit. They arrived Saturday morning and will spend the week with us as we travel to Fort Myers Beach.
I want to start by thanking all of you who either made a comment on the blog, or sent an email, sent a text, or called before we crossed the Gulf of Mexico & tracked our progress while crossing !
The best part of the Great Loop Trip has been knowing that all of our friends & family are watching over us.
Here is our Summary of the Gulf of Mexico Crossing
Serenity – the quietness of hearing only the sound of the motors & boat wake
Dolphins – following us out of Carrabelle & welcoming us into Clearwater
Sunset – Spectacular (see attached pics)
Moon Light / Stars – We had clear skies until about 3am, the moon lit up the water nicely
Moon Set – Very nice, not as cool as the Sunset
Darkness – Eerie feeling after the clouds covered the moon, very dark
Isolation – Only saw 2 vessels during the entire Gulf crossing, 1 Tow/Barge (10pm) & 1 Fishing boat (2am).
Sunrise – As sweet as the Sunset, wild cloud formations (see attached pics)
Almost There – the euphoria of the tall buildings entering Clearwater after 20 hours.
Achievement – Accomplishing something that we had spent many nights thinking about.
At about 3am in the morning, in very dark conditions, with only the noise of the motors & wake , while Jonell was sleeping – I had almost a euphoric feeling and felt as alive as I have ever felt in my life.
Left Carrabelle 4pm
Arrived @ Clearwater & tied up by 12 noon
141 gallons fuel (very low for Gettin’ Looped, pretty efficient at 8-9mph, 1.25mpg )
Only two, 1-hour sleep sessions each for Jonell & I
Videos (go for the ride, click on Links in red)
1. Video #1 “Leaving Carrabelle” – Cancelled, not much info, cutting room floor !
2. Red Can #2 Entry into the Gulf of Mexico = https://youtu.be/KrKXjX8UMxA
2. Sunset = https://youtu.be/u5b2fevVqfE
3. 10pm Bow Ride = https://youtu.be/oY-BTGKMEGE
4. Midnight – Aft Deck = https://youtu.be/I7TPm1GhrOU
5. 7am Sunrise = https://youtu.be/RRT4WhhT7Kk
Crab Pot Nets – we were told they were a big deal, but they were not really a big deal for us, we had to steer around about 25 nets. They can be a little difficult to see with sun glare. You don’t want the line in your props.
Our GPS Tracker Path – I love looking at this !
We landed in Clearwater Florida on Friday afternoon about 12 noon, we have since traveled to Sarasota with Jonell’s cousin Anita Cook & 1st mate Rich from Clarkston Michigan. Rich & Anita will be with us for the week, traveling from Clearwater to Sarasota to TBD to Fort Myers Beach. We will then bed down for December at the Pink Shell Marina Resort in Fort Myers Beach – more to come on the next post.