Apalachicola Florida is a really special place. It reminds me of what the US must’ve looked like in the 1930’s. We’ve walked and boated around the town and spent a lot of time with local people and visitors. I have yet to see any chain store, fast food restaurant or even a lit sign. We love it here.
Apalach, as the locals call it, sits at the feed of two rivers that come into the gulf behind breakers far out in the gulf. It is really know for it’s Oysters (Apalach Oysters) but they have been mostly gone since the BP oil spill. I was told that the chemical that was spread to stop the spill killed off the shells. The spill didn’t affect this area and it was spread out as a precaution. Apparently the oyster business is on the mend and this place will be thriving again in 6-7 years after re-growth occurs.
I heard great things about this place but I really had no idea until I could set foot on dry land. The city is about 2200 people or so and the entire county of Franklin is only 3500, which covers some vacation areas where people claim residence but don’t really reside. It is a sleepy little place with warm and friendly people. Fishing and oysters is the biggest business here and apparently this is the world’s largest producer of oysters.
There are mainly stop signs in town and just a few blinking red lights. No high rises or anything over three stories exists here. There are laws for that here. There are lots of shops and the food is unreal. We’ve eaten out most nights and we are in awe of this place. Aubrey loved collard greens when she tried them for the first time. Food is inexpensive, as are most things here. Boat fuel is $3.80, which is a good Florida on the water price. We paid $60 for a slip here. The Water Street Hotel and Marina is the largest hotel in the area and it has about 50 rooms and 15 boat slips that are mostly vacant. There is a pool for the kids and they are making the most out of it.
Raccoons love our boat and they had a party the first night we arrived. I stored Onyx’s food on the deck in a plastic container. The coons made fast work of it and apparently four of them had a hay day as people watched from their screened in porches. Coons brought out about 20,000 sugar ants and I had to spend about three hours cleaning and spraying off the boat. Such is the life of a boat captain. Onyx has been posted topside each night to prevent further outbursts from the local coons. It has worked so far.
We have taken advantage of the amazing sunsets and walked around sight seeing and taking evening dinghy rides to capture post card quality photography. We found the bone yard of boats up the creek last night and Aubrey really out did herself.
The kids are catching fish like little otters and taking spare tome to explore, find crabs, grasshoppers and sit on time out. That happens a lot but they are trying to go coast to coast on timeouts at every fun place we visit. They are on course to reach their goal.
We planned to leave yesterday for Tampa on our next blue water crossing but weather and high seas prevented us from moving. You wouldn’t know that the seas are 5-8 feet in the gulf from our dock and the sun is out now with the temperature at about 90. The heat index is high.
We plan to lay over until the day after tomorrow and set our course for Tampa Bay. The journey will take us into open water and it is 156 miles. We’ve been averaging 25-27 knots cruising speed. I feel confident in Miss Lone Star and I pray for our safe journey.