When you leave Port Saint Joe you just go about 2 miles to enter a 5 mile long Gulf County Canal that connects to the ICW to Apalachicola. Just about 15 minutes into the channel I spotted these two Bald Eagles just sitting up on the Bank. I hollered out to the Admiral and stopped the boat. She got a lot of good pics of these two. From then on she was on high alert all the way to Apalachicola, she did see one more juvenile eagle. She also kept a sharp look out for Gators as we knew they were all around us but would be hard to spot.
Once into the ICW it was a pine tree lined channel with lots of Kingfishers flying about but they would not sit still long enough to get a shot.
This is the entrance to Lake Wimico, a very shallow lake so you have to stay vigilant and stay in the channel.
This must be sometimes Island at Lake Wimico.
As we neared Apalachicola she spotted this Osprey nest. I had to slow down and circle several times here.
I called the Scipio Creek Marina, which is of course located on Scipio Creek just off the Apalachicola River for instructions on where to tie up. She said just find the white PVC pilings and tie up there. So we were glad to find our cruising acquaintances we met in Panama City there and tied up just behind them. But this was to close to the fuel dock so we had to move to another spot.
This is looking down Scipio creek beyond the marina.
I managed to back into this spot (not an easy feat on WS). We heard one of the best places to eat Apalachicola Oysters was at Papa Joe's but they were closed on Sundays.
These Night Herrings and other birds kept the Admiral entertained all afternoon. We had never seen them roost like this on a old crane barge. Uually the night herrings are tucked into the reeds.
Day 69 Port Saint Joe to Apalachicola Scipio Creek Marina
Underway 4:0 hrs, 27.6, Avg speed 5.7s. , 37-65 degrees, Sunny 10-15 NE winds.