Warning- live missile testing in the area of Choctawhatchee bay.
DID THE RADIO BROADCAST A WARNING OF “LIVE MISSILES?
The VHS message was garbled, but it sounded like a live missile testing zone?? We listened carefully and waited for a repeat of the message- felt better when we left the area safely. Apparently, this is a test area for the Navy. Tomahawks are launched from U.S. Navy surface ships or submarines our in the gulf.
Later I googled ‘Live missile testing in Panama City” and came across an April 2016 with the heading “ Navy Tomahawk missile goes down in Choctawhatchee Bay”. A routine flight 2900 pound test missile crashed into Choctawhatchee Bay – it didn’t carry explosive or radioactive material. It crashed into Hogtown Bayou in a “sparsely populated area”. It had been launched from a submarine in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Keys. What?? Sparse as in occasional looper boats??
WATCH FOR STUMPS AND DEAD HEADS MILE 250
Who comes up with these names? We passed Horseshoe Bayou, Coffeepot point, Devils Elbow…
The first 30 miles of the day went smooth- light winds and well-marked channels through the shallow lake. We entered the channel and it became a winding shallow path. At times we wondered it would have been better to take the outside route from Panama City to Port St Joe!
Soon met a shrimp boat, and the captain was kind to warn us to watch for stumps and deadheads in the upcoming miles.
He stated his prop must have hit one, and he was limping toward a repair facility. Out came the binoculars, and the stump watch began.
We spotted several logs, stumps, and downed trees but we were able to maneuver through them. Dave sent a text message back to the two boats a few miles behind us to let them know to be on the look out.
The water was full of debris, and the scenery is becoming more like everglades.
This lasted for about 10 miles! Kurt from the Enterprise renamed Devils Elbow as the Devils river.
The birds have taken over many of the channel markers!
Still trying for the elusive dolphin shot!
PORT ST JOE
Not knowing if Carrabelle had a grocery store; we decided to take a little side trip to Port St Joe for last minute provisioning. This took us 5miles south of the ICW; we poked out into the bay and found the marina easily. With the time change, dusk is hitting very early!
It is disconcerting to see derelict boats along the shores; makes you wonder what the rest of story might be.
There is a chance for a good deal on property…
Aside from the sunken boats; we also see rugged working boats. The fishermen, crabbers and working boats of the area are distinct from the tourism boats we saw earlier.
Today we covered 46 miles in 5 hours. And are in Eastern time zone. The temperature this morning was 56 degrees.