Thursday, March 16th began with a long inland section of the Gulf ICW. Much of the channel cut through existing shallow waterways and swampland. Apparently, it’s not uncommon for people to live aboard, and sometimes abandon, old boats in the side creeks.
We exited Lake Wimico on the Jackson River, which flows into the Apalachicola River.
The boundary between Eastern and Central time runs along the ICW, then the Jackson and Apalachicola Rivers. Our chartplotter and cell phones were all set to automatically switch between zones. During this stretch, we never really knew what time it was or which device to believe.
The last scrap of land that could offer protection from open Gulf was Dog Island, off Carrabelle, Fl. The guides showed a good anchorage right off the tip of the island, in open water (the green dot in the upper right.)
This didn’t look like a very good anchorage until the same display was switched to “satellite” view. It then becomes apparent that the island has expanded since the chart was updated. That same spot is now a protected cove.
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