The morning of Tuesday, the 23rd we pulled out of Anclote Key to make the 140 mile (30-36 hour) crossing back to Carrabelle, but about 10 miles out we saw the Gulf pop with storms all over. We decided it wasn't worth the risk and turned around to go back in to Tarpon Springs. The upside of the delay was Dan would now be able to join us again for the crossing the next day (Wednesday) when the weather would hopefully be better. The weather was better . . . to begin with. But as the day went on and the evening arrived, the storms started to pop up on the radar again. Thank goodness for Serius Weather Radar connected to our GPS, it shows us real time weather radar, storm intensity, direction and speed. Using this information, we weaved in front of and behind the bulk of the storms. For the most part we dodged all the bad weather, but not the high seas and wind. We were heeled over as far as I can recall on the entire trip.
As the afternoon progressed the weather and seas continued to get better and better. We had resumed sailing once we knew we were clear of the storms and now the sailing was perfect in 15 knot winds and calming seas. By mid afternoon I was back up and functional. The night brought a nice sunset, beautiful stars with the Milky Way visible and then a rising almost full moon. A much better ending to our trip than previous 20 hours.