September 5

Yes, I'm aware that there is a hurricane heading towards Florida. Yes, I know it's already a category 5. Yes, I am doing something about it. These are the answers to the most popular questions I have been getting lately. I knew going into this trip that I would be paddling in Florida during the hottest months and during hurricane season. The heat has been real for a while now. After the aftermath of Harvey and now they threat of Irma, hurricane season is real. It just so happened to worked out that my planned break is falling during when Irma is supposed to hit. I had a nice enjoyable paddle today to reach Apalachicola. After some light rains this morning the weather was perfect. I took my time really trying to be present in the moment of paddling and what I was doing. Too often I get caught up with trying to do miles that I don't get to look around and enjoy the fact that I have been given a second chance in life to live out this dream.  When I reached one of the marinas I tied up and went looking for something to eat. I walked past the Police station and I saw an officer in his car. I asked him where a good place to eat was. He gave me a recommendation so I thought I would check it out. While I was walking there I saw an old converted gas station garage that was converted into a restaurant. Above the door they had a 3 Dale Earnhardt memorial sticker. They just earned my business. I went in and got some Oysters. The 5 people including staff in the place were talking about the hurricane. They were stocking up on supplies and filling there cars with gas. It reminded me of my time living on an island in Florida. My hurricane prep was to buy booze and call the dope man well in advance.   The only problem was that I'm an addict so when I had a surplus I would blow through it and have to resupply again before the storm hit. I'm so grateful I don't have to live like that anymore. I retuned back to my boat and paddled a half a mile out into the gulf to an island to camp for the evening. Tomorrow I will have to paddle back to town and try and find a ride an hour back to Panama City to wait for my flight to safety from the storm on Friday.