November 11, 2012

November 11, 2012    Day 184                             

Turner Marine, Mobile, AL
Total miles to date:  3855.3

What an interesting day we had!  Another chapter closed as we finished the “river system” with its tows, barges, oxbows, cut-offs, and locks…and entered Mobile Bay with salt water, waves of 3 feet, seagulls, pelicans, and a dolphin. 

We left our anchorage with The Zone and headed back out on the river at 6:55 am. We had over 60 miles to travel and needed the early start.  We passed several tows on the river and as we got further south noticed the change in shoreline to become more marsh-like.  Soon we were entering the busy, industrial area at Mobile and kept close watch on the water traffic.  Then we were out in the bay!
Passed this fishing boat out for his catch in Mobile Bay

Took the Plunge and Water Music
behind us in Mobile Bay
Busy port at Mobile
We arrived at Turner Marine at 2:45 with Took the Plunge and Water Music while The Zone went into Dog River Marina.  We had planned to go out to dinner to celebrate Joyce’s birthday with other boaters, but discovered the Yacht Club was closed this evening, and we did not have transportation to go offsite.  We will try to regroup tomorrow.  Freya and Don from The Last Resort came by with a delicious slice of homemade key line cheesecake with birthday candles on it.  Phone calls from family also made it a special day!

Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for higher winds, rain and possible storms, and we will stay put and get some things done. Weather permitting, we will leave on Tuesday.  Joyce won a three night stay here at the Looper Rendezvous so we are happy to use it!