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Propped!

Propped!

October 31, 2018 Wednesday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

WARNING!  Bruce said I have a lot of pictures for a down day.

Getting Propped

Dog River Marina, AL - Getting Propped - The boat needed to be pulled to swap out the props. Pulling into the lift.
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – The boat needed to be pulled to swap out the props. Pulling into the lift.
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – On the lift
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – Dang they look good. Solid brass. It cost $600 to get the props done and another $450 ($10@foot) to haul out the boat to put the props on. Would have been nice to have a smaller boat today.
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – They needed to use an acetylene torch to loosen the old props before they could be pulled off.
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – Putting on the props.
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – Bath time as long as it is out of the water.
Dog River Marina, AL – washing down the boat (nice legs and pretty props)
Dog River Marina, AL – Getting Propped – The baptism

Breaking in the new Crew

Dog River Marina, AL – Breaking in a new crew. Perky’s cooking and Bruce is fixing the refridge.
Dog River Marina, AL – Breaking in a new crew worked so well we lent Bruce out to our neighbor. Better yet, the neighbor bought our Fortress anchor from us. The one we really hate.

Mile High (well 19′ from the deck of the floor to the deck of flying flying bridge)

I’ve always been a little amazed at the fishing boats with the REAL high flying bridges. I got the opportunity to ascend to the top of the a Hatteras sports fishing boat the flying flying bridge. The deck of the flying flying bridge is 19 feet above the main deck.

Dog River Marina, AL – Up up and away – Ascent to the flying flying bridge.
Dog River Marina, AL – Top of the world on the flying flying bridge

The ship is in!!!!!

We waited for our ship to come in all day. (The shrimp fishing boat.)

Dog River Marina, AL – Top of the world on the flying flying bridge. There is a full bridge at both the top level and the mid level.
Black Dog Marina, AL – The ship is in! Docking into position.
Black Dog Marina, AL – The ship is. Tied to dock and getting ready to sell shrimp to walk ups. There must have been over a dozen of us.
Today is Halloween and I think the white fishing net floats look like skeleton heads.
Black Dog Marina, AL – Buying fresh shrimp that was caught less than an hour ago! The guy in the middle is grabbing shrimp by the hand full and weight it out. The guy in the white is sorting the shrimp out by sizes. We bought 4# of large shrimp for $6 a pound!
Black Dog Marina, AL – Cleaning shrimp
Black Dog Marina, AL – Heads pulled and ready for deveining
Black Dog Marina, AL – Deveining shrimp (heads and antenna in the lower bag)
Black Dog Marina, AL – Heads or tails?
Black Dog Marina, AL – Beautiful tail on the shrimp
Black Dog Marina, AL – Four pounds cleaned and washed
Black Dog Marina, AL – Shrimp two ways – Shrimp scampi and seasoned boiled shrimp in progress.
Black Dog Marina, AL – Fine dining at its best. Hours old shrimp.

Brain Clutter

Floccinaucinihilipilification:

noun

  1. the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

Usage in a sentence

This Brain Clutter section is absolute floccinaucinihilipilification.

Ahoy!

Ahoy!

October 30, 2018 Tuesday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

Good Morning!

Dale’s brother Bruce and his wife Dianna (Perky) are joining us for the next leg to Florida. They drove through the night to get here.  Thank goodness they called when they got into northern Mobile. HA! Dale had to shag Mary out of bed so she would be up when Bruce and Perky arrived.

Dog River Marina, AL – Ahoy Bruce and Perky!!!! Where are we going to fit all your stuff??!#??

New Chain!

The new chain we ordered from West Marine last week was delivered today in a 50 gallon drum. I was quite relieved when we opened it to discover the chain only occupied the lower 1/8 of the drum.

New anchor chain! Marking 20 foot lengths (so we know how much we are letting out when we drop the anchor), unhooking the old chain from the rope (it took a committee), unhooking the old chain from the anchor and then hooking the new chain to the anchor.

Geeked!  Can’t wait to anchor out.  We went on a reconnaissance mission to Dauphin Island to check out places to anchor when we leave here.

Props are back!

Props repaired! Dang they are pretty. The get put on the boat at 7:00 am tomorrow.

Brain Clutter

The exact origins of the word “ahoy” aren’t known beyond that it stems from this Middle English exclamation, “hoy!” The most popular theory as to the origin of “hoy” is that it derives from the Dutch word “hoi”, meaning “hello”.

Alexander Graham Bell used the old maritime greeting: ‘Ahoy!’ as a telephone greeting.  It was Edison who equipped the first telephone exchanges, so he ended up having the last say. Edison preferred ‘Hello!’.

Some days not much happens

Some days not much happens

October 29, 2018 Monday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

Some days not much happens (no pictures today but there are stories)

Today was spent changing oil, cleaning the kitchen and scrubbing all the crud from going through the locks off the fenders.

Dales’ highlight was fishing! He caught lots of spec trout and a big blue crab.

But this is not why you read our blog ……

Story Time

Sanitation and Pump Outs – One of the first things we did when we came into the marina was try to pump out all the ‘Black Water’ from our holding tank. (Black Water  = Poop) Unfortunately the marina septic pump wasn’t functioning. Our septic light came on about 2 days ago. This means that we haven’t been able to use use our toilets. The septic pump in the marina STILL isn’t working!!!!  Who knows when it will be fixed!

There are 3 marinas in this area and NONE of them have a functioning septic pump. We have to walk to the marina toilet any time we need to tinkle or worse. Mary really hates the 2 AM run. Glad no pictures????????

Insider Tip – Jimmy Buffet will be in town to visit his sister Lucy sometime this week. When he is in town he always plays at his crazy sister’s restaurant Lulu’s. Dang I hope he’s there when we go through later this week!

The Dog River area is the original Mobile, AL. As Mobile grew it moved north to where it is now.

Jimmy Buffet’s childhood home is just up river. The old timers around here talk about him learning to water ski right out in front of where our boat is parked.  BTW the area just to the north of us is called Alligator Bayou.

Ponder This

Q: What kind of music do mummy’s listen to?

A: Wrap

If you’ve got, haunt it

If you’ve got, haunt it

October 28, 2018 Sunday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles  approx 90 statute mile

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

Road Trip

Mobile Bay, USS Alabama
Mobile Bay – One fast bird
Fairhope, AL – Bird houses at the marina. I’m trying to figure this one out ….. One shot deal to leave the nest.
Fairhope, AL – Dustin at Bone and Barrel. We’ve just finished convincing him he needs to go camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.
Mobile Bay – Lunch at the Oyster House
Mobile, AL – On the half shell. Mobile’s version of St Paul’s Peanuts characters
Live Oak – Big Tree, little leaves and acorns.  I’m not sure what the names of the plants are that are growing on it.

Mobile Witches Ride

Mobile is a playful city.  The Mobile Witches Ride is fun for a good cause – Delta Dogs, a local non-profit that provides free spay/neuter and veterinary care to the pets of Mobile’s community in need (e.g. elderly, disabled, veterans, families and women in crisis, the homeless, etc.)

Dale makes friends everywhere he goes. Note the ‘Lime Bike’. We saw several witches on Lime Bikes in the fly by. (Lime Bikes are rental bikes)
Mobile, AL – Witches Ride – Legs
Mobile, AL – Witches Ride – Faces – If you’ve got, haunt it
Mobile, AL – Witches Ride – If you’ve got, haunt it

Brain Clutter

Though most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, began holding the festival in 1703, 15 years before it started in Louisiana. Based on a French Catholic tradition, the celebration is now a city-wide holiday in Mobile, where even schools close down to celebrate.

Reconnaissance Mission

Reconnaissance Mission

October 27, 2018 Saturday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles   approx 170 statute miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

For our reconnaissance mission we needed a car. That was a mission in and of itself! Almost every car rental place in the Mobile area were out of cars!!!!  We finally found one but one but when we got there with the  marina’s courtesy car there was none. Alas we did finally find one at the airport that had just been dropped off.

Reconnaissance

Our mission was to survey our next anchorage and marina.

First stop Dauphin Island at the southern bottom of Mobile Bay so checkout an anchorage. Of course we had to do the tourist thing too.

Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – Fort Gaines – Damn the Torpedoes
Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – Fort Gaines – Renaissance Festival – HAHA. The Renaissance Festival is held here because this is the closest thing to a castle around here.

Next stop is across the Mobile Bay.

Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – Fort Gaines from from the Mobile Bay Ferry that crosses between Fort Gaines on the west and Fort Morgan on the east.. Oil derricks in the background
Mobile Bay Ferry – Oil derricks inside Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay Ferry – Ponder this… This was on the deck of the ferry.
Mobile Bay Fairy Mary
Mobile Bay Ferry – Ferry yielding right of way.

On to check out marinas on the east side of Mobile Bay.  We touristed the gulf side of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the wandered back along the ICW (intercoastal waterway).

We HAD to stop at Homeport Marina http://www.homeportmarina.net/ owned by Lucy Buffet, Jimmy Buffet’s crazy sister. The marina definitely has a Buffet feel!

Gulf Shores, AL – Lulu’s Restaurant – The restaurant was was holding a Halloween event for the employees’ children. All of the staff was in costume.
Gulf Shores, AL – Lulu’s Restaurant – Musicians

Good Night

Black crowned night heron sitting on the bow pulpit of YES DEAR

Brain Clutter

The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864 was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay.

A paraphrase of his order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” became famous. Farragut’s actual order was “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!”.

The decision is ….

The decision is ….

October 26, 2018 Friday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

Some of you might have been aware Mary is on a sabbatical from work. BSC benefits allowed her to take 90 days for a personal sabbatical.  These past 82 days have given her the opportunity to see if Looping really works for her and the family. She is kinda of a workaholic and having family close is pretty important to her. The aftermath of Hurricane Michael has also been a discussion point. Her choice this morning was get a rental car and head north to Minnesota or get back on the boat.

NO MORE FLIP FLOPPING!!!!!!!!! Mary finally made a decision.  She is still here on the boat tonight and retiring from work.

Mark Twain : “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!”

 Good Morning!

Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Breakfast on the Boat – Now that we have 2 fresh loaves of Dave’s Amazing Bread from Costco we needed to figure out what to do with the 3/4 loaf of bread we had. Answer: Oven baked french toast with using fresh berries.

Courtesy Car

Dash to Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island is between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – West end at high tide the roads flood. Sand drifts around the houses and streets
Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – Snow removal….. I mean sand removal.
Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – High tide and too much sand.
Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – We were drawn in to the fish market by a sign that read ‘Hot shrimp and crab bisque’. We also bought a pound of fresh shrimp. To our surprise the clerk asked if we wanted them spiced and steamed. Sure why not. We pulled around the corner to a little park to eat the shrimp and bisque. Best shrimp we have EVER eaten.

Later on towards evening

Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – Dale caught and released a bunch of brown trout
Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, AL – We were surprised to see our friends from boat GELUK. They are staying in the next over marina and were out for a dingy ride.

Brain Clutter
Noun. nurdle (plural nurdles) A blob of toothpaste shaped like a wave, often depicted on tooth paste packaging.
~ Wiktionary

We didn’t do anything really

We didn’t do anything really

October 25, 2018 Thursday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

Mary spent the morning catching up the blog. Dale was more industrial.

Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Dale splicing a loop to make an anchor bridle. (more on anchor bridles in a future post)

Courtesy Car

When ever the courtesy car is available… WE TAKE IT.  Today we quickly cruised part of downtown Mobile the two hours we had it. (30 minute there/30 minutes back = look around for 1 hour 🙂 )

Mobile, AL – Mardi Gras Park in for ground. Buildings left to right:
~Christ Church Cathedral – In 1906 a major hurricane swept through the Mobile area and the storm crashed the original steeple through the roof, destroying both in the process. A new steeple was installed in April, 2017. 100+ years later.
~Mobile Government Plaza – City,County Administration Building. It’s supposed to look like a boat. Not sure if it does…..
~Mobile County Offices – Voter Registration, Licensing Commission, Probate Court
Mobile, AL – Mardi Gras Park – Two of the statues rimming the park
Mobile, AL – Fort Charlotte (Conde) – Left to right: old fort rubble, new fort, RSA Battle House Tower, Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel and the rest I don’t know.

Good Bye to Friends

It has been fun traveling with our friends.  Alas, we must go different directions.  Hopefully we will catch up down the loop.

A toast to friendship! We all go different directions tomorrow morning. Mary, GOOD LIFE Steve and Diana, Kayak Steve (FB: kayak ‘the great loop’ -paddle with steve)

From the Brits

Honeymoon – was the month after a wedding, when the bride’s father would give the groom all the mead he wanted. Mead is a honey beer while the Babylon calendar was a lunar calendar. The Babylonians started calling the month the “honey month”.

Fortnight – The Germanic ancestors of our English language counted the passing of time in terms of nights rather than days as we do in many modern civilizations. their name for a period of two weeks was feowertyne niht, or ‘fourteen night.’ This term was in use well before 1000 CE in Old English.  It was progressively shortened (and the spelling of night modernized) to fortnight in the 17th century.

 

Consumers!

Consumers!

October 24, 2018 Wednesday   Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL     0 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet       I really do not understand why the elevation reads -2 feet.  We ARE above sea level.

WOO WOO. We went to two of our favorite stores and neither was a Walmart.  It made us feel kinda like we were back in Minnesota again.

Dog River Marina and Shipyard

Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – We are at the far end on the port side (left)
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – For sale in the marina
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Shipyard – Newly painted bottom
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Shipyard – Newly painted bottom up close. Look at the shine. Reminds me of the Bean in Chicago.
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – ???? Really high boat lifts to account for the tide ????
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Shipyard – boat painting
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Shipyard – Boat out of the water for barnacle hull cleaning.  This is a common problem for boats that don’t move around a lot.

West Marine

We have to walk through the shipyard every time we go to West Marine. We were there at least 3 times today.

We finally bought chain for the anchor rode.  They gave us a sample to try on our windlass. It fit! West Marine wanted $6.99 a foot for the 5/16″ISO HT, Grade 43 galvanized chain. They price matched a store we found online for $2.59 per foot. WOO WOO! We should have it next Tuesday.

We also bought a few new fender lines and lines to make an anchor bridle (more on that another day).

Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – West Marine consumer. Too bad this didn’t come in my size.
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Dale splicing a loop to make an anchor bridle using supplies from West Marine (more on anchor bridles in a future post)

Costco

We used the marina courtesy car to go to Costco and the Brits joined us. Dang, being Costco made us feel like we were in Minnesota. We couldn’t find the crack cinnamon bread but we found Dave’s Amazing Bread. WOO WOO!

Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Costco consumer – Mary got a new camera. No more iPad and cell phone pictures once she learns how to use it. She got a Nikon D3400. We bought the floor model for one heck of a deal. This gentlemen helped us out to make sure all the pieces were there and it was function correctly.
Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Consumers!  Left to Right: Dale and the Brits Kayak Steve, GOOD LIFE Denise and Steve.

Impromptu evening concert

Grand Mariner Marina & Restaurant, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Impromptu evening concert performed on sailing vessel ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. Della entertained us all with country western cello music. She is a professional musician. She and her husband John came over to our marina in their dingy earlier in the day and invited us all over for a concert. We had met them the night before in a restaurant.

Brain Clutter

Per our Brit friends Steve and Diane on GOOD DAY,  British butlers and man servants are called by their last name and the chauffeurs and drivers are called they their first name.   They didn’t employ any themselves so I’m not sure if I should believe them 😉.  I argued Batman called his manservant buy his first name Alfred.  Steve said Batman is an American and to go watch Dalton Abbey.

At the River’s End

At the River’s End

October 23, 2018 Tuesday   Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8  to  Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL      67.7 nautical miles

30°34’05.1″N 88°05’32.5″W
30.568088, -88.092370
Elevation: -2 feet

We haven’t been able to get phone or internet service for 4 days, since 19 Oct 18. Catching up today with multiple postings.

Our fresh water engines got their first taste of salt water today. They didn’t puke.

Good Morning!

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Slower boats leave first.  There aren’t a lot of really good anchorages between Demopolis, AL and Mobile, AL.  Slower boats need to leave early to make sure they have enough daylight to get from one anchorage to another.  Looper boat BRIZO is leaving.  As you can see the anchorages are often narrow.

Along the way

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Spider scene from the Titanic
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Barge tanks. I always take a picture whenever I see something different on a barge …
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Steel plant – working barge

Mobile River

Mobile River mile 45.0 – First Look. Room to go around tow boats now! The size of the river doubled (at least for a while)
Mobile River mile 45.0 – Looking back at the Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Alabama River confluence
Mobile River – Pig Tails! Herd of wild pig. We saw several herds down by the rivers edge. As soon as they saw boats the ran off so it was really hard to get a good picture.
Mobile River swamp land – Northern area – Cudso vine on some of the trees. Cudso is an invasive species
Mobile River – Gas pipeline canal cut through the swamp
Mobile River Industrial area before it got real swampy.  It was real stinky around here.
Mobile River (Tombigee Waterway) Navionics chart. We are entering from the north west corner at at mile 24 – Interstate 65 going east west across the middle of the chart. The north south ‘line’ ahead of the arrow is the direction our boat is headed.
There is a lot of non-navigable water for a larger boat such as ours. Good for fishing boats.
Mobile River I65 bridge mile 24. Not just a bridge. It is an elevated roadway over the of the swamp.
Mobile River swamp land
Mobile River swamp land
Mobile River swamp land
Mobile River swamp land
Mobile River swamp land – Rail Road line

Welcome to Mobile, AL

The following pictures are from the north side of Mobile, AL heading south into the city

Mobile River – First view of Mobile, AL. Across the swamp.
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north – coal
Mobile River – Tow Boat. Must be headed for the steel plant up river
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north
Mobile River – Entering Mobile, AL from the north

Downtown Mobile

Mobile, AL – Mini Me buildings. There are two that look alike but one is much smaller.  The large one is the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) Battle House Tower. It is the tallest building in Alabama.  The mini me building is the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.
Mobile, AL – Convention Center

Mobile River mile 0.0 –  The waterway ends where Government Street passes under the Mobile River as a tunnel.

WE ARE NO LONGER A FRESH WATER BOAT.

Naval Shipyard

This was the coolest part of going through Mobile, AL on the river!

Mobile, AL – Naval Shipyard – Austal is an Australian company that has a contract to build 11 Independence-class littoral combat ship. 
The ship has a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, a 28,000-square-foot mission bay, and a flight deck capable of holding two H-60 helicopters. One of the ships is named Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).
Mobile, AL – Naval Shipyard – The ship is designed for flexibility.  It can handle cargo or war helicopters. It also has missiles to defend itself.  The helm is controlled by a joy stick instead of a traditional wheel.
Mobile, AL – Naval Shipyard. The vessels are moved about .5 mile down river to finish the rigging and detailed work. Zoom out and you can see the cannons added to the top deck.

Go Google it!!

Heading south out of Mobile into Mobile Bay

Mobile Bay, Roller Coaster loading ramp
Mobile River – Dry Dock. These finger sections are actually dry docks, platforms submerged and ready for a ship.
Mobile River , Dry dock – Waiting for a lift
Mobile River – Container Ship loading
Mobile River – Cargo Ship loading – Cargo bay covers are collapsed like ping pong ball tables on the deck of the ship
Mobile Bay – Entrance Mobile, AL – Looking south down the Mobile River as we exit into Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay – Entrance Mobile, AL – Looking north up the Mobile River as we enter into Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay, Attach of the birds. They think we are a fishing boat

Dog River Marina

Mobile Bay, Entrance to Dog River
Mobile Bay, Dog River Marina
Mobile Bay, Dog River Marina – Fishing Boat passing while we are on the fuel dock checking in.
Mobile, AL, Dog River Marina – OMG. Look who else popped up at the fuel dock. It’s kayak Steve! We first met him at Clifton Marina
Mobile Bay, Dog River Marina from restaurant across the river. Yes Dear is the boat furthest left

Brain Clutter

Sorry no entry today.  My brain is too cluttered to do anything after trying to catch up on the daily blog posts.

 

Locked Down!

Locked Down!

October 22, 2018 Monday   Bobby’s Fish Camp, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 118.9  to  Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8    62.1 nautical miles

31°11’31.4″N 87°56’37.3″W
31.192044, -87.943704
Elevation: 7 feet

HAHA. Mary always has Dale make transient slip reservations because she likes to hear the marinas give Dale grief when he has to tell them our boat name. (We have reservations at Dog River Marina in Mobile Bay, AL for 24-Oct-18)

Good Morning!

Bobby’s Fish Camp, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 118.9 – 7:10 AM 43 degrees.  A week ago were a little afraid of heading South too fast because it might still be too hot. WRONG.  It’s dang near cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Frozen Ball – shriveled and deflated
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Early morning
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Waiting for the call from the Lock – OK to proceed
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – All clear turning to follow other boats down river.

Locked Down! (our last lock)

We are through the last lock on the western Waterways and Rivers. Coffeeville Lock mile 116.6 LAST ONE! Water over the dam. We have tides to monitor from this point south.

Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Entrance
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Locking Down
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Water over the Dam

 Along the Way

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 99 – Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Lovers Leap and St Stevens Landing (LOL)
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Southern Rail Road Lift Bridge mile 89.9   This section of the Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway is really stinky. There are lots of paper manufacturers and other manufacturers that use wood products. The Alabama Electric Power company is about .5 miles from the bridge and burns wood chips.

WOO WOO!!!! Saw our first alligator around mile 60?.  He was too quick for pictures.

Barges and Bends

We’ve been spoiled the last week or so as there has not been a lot of barge traffic.  Now that we dropped through the Coffeeville Lock there is a considerable amount of tow traffic.  I bet we’ve easily met a dozen or more today.  The barges and barge rafts are smaller than what we encountered on the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers.  Two times today Almost all of the tow captains are extremely considerate. But every now and then we encounter a cranky tow captain who will not respond to a hail.

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 72 – Just around the bend there is always a barge.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 72 – passing on a bend – 2 whistles – GOOD LIFE in the lead.

HAHA. Dale had to translate between the towboat captain with a heavy Southern accent the Brits on GOOD LIFE.

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – passing on a bend. This tow does not have a full load. Short one barge on the starboard side.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – passing on a bend – one whistle. It often gets a little close.

Sand ….

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand banks
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand barges
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand beaches
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sandstone
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand dikes.  You can see the tops of a couple trees behind

Fortunately there were NO sandbars

Anchored Inn

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8 – Anchorage – Passing tows kept the boats gently rocking through out the night. The sailing vessel Geluk is behind us.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8 – Anchorage – Looper boat GOOD LIFE.  60 foot SWEETIE and 45 foot BRIZO entered and anchored later on.

Brain Clutter:

Freeze the Balls Off a Brass Monkey: Cannon balls where piled on deck beside the cannon, pyramid fashion, and retained in a ring called a brass monkey. If the weather was very cold the brass ring would contract faster than the iron cannon balls, thus causing some of them to topple.