WARNING! Bruce said I have a lot of pictures for a down day.
Breaking in the new Crew
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.
The ship is in!!!!!
We waited for our ship to come in all day. (The shrimp fishing boat.)
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This Brain Clutter section is absolute floccinaucinihilipilification.
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.
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.
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!
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 (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 ……
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Next stop is across the Mobile Bay.
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!
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!”.
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!”
Dash to Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island is between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Later on towards evening
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Mary spent the morning catching up the blog. Dale was more industrial.
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 🙂 )
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.
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.
October 24, 2018 Wednesday Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL 0 nautical miles
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
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).
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!
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
Along the Way
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.
HAHA. Dale had to translate between the towboat captain with a heavy Southern accent the Brits on GOOD LIFE.
Fortunately there were NO sandbars
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.