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.