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!”.

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