October 29, 2014
Depart: Anchorage at I-65 bridge/7:33
Arrive: Barber Marina/4:47
Weather conditions: sunny
No casual trip down the river for us today. It is time to face Mobile Bay with its very busy harbor. Shortly after leaving our anchorage we meet up once again with Shippery and Andiamo, so that makes three of us cruising around the congestion of the Mobile waterfront. Just like everything else we have worried about, this too proves to be no big deal. We will be staying at Barber Marina until December 1, when we will continue our journey.
Arriving at the 14 mile railroad bridge with just a few more turns before we will be able to see the city skyline.
The tall buildings of downtown Mobile clash with the warehouses of the waterfront. There are huge container ships being unloaded and a variety of military ships at the docks.
All of the freighters have escape pods like the one used by Captain Phillips.
The view of the city is certainly different from this perspective.
Sliding by these huge ships is just a little bit intimidating. One of the guys working on the ship to our port (left for you landlubbers) radioed down to us wanting to know what kind of boat we have. He made Jess' day.
Shipperly and Andiamo were parting ways for awhile here. Evidently they needed to make an exchange. Where there is a will there is a way, even in the middle of Mobile Bay.
We were excited when the dolphins started swimming and playing all around us. I think they were actually hanging with the many shrimp boats working in the bay, but they came and checked us out too.
This guy gave us a feeling for what it will be like when we have to deal with waves in the gulf. He didn't worry about slowing down to minimize his wake, so we had quite a ride.
The lighthouse in Mobile Bay stands watch over the tranquil waters, as we follow the navigational markers.
We have finally entered the Intracoastal Waterway. If we were not so anxious to reach our marina, we would stop for supper at Lulu's. For now we will just wave as we go by.
Our home for the month of November.