Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The LAST of the Inland River; off to Fairhope Yacht Club on Mobile Bay

Day 195 … Wed, Nov 1 … 54.2 miles; 6 hours

Tensas River Inlet to Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL

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Today … the end of Mobile River at mile 0. That means - NO more inland river cruising; we are off to open water and in 2 days, the Gulf Intra Coastal Waterway (GICW).

More tows today; 5 in all. After about 25 miles, we saw signs of civilization again. Industrial civilization and the Mobile Shipping Channel!

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Lots and lots of AIS Targets moving about around and thru the shipping channel. None causing any issues with us moving thru the area.

Some of the military’s newest & fastest shipping being built here, too!

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A short hop across the northern end of Mobile Bay and we are at Fairhope Yacht Club. Fairhope Nov1 (16)April & Larry on One Eye Dog are  members and urgedFairhope Nov1 (8) us to stop. SO GLAD we did!!

What a deal. First night FREE, including slip, power, showers/bathroom and beach! 2nd night would only be $10; but, we are only here for a night. Since it was free, we thought we should have dinner at the club. April, Debbie (GP) and Laurie (FS) raved about the food. AND, they were right. we had a wonderful meal. The staff made us feel like members.Fairhope Nov1 (7)Fairhope Nov1 (9)Fairhope Nov1 (10)

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An incredible art sculpture from a tree destroyed during Katrina  …  the story is in the last picture. Dolphins on left trunk section with 2 birds at the top limbs and dolphins jumping on the right limb

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