|We found ourselves in a very tropical setting this afternoon as we left Mobile Bay and turned into the channel leading into Dog River near Mobile, Alabama. We were greeted by palm trees, pelicans and lots of fishing boats. We are on the Gulf!
We enjoyed a relaxing 4 days between Demopolis and here, anchoring all three nights. It is a secluded section of the waterway with no marinas. We debated stopping at Bobby's fish camp but there was no sign of life there, not a single boat so we just carried on by.
We chose Bashi Creek for our first night, Three Rivers Lake for the second and stayed in Big Bayou Canot last night. We were all alone in all three gorgeous spots. We needed to set a back anchor on the first and third night to keep from swinging because both spots were very narrow. Three Rivers Lake was the prettiest spot and we had plenty of room to swing on one anchor. I kept my eyes peeled for alligators but didn't see any until the following day when we saw a huge fellow sunning himself on the banks of the Mobile River. Last night we saw a little one scramble off the banks just as we were anchoring so suffice to say no swimming for us!
We have clocked 3,036 miles and locked through 29 locks since we left Keswick.
Mobile is one of the largest seaports on the Gulf coast and we were surrounded by barges, ships, fishing and Coast Guard boats as we left the Tenn-Tom Waterway and followed the Mobile Ship Channel down Mobile Bay for around 6-7 miles. The weather was fine so we were thankful to have no big waves on Mobile Bay. There are 3 other marinas to choose from but this is the only one with internet access which is perhaps what makes it the most popular with Loopers.
There is a West Marine store right on the property but they didn't carry the charts we needed to cover the waters up to New Orleans and south along Florida's west coast. We bought charts last year to get us as far north as Punta Gorda from the Keys so we still needed more charts! Can't leave home without em! Well not home, but here.
So we took the courtesy car and went off in search of West Marine and as usual Walmart. It doesn't matter where we go, it never fails, we always end up at Walmart. On the way back we stopped for bait and the Captain just caught his first salt water fish of this trip. Time to dig out our trusty Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico book to identify it!
We are only 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico where the Intracoastal Waterway crosses Mobile Bay. From there it's a 61 mile trip to Biloxi, Mississippi and 146 miles to New Orleans, Louisiana.