Total Miles Traveled 2906
After a couple of days relaxing on the hook, we continued on to an anchorage near Panama City. We saw several jets fly over us until early evening.
This is the Harvey Sub-Sea multipurpose support vessel. It is 340 feet long and has a Helidex Offshore helicopter landing pad mounted on the front; its aluminum deck is 73 feet in diameter.
We took advantage of the early morning light winds and crossed two big open bays to reach the “Grand Canyon” of Florida, a 16 mile run following an unmarked and narrow ICW through the swamps into the Choctawhatchee Bay. We caught up with “0 Regrets” just as we entered this section.
We turned north after passing under the highway 83 bridge and entered LaGrange Bayou, the location of Marina Village. We stopped here to visit our friends Brad and Nancy, Brad and I worked together before we retired and they have relocated to this area. We had a great visit with them and plan to stop again on the way down this fall.
We continued west the following day to an anchorage at Roberts Bayou, this is one of our favorite places to anchor, and our last stop before Mobile, Al.
On our way to Roberts Bayou, we passed the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA). A friend of ours told us about this program where families and individuals that choose cremation rather than burial can have their loved ones ashes mixed into the cement of the artificial reef. These reefs allow families to construct, personalize, and name a reef for their loved one.
The distance from Roberts Bayou to Dog River at Mobile, AL is about 45 miles. We intended to leave at daybreak so we could cross Mobile Bay before the wind started to have an effect on the water, but when we woke up we were fogged in. After a couple of hours, the fog lifted and we were on our way. About half way across the bay we had 2 foot waves but at a comfortable angle. We arrived at Turner Marine Thursday April 20th at Mobile Alabama. They have some very unique furniture, hand carved teak.
We have friends “Chasing 80” at the Ponchartrain Landing Marina in New Orleans, Louisiana. We decided to take advantage of the weekend $10/ day car rental special and drive over to visit them and the city. We had a great time with Kevin and Jill spending two days seeing the sites.
Saint Louis Cathedral
And a few wild characters
And a wedding.......
We took a trolley too
...but just a little snug.