Tensaw River to Mobile AL, Mile 4547 – 4603, Day 226 – 254

November 1

After spending a quiet night at anchorage, we left in the morning for our last leg on the inland rivers.

Commercial marine traffic increased as we continued toward Mobile through the bayous of southern Alabama. In a few hours, we reached the northern sections of the harbor, where there was more industry – and more tows. Resolute led us past fleeting areas and tugs positioning barges, cargo ships, container areas, shipbuilding docks, downtown parks, skyscrapers, museums, the cruise ship terminal, and the marine industry’s fire training center. As we entered the Bay, there were more ocean-going tugs along with shrimpers and small fishing boats. We followed the shipping channel down to the Dog River entrance channel and turned into the long, narrow, shallow channel passing recreational traffic along the way. A few sections of the channel were quite shallow, and we had to be quite careful until just before the bridge at the river entrance.

It was good to be back in a marina.

The locals call this the Dolly Parton Bridge. No clue why….

Coming into Mobile – our GPS with the AIS overlay. Each triangle is a vessel; many are hundreds of feet long.

Looking north from the State Docks.

Naval ships are built in Mobile

GulfQuest Maritime Museum

Mobile is also a cruise port.

November 2 – 7

While settling in at Turner’s, we also took time to fuel, pump-out, clean, and complete our maintenance plans. We enjoyed spending time with Pat and Pete before they continued into Florida, and met up with Alice, Tim, Paige and Mike when they came through as well – so good to see them! We caught up with Alice and Tim over a nice dinner at Wintzell’s Oyster House – good oysters and fish! We met Mike’s daughter, too! Golden and Observer moved on to Pensacola for the air show, and we rented a car and drove to New Orleans for some sightseeing.

Pat and Pete joined us a Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. Good music!

November 8 – 11

Driving between Mobile and New Orleans only takes about 2 ½ hours; there’s lots to see and do down in the French Quarter – tours, museums, restaurants, bars, clubs, street musicians, and incredible people-watching. This year marks the beginning of the celebration of 300 years for the city. We stayed at Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the Quarter, and were able to walk everywhere. There’s lots of construction going on, and several blocks of Bourbon Street are closed to traffic for utility work so traffic is even more of an issue than normal.

We had a nice time, and could have easily stayed longer – pity the hotel rates didn’t cooperate!

No other place quite like New Orleans.

This B-17 is in the impressive WWII Museum.

At Jackson Square… from the levee.

Street musicians enjoying the luxury of a closed street.

Wait staff collect coffee and beignets for customers at Cafe du Monde.

Nicolas Cage has a pyramid-shaped mausoleum in the crowded New Orleans Cemetery #1.

Local football fanatics call this phenomenon ‘Touchdown Jesus’.

November 12 – 30

Interspersed with the frustration of waiting for the repairs and general boat maintenance we saw more and more around Mobile. We took a day trip and visited Fairhope, which has great consignment shopping and Fairhope Chocolate (yum!). The Christmas lights in Fairhope are lovely – the downtown trees are covered in white lights, creating a magical atmosphere for pedestrians. We also went to the movies (a rare treat!) along with numerous shopping trips.

But we were more than ready to leave – to catch up with friends, see the family, and get into warmer weather.

Mileage Today: 47.8 nautical

Trip Duration: 6.0 hours (moving time)

Loop Miles: 4602.5 miles

Estimated Loop Completion: 85.2%

Segments Completed: Okeechobee Waterway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, North Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Lake Ontario, Trent Severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, North Channel, Lake Michigan, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Tennessee River, Tennessee-Tombigbee, Black Warrior – Tombigbee, Mobile River

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