Thursday, November 20, 2014

Continuing to Head South to Mobile, AL

After the weather improved we left Columbus Marina on 11/3 and traveled about 30 miles to Pirates Cove Marina in Pickensville, AL. and the next day 40 miles to an anchorage in Gainesville, AL.  We always try to anchor in a dog friendly environment for Chloe.  The next day after taking Chloe for a pump out we headed to Demopolis for a two day rest before the four day trip to Mobile.  There were several loopers there with the same idea.  The marina had a courtesy car so several of us went out to dinner.  When we left Demopolis on 11/7 arrangements were made with the lock, that was about two miles down the river, so we could get through without delay.  Turned out eleven boats left at 6:15 to lock thru.  This was our LAST LOCK we would have to go through on the loop!!!   We along with three other boats anchored for the night before heading to Bobby's Fish Camp, the only place to tie up with power in the four day trip.  We arrived on the 8th at Bobby's which only has a dock for about four boats to tie up and everyone else side ties to those boats.  We had a total of six boats.  We also had a crossing the wake party for Attitude Changer (Barb and Ross) who officially went to Bobby's from Mobile for their sea trail a year earlier.  We left the fish camp on 11/9 and headed to another anchorage about 80 miles.  It was a very nice place but I had to take Chloe about a mile and a half for her pump out.  We left next morning after the fog lifted for our final day on the Tombigbee and all the rivers and locks we have been on since leaving Chicago.  We arrived at Dog River Marina in Mobile on 11/10 and celebrated our accomplishment.  By-the-way, we went through 152 locks since leaving Texas.

Very pretty with the fall colors on the White Cliffs of Epes, AL
Lester and Irene with us at Bashi Creek anchorage 
They just completed their first 500 miles. 

Here we are tied up at Bobby's Fish Camp
This is the restaurant 
Attitude Changer arriving at Bobby's Fish Camp and crossing her wake!
New Gold Loopers Ross and Barb
Toast to the Gold Loopers
More Looppers
Way to go, it's been fun traveling with you
We're back in Gator country
Another foggy start 
Taken by Prime Interest in the Tensas River anchorage

Has to be the most beautiful place we have ever anchored, Bashi Creek
I think this retirement life suits us well
Our Last Lock
Very cool Navy ship
Mobile Bridge entering the Harbor
Mobile, AL

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