Monday, November 6, 2017

Back to Civilization

Viridian cruised with Moni-Jean leading the way to an anchorage off the Mobile River, down the Tensaw River Cut-Off and up Brier Creek after the fog finally let us go.  This was another beautiful Alabama anchorage in a secluded place with just the right amount of current to keep Viridian pointed up stream.  The crew of Binary joined Viridian and Moni-Jean and once the anchors were set we all dinghied over to the Moni-Jean for "docktails" and grilled chicken.  The food was excellent and the conversation lively.  After finishing our meal we took Jazzy back to Viridian and turned in full and exhausted.

Next morning we saw a little fog so we waited till it started melting away before we lifted anchors and headed to Mobile.  We were anchored only 23 miles North of Dog River Marina so it was an easy day full of new scenery, open waters and the smell of salt air and seafood!  Our cruise through the Port of Mobile was just amazing.  There is so much BIG stuff there it is hard to photograph and transfer perspective in a blog.  But we sure made an attempt.  Once through Mobile we entered the Mobile Bay and continued South to the Dog River channel, turned west and pulled up to the fuel dock to take on fuel and a pump out.  After taking care of the refueling we moved Viridian to the transient dock and started our other chores for the afternoon that included changing the oil in the Viridian diesel, first mates taking the loaner vehicle to shop for food and provisions, and washing a few loads of laundry.  Once this was done the crews of Viridian, Moni-Jean and Sandman (two brothers from Texas taking their boat from the Ohio River to Houston, TX via the Tenn-Tom), drove to a restaurant and enjoyed conversation and food at a local eatery.  We were sad to be parting ways with the crew of Sandman as we shared several adventures cruising together down the Tenn-Tom.  We hope our paths will cross again soon. Sandman and crew will be heading west to Texas and Viridian will be heading east with Moni-Jean as we head for our winter destination in the Florida Keys.  

That's the news and here's the views:

We are here

Today's route from Tensaw River Cutoff to Dog River Marina, Mobile, AL

 RR lift bridge on the way to Tensaw

 Anchored in Brier Creek

Brier Creek looking at "Binary"

Good Times Onboard Moni-Jean

Heading out for  Mobile

Nest morning on the way to Mobile


 Always mindful of not waking the locals


 Approaching Civilization


 Cruising through the Port of  Mobile













 Mobile Convention Center with FREE dockage

 Tri-hull battle cruiser built in Mobile














Shrimping





 Getting that perfect shot

 Stretching our eyeballs out in Mobile Bay

Secured at Dog River Marina, Mobile, AL

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