The Demopolis Lock is less than 2 miles away from the Marina. David on Miss My Money coordinated a group to leave at first light. He talked to the lock master and everyone was set to pull out, when.... a tow popped up on AIS. Tows always take precedence over pleasure crafts going through the lock. So, we made more coffee. Everyone was up and ready to go so there was a lot of visiting on the docks for the next hour and a half. When we heard from the lock master that we could approach the lock, David coordinated getting the faster boats in first. The boats that had planned to go later now got going with us too. We filled the lock with looper flags.
The BWTW, the Black Warrior Tombigbee Waterway, slowly turns more and more brackish. It becomes tidal but the tide is not really noticeable. John had his eyes out and spotted the first alligator swimming to the side of the river.
The next morning was chilly and there was fog on the river too.
Finally, it was Friday and we awoke to fog and the narrow BWTW. The fog cleared though.
And finally, we entered Mobile Bay. It was about 2 in the afternoon. The sun glistened on water. The bay was filled with dolphin coming to check on us. The shrimp boats were trawling back and forth. Most of all the aroma of the ocean was intoxicating. I was so excited to be back in salt water.
Dog River Marina was our stop for the night. The crew from Diva Di welcomed us as cruised into our dock space. Not quite time to relax just yet. Our front eisinglass zipper blew out and John called the canvas lady so she could come to the boat and get it. We are going to get work done on our chart plotter at Turner Marina and John made sure we were on for that. We had been traveling these long days with Dan and Jean from Time Out. They would be leaving the next morning, so we headed out to dinner. When you stay here, they give AGLCA reciprocal privileges at the Mobile Yacht Club. It was founded in 1847, making it one of the oldest in the country. It is just a short walk there too. The food and the company was excellent! The shrimp was very fresh.
Saturday, we started in with boat cleaning. We helped Time Out cast off their lines. Then we moved the boat less than a mile to Turner Marina where they will do our Raymarine work and we will get an oil change. It was afternoon, as I was checking into Turner and heard our friends, Tom and Carolynn, on Su Sueno call to Dog River for their dock space. When John took a nap, I walked over to Dog River to see them. They are staying a few days to rest up from the rivers too. For dinner last night, we went back to the yacht club and I had the best fried oysters I have ever had.
John got this picture of the sunrise here this morning. It is just that nice.
Lat 30 degrees 34.02 North
Long 88 5.26 West