Wednesday, November 2, 2016

11/02 Across Mobile Bay to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Roger Turner from Turner Marina Services finished the work on the Raymarine Chart Plotter this morning.  We are happy to have the demons exorcised from the chart plotter and our way points restored.   We scooted out under the bridge over Dog River into Mobile Bay.  The seagulls gave us an escort out into the bay.
One stayed really close.

The winds were up and the bay was pretty choppy.  We headed down the shipping channel.  This large vessel passed us. 
There was one on AIS that was significantly bigger 980 feet long and a 109 foot beam.  We rounded the Middle Mobile Bay Light and used a way point to the Gulf Intracoastal Markers.
Gulf Shores, Alabama shores rose out of the sea.

Once off the bay, the Intracoastal was filled with dolphin.  The Intracoastal took us past LuLu's Restaurant.  We were late for lunch and early for supper but that meant there was plenty of room on the dock for our boat.  LuLu is Jimmy Buffett's sister.  The place is eclectic.
This is what the fly bridge of the Hydrophilic looked like from our table.
 I did enjoy an oyster po' boy.  The music didn't start until 5 but I wanted to get on stage and sing.  I took this picture of the stage for my sister, Barb.  It might describe one of us. 

Back on the boat we headed to Orange Beach, The Wharf Marina.  It is a very nice complex with a ferris wheel, cineplex and shopping. 

This was another of those fabulous sunsets.  I love Alabama sunsets.
Looks like we will have a nice down day tomorrow. 

Lat 30 degrees 17.61 North
Long 87 degrees 37.89 West

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