November 14th & 15th, 2013 – Bobby’s Fish Camp to Mobile

16 Nov
5 of us rafted @ Bobbie’s Fish Camp

5 of us rafted @ Bobbie’s Fish Camp

 

I 10 bridge entering Mobile Bay with skyline in background

I 10 bridge entering Mobile Bay with skyline in background

First of 2 models of naval ships being built in Mobile by an Austrailian company with US workers.  Airbus of France is opening a plant to build plains here also.

First of 2 models of naval ships being built in Mobile by an Austrailian company with US workers. Airbus of France is opening a plant to build plains here also.

Bev’s Buffle Head Ducks

Bev’s Buffle Head Ducks
Bashe Creek mile 145. on Black Warior - Tombigbee River aft view no more than 60’ wide

Bashe Creek mile 145. on Black Warior – Tombigbee River aft view no more than 60’ wide

Bashe Creek mile 145. on Black Warior - Tombigbee River front view no more than 60’ wide

Bashe Creek mile 145. on Black Warior – Tombigbee River front view no more than 60’ wide

The falls on RDB exiting Demopolis Lock

The falls on RDB exiting Demopolis Lock

Bobby’s Fish Camp office & restaurant

Bobby’s Fish Camp office & restaurant

Very high cliff overlooking Black Warior - Tombigbee Rivers below Bushi Creek anchorage

Very high cliff overlooking Black Warior – Tombigbee Rivers below Bushi Creek anchorage

 The Group of loopers @ New Orleans Bar & Grill @ Demopolis Marina, AL

The Group of loopers @ New Orleans Bar & Grill @ Demopolis Marina, AL

November 14th:   Up @6:00 AM to 25 degrees cold.  It was warmer in Mendon @ 30 degrees this morning.  Then we sat waiting for the fog to lift.  We all planned our day around a 7:00 A departure from Bobby’s Fish Camp & it is now 7:30 with no sigh of the fog lifting.  Back to plan “B” or maybe “C”.  After 9 ½ hours we arrived at 4:45 P to drop anchor & settle in for the night at Alabama Cut-off mile 53, 66 miles from Bobby’s Fish Camp.  Got  here just in time as dark is about 5:00P.  Had Quimby cranked to 1900 RPM to do it.

November 15th, 2013  Rousted Arch @ 6:30 & off @ 7:30 AM. @ 1900 RPM again expecting another long day.  Again not much to see along the last day on the rivers until we reached Mobile & then WOW.  Very heavy commercial like we hadn’t seen before.  Many barges & barge traffic, container ships, passenger ship docks, freighters, commercial fishing & tugs.  As we moved down the bay the rain increased after only drissal all day & the fog just got thicker & thicker.  We turned into the channel to Dog River & ran blind by the charts as the markers were to widely spaced to see.  When we got to Turners Marine they had no room for a boat our size.  We were directed down a fairway but could not get into the slip so had to back all the way out of the fairway, turn & go out into the channel until they moved some boat to make room for us elsewhere.  It was dark & 5:00 PM when we finally got tied up soaking wet.

Went out to celebrate “In My Element” (Bob & Debbie Smith), & “Frayer” (Ozel & Maryann Cox) crossing their wakes & Liz Cox’s birthday.  Quite a party!  A great end to a long day very trying at the end after 9 hours & 65 miles.

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