3-15-2014: Anchored out in the beautiful, clear blue water by Manjack Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

F2H-2P "Banshee"
F7F-3 "Tigercat"

F2H-2P "Banshee"

F7F-3 "Tigercat"
This is our 2nd day at the Palafox Pier Yacht Club, Pensacola, FL. This is a very interesting town with a beautiful and old historic downtown area. We walked all over the area yesterday just sight seeing.

Today we took the city bus (what an experience this was; made us thankful for who we are and what we have) out to the Naval Aviation Museum and spent the day. The museum was huge and very informative.
There was so much to see we could have spent another day there. Tonight the City of Pensacola and their merchants opened up the downtown area for an open house type of thing. Several city blocks we cordoned off by the police and everyone served beer, wine, and mixed drinks on the street; it was quit the party.

F18 Outside Pensacola Naval
Aviation Museum

Blue Angles

Our next anchor

Lighthouse at Pensacola

N30 24.122
W87 12.835

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mile 155.0, Lu Lu's-Jimmy Buffet's sister 
Mile 164.0, Wednesday's anchorage
Ingram Bayou
Didn't get going until late yesterday because of boat repairs but all was done by 11:10.   Today starts Phase 8 of our journey.  We adjusted our plans and anchored in Ingram Bayou, Mile Marker 164, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW).  We picked up the GIWW at Mile 150 from Mobile Bay and about 5 minutes later we were greeted by 3 dolphin following us on our port side.  We thought that was a perfect welcome to the GIWW.  After we anchored in for the night we saw several more; we tried to get pictures without luck.  We had already eaten by the time we passed Lu Lu's Restaurant (Jimmy Buffett's sister) so I just took pictures.  Today was a beautiful morning; sun shining, water smooth as glass, and no fog.

Having work done on boat

Work done
Sun Set at Ingram Bayou

N30 18.928
W87 32.279

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What are these and which direction are we going?
Well, we have been here for a week now and we still don't have our new cutters on.  We are scheduled for Wednesday morning providing the winds die down some.  The wind was too strong to try to move the boat today.  There are 3 other boats here waiting for the weather to clear so they can go south also.  Our friends left on Sunday and are only 1 day ahead of us (weather).  They have had seas worse than us but are holding on.  Today I couldn't get off the boat without Keith's help because of high water.  Our ladder was too wide and my step stool was too short.  I ended up buying a new 2-step ladder.  Keith thinks the boat is going to sink because of all this extra weight.

CO's comments:  Today has been a wild one.  We have had neither a high tide or low tide.  It has been a 4' + surge off the gulf all day and seas on the gulf have been 9' plus.  Looking at the harbor water, all you see is a little ripple.  Yet there is a 3'+ roller under that ripple which tosses and turns your boat.  Bobbie met a lady from a 36' Sail boat that had to wear her "sea sick" bracelet's last night to bed so she could get some sleep .  Sail boats seem to rock and roll more than other boats.  Semi-displacement hauls are next as are displacement hauls up to 36'.  Then we have a 65' Hatteras Motor Yacht next to us which hardly moves.  This is all new to a mountain man from Montana and I like it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shrimper coming in this morning
with his boat full of shrimp
Most of the loopers that were here the last couple of days left this morning but we are still waiting on parts.  Hopefully they will be here on Monday.  We are still ahead of quit a few loopers still coming down off the Tenn-Tom.

The shrimp boats go out about 20:00 each night and come in around 08:00 each morning.  We saw this one come in this morning and he had a good catch.  I bought 5 pounds of fresh shrimp from him; guess what's for supper?

The tide here in Mobile Bay is about 1 to 2 feet per day.  Today high tide is at 04:45 and low tide is at 14:43.  It varies daily.

Previously posted side pictures October 25 through 31, 2010

Anchorage in Five Fingers-Bay Springs Lake

Jim and Brenda Looping in a 40' Express


CO checking anchor

Thai Suites III-76' custom built

Joe Wheeler at night
Joy and Dave