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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Free Dock at Fort Walton Beach

Saturday, December 13, 2014: It took a long time to bring the anchor up this morning. It was full of mud and took 20 minutes to bring it up. We got going about 07:35. Love this part of the trip as we see lots of dolphins. Got some good video of them jumping our wake but I can't get the video to work on the blog.. We got to our tie up at Fort Walton Beach Free City dock by 13:30. Had a quick lunch and went to Public’s to pick up a few groceries. The city had their Christmas Boat parade tonight so we got to watch another one; tis the season.
CO's comments. It took us extra long to get the anchor up today because of the mud that was caked on the rode. By the time I got the anchor to water level, I could see there was at least 30 pounds on it. It took us about 1/4 mile dragging it in the water to get it washed off; good anchor.

12-13-2014: Sun rise at Ingram Bayou

12-13-2014: Christmas tree at Fort Walton Beach

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dog River Marina to Ingram Bayou Anchorage

Friday, December 12, 2014: Very calm morning on Mobile Bay. Got going by 06:25 with a outgoing mid tide. Had plenty of water under us; at least for the bay; about 4' on average. It took us 50 minutes to go from the marina to the shipping channel. Then it took 2 hours to go from the shipping channel to R124 on the ICW and then another hour and 15 minutes to go from R124 to Lu Lu’s restaurant for lunch. Had a fabulous lunch of crab claws, shrimp, and clams. After passing Lu Lu’s by for the last 5 years we decided to stop and we enjoyed it. After lunch we went another hour and 10 minutes to our anchorage at Ingram Bayou, Mile 164.0 on the ICW. This is one of our favorite anchorages; so peaceful and quiet. We got here about 13:30 and just relaxed the rest of the day.


CO's comments.  Wonderful to back on the water.  Bow thrusters are nice to have, but if you know your boat, you can get along without one. 

12-12-2014: Sun rise on Mobile Bay

12-12-2014: Lunch at Lu Lu’s

12-12-2014: Lu Lu’s collect for Toys for Tots, a good organization

12-12-2014: A portable bow thruster for tows, helps them make the sharp turns on the ICW

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 1 through 12, 2014

Monday the 1st through Thursday the 11th::

After spending 3 weeks in Minnesota and Wisconsin we drove back to the boat and go here on December 1st, The boat was still on the hard but they still let us stay on her. We both came back with colds; the first ones in over 6 years.

Last Saturday they had a "Parade of Boats" that went right by us in the Marina. There were about 30 boats and they all threw out candy and beads. It was a fun time. We can’t remember how many times we have been in Mobile and talked about going to tour the USS Alabama and since we had time on our hands we toured in last Sunday. On Tuesday the 9th, our good friends on RoyEl came into the Marina. They were traveling with a crew of 3 and we all went out to dinner and had a great time.

We were still waiting on Dog River to fix our bow thruster and they were having trouble finding parts and figuring out exactly what is wrong with it. We decided it was time to go so we had them put it back together and we will worry about that at another time.

CO;s comments:  If you need maintenance, Dog River is the place to go.  They are very, very fair and honest and easy to deal with.

12-1-2014: Kim Jo IV on the hard

12-5-2014: Kim Jo IV going back into the water

12-6-2014: Our Christmas Wreath from Don and Amy, thanks, it looks good.

12-6-2014: Christmas Parade on Dog River

12-7-2014: USS Alabama

12-10-2014: RoyEl leaving Dog River