Yesterday's rain shower cooled the air down, and I was able to sleep last night. This morning Abby continued her boating lessons by handling the wheel as we backed out of the slip, then maneuvering us gently up alongside the fuel dock. She really is doing well, and of course we are very proud of her!
On the other side of the fuel dock were two huge tug boats. They had disconnected thier barges and left them moored upriver, then pulled into the dock for fuel. The attendant told me that one was getting 2300 gallons of diesel and the other was getting 1800 gallons. I'm glad I don't have thier fuel bill - our tug only holds 18 gallons (smiley face icon). There were two other tugs waiting in line to get fuel too! I don't know if that is typical for a Sunday morning or not, but it was sure a busy place.
We travelled up the Back Warrior river about 12 miles to the electric plant and turned around. On the trip up we saw mostly fishermen (and ladies), but by the time we were returning, they had been replaced by ski boats and pontoon boats. The wildlife seemed to be hiding or sleeping for the most part today, but the cloud cover and cooler weather made for an enjoyable boat ride anyway.
The sleeping was much more pleasant last night. The air was noticeably cooler. I had the first coffee of my trip this morning. Tom went to mcdonalds and got us breakfast before we headed off for the day. Abby backed us out of the slip and docked us at the office to pay for another night. We were finally on our way up the black warrior around 9:30. I finally sighted a little raccoon along the river bank but he was too quick to get a photo. Tom took us into a little inlet and we watched some wood ducks and a loon. Abby and I climbed up on the bow and from there I could see the gar swimming just below the surface. We rode all the way up to the power plant and then headed back. We got back just before the afternoon thunder showers hit. We went back to Halls catfish and ate way too much again. We went for an evening walk around the park and sat at the civic center and watched boats come down the river. I always tell my students that I don't know how to have fun. But that's wrong! It just that THIS is my idea of fun!
I slept much better last night since the storm yesterday cooled things off. Today was much cooler than the past days, so I was much happier. I backed us out of the slip this morning and then I pulled us up to the fuel dock so papa could pay for another night. I drove for 30-45 minutes after that. Then I crawled in the v-berth and slept for a good hour. (It was a VERY nice nap!) after my nap I got up on the bow with GG and we rode through a little inlet. When we came out of the inlet, I ate a tomato. On the way back I just played my iPad. When we got back around 2:00, we went to eat at hall's catfish for dinner/lunch. After that we took a pleasent walk to the park and the civic center and watched some professional wave runners do flips, and we watched a 100 foot boat pass by. I'm glad that I found time somewhere in my busy schedule to go on another boat trip with papa and GG.
Today I went on a really fun walk! And even though today it wasn't as hot as it has been, Abby is still making sure that I have ice cubes in my water bowl.