Entering Mobile via the ship channel is intimidating. The flood of activity, cranes, booms, industrial machinery and docks full of cargo and shipping containers stacked six high can make it a confusing place for someone in a relatively tiny boat. And then there's the ships - massive doesn't really describe the ships that line the port, hailing from all over the world. Then there was Austel Corporation and the military ships they are building. They are unlike anything I've ever seen. They make Star Wars spaceships look like horse and buggies.
After getting through the port and the downtown area, the ride became much more relaxed, and we followed the tow boat Sabine Pass for several miles before overtaking him as he waited on one side of a bend for a southbound tow to clear the curve.
As we turned into Big Lizard Creek to find anchorage for the night, a mid-sized alligator slid off the bank and stared at us for a moment before sinking underwater. We anchored in Little Lizard Creek, with a bow and stern anchor, so we wouldn't swing across the creek or into the overhanging trees.
Our mileage for the day was 72.
We said goodbye to the "lady of the lake" and headed off this morning. We saw a few lazy dolphin bobbing along but they paid little attention to us. One of our former neighbors, Teresa, passed by on canal road as we wound through Orange Beach and blew her horn at us. Once again the weather kept us on our toes, but once again all the worst seem to by pass us. We saw lots of shrimp boats out, even one of our old favorites the "Nanny Granny".
We passed our old neighborhood and while I miss some of the people I'm ready to start this new adventure.
It was interesting to see the city of Mobile from the water.
I did see a large alligator just as we were pulling into our anchorage. The photo is not good but trust me he was big.
We are now anchored out in Little Lizard creek a little to close to the interstate for my liking but hey I'm not driving the boat. The tree frogs and the traffic noise are competing. Maybe the tree frogs will win.