We’ve seen dolphins, a ‘gator, and sunken sailboats. Also bayous.
You know you’re in the south when you’re in a bayou…”southern” for a swampy area. (More or less.)
We’ve entered the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). After crossing the wide-and-shallow Mobile Bay — about 30 miles across — we spent last night at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, owned by Jimmy Buffet’s sister, in Gulf Shores, Ala. It was our highest-priced slip after Chicago, though we expect higher in Florida. Lulu’s is one of those tourist attractions that seems “famous-for-being-famous”…lots of colorful signs, a large gift shop, and somewhat overpriced (but tasty) food. It’s probably great fun in the summer, if you like being “where-it’s-at.” We had a long walk to the restroom, and I had a long wait once there. I’m glad we went, but once is enough. 😉
Tonight, we’re anchored in Ingram Bayou near Ocean Beach, Ala. We cruised far up into the bayou to investigate anchorage options. Seeing at least three sailboat wrecks, we retreated to deeper water! (Recent hurricanes may have blown them up here, or somebody moved their boat here in a vain attempt to keep it safe — or maybe they were towed and sunk here deliberately. A spooky sight!) Aside from the sailboat graveyard, this anchorage is quiet and beautiful and just my style.
Tomorrow, we will enter Florida and head to Naval Air Station Pensacola, where we’ll get a military rate at the base marina and a water view of the Blue Angels air show at their home base. That should be fun!