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Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Post by curtgard » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:39 pm

We made it to the dock at Bobby's fish camp along with 6 other larger boats. This dock is only about 200 feet long which required boats to raft together in the current. Since we were smaller than all the other boats, we were able to dock on the end of the dock. The dock protected us from getting hit by floating logs but the current was on our beam.
Bobby's fish camp dock
Bobby's fish camp dock
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Bobby's fish camp has a restaurant that is known for serving good catfish.
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Post by curtgard » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:04 pm

Inside the restaurant, there were stuffed fish and animals. On the wall was a large alligator gar and near the door an alligator mouth. We are still waiting to see our first alligator in the wild on this trip.
alligator gar
alligator gar
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We stayed one night at Bobby's fish camp dock and left the next morning in fog going the two miles to the last lock on the Tombigbee waterway slowly. By the time we got through the lock the fog had burned off. I ran the boat at about 12 mph all day so we could make it to the Mobile convention center dock by dark some 120 miles away. We did arrive at the dock as darkness was sitting in but we were done with the rivers section of the Loop. This also means we have reached another milestone, Mobile bay and the Gulf of Mexico. We woke up the next morning across from some type of military ships in downtown Mobile.
military ships
military ships
The dock at the convention center is free if you only stay for 12 hours so we left early this morning(Oct 29th) for Dog River Marina on the West shore of Mobile Bay. We will be here for 2-3 days waiting for rain to pass before crossing over to the East shore of Mobile Bay.

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Post by chugalug » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:31 pm

:D Curt: Did you do any pics of the build?
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Post by kens » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:03 am

Seen any alligators yet?
otters?
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Post by curtgard » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:01 pm

There is a thread under the Hankinson design section with pictures of my build.
We have been watching the river banks for alligators but so far none have been spotted. We did see dolphins as soon as we hit Mobile bay.

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Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:18 pm

Water and temp are getting a little low for the gators. Their digestive system shuts down at about 60*. Otters seem to be nocturnal. I haven't seen one. but, they will tear up a crap trap!

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Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:20 pm

Where are you Curt?

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Post by curtgard » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:23 pm

We stayed at Dog River marina for three nights waiting for storms, wind and rain to pass. It was still plenty rough crossing over to the East shore for going down the bay to the ICW. Once we got to the East side of the bay, the wind and waves from the NE was less for going South. We had to stay off shore at least a mile as water was still only 4-6 foot deep. At the SE corner of the bay is the entrance to the ICW, and the first structures at the ICW are several condo buildings. One of Glen-l's frequent posters has a condo here. Guess who?
condo's at junction of Mobile bay and ICW
condo's at junction of Mobile bay and ICW
We continued East along the ICW waterway and passed by LuLu's restaurant which is owned by Jimmy Buffets sister.
LuLu's restaurant
LuLu's restaurant
Our destination was The Wharf marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. This a large 1st class marina with an outdoor type shopping center.
looking down the street from the marina
looking down the street from the marina
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Post by curtgard » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:34 pm

We have booked a month at the Wharf marina as we plan on getting a rental car and going home for a few days to take care of Fall yard work. We will keep the rental car for a couple weeks and tour around in this area also. The Wharf has 24 hr security so the boat should be safe while we go home. More pictures from the Wharf marina shopping complex.
ferris wheel at the Wharf
ferris wheel at the Wharf
entrance to Wharf shopping area by car
entrance to Wharf shopping area by car
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:28 pm

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Yes, those are our condos. Sailboat Bay. The Wharf is a good place. We'll try to hook up when your back down.

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Post by kens » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:51 pm

curtgard wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:01 pm
There is a thread under the Hankinson design section with pictures of my build.
We have been watching the river banks for alligators but so far none have been spotted. We did see dolphins as soon as we hit Mobile bay.

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I do not see alligators in the salt water nearly as much as in fresh water. Yes, its getting cooler of this time of year, but I still, in 20 years in south Georgia, only seen 1 alligator in salt water. But in fresh water all bets are off.
I've seen otters around piers, bridges, pilings, that are near shore, just the kind of water on the ICW.
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Post by hoodman » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:16 pm

Gators can only tolerate salt water for a short period of time. I learned this from one of my kid's shows.

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/alligator.html
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Post by curtgard » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:30 pm

We have returned to The Wharf marina in Orange Beach Alabama after going home for a while with a rental car. It was good to get back to the boat and warmer temps. as we left Iowa only a few hours before they got a couple inches of snow. We kept the rental car for a few days after returning to the boat so we could tour around the area. We visited the Navel Museum in Pensacola, Pensacola lighthouse, Foley Alabama area, Fort Morgan and Fairhope Alabama.

We spent a whole day at the Navel Museum as there is lots to see and the best part, its Free. There were two huge buildings filled with planes and exhibits so I will try not bore you with too many plane pictures but here are a few from the dozens they had on display.
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Post by chugalug » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:27 pm

Good to see you back at the loop. :D
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Post by curtgard » Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:23 pm

A few more pictures from the Naval Museum.
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