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In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Monday, 5 November 2012

ICW Mobile - Pensacola

ICW (1)

October 31, 2012

We left Dog River Marina around 0700 and started to head out with a whole bunch of other boats. It was the first good weather day in a week so a mass exodus took place.

As we headed into Mobile Bay we decided to try our auto pilot. It had broken down while we were on the rivers and Gary got it fixed while we were in Mobile.
Time&Tide in Mobile Bay just before we had to
turn around and have the Auto Pilot fixed.
Picture taken by Sharon - MV Blue Angel
As we turned it on, the boat steered at a 90% angle to port. This was not good. After messing around with it for a while we decided to head back to the marina and get the mechanic to have a look at it.

Fortunately it was a simple mix-up of wires and we were soon on our way. We were now 2 hours behind the rest of the boats who all left with us in the morning.

Crossing Mobile Bay the wind picked up and started to rock the boat a little. We must be getting used to it, because my only concern was that one of the cats might puke from all the rolling.

We spotted some more dolphins and tons of sea birds, especially around the shrimp boats.
It is soooooo hard to get a picture of a dolphin.
Here they are playing in our bow wake.
There is womething so magical about seeing a dolphin in the wild.
We finally made it to the ICW, nice protected water way that runs parallel with the Gulf shore.
A couple of raccoons enjoying a drink of water at sunset - Ingrams Bayou

We anchored in Ingram’s Bayou.

November 01, 2012

We had planned to spend a couple of nights at Ingram’s but we were told the anchorages around Pensacola were going to fill up fast on account of the airshow this weekend.
 Steerman Trainers

On the way we saw our first white sandy beaches and a big sign welcomed us to Florida. Woo,hoo!!
Welcome to Florida
Better watch those tides!!

For the next three days we explored the sandy beaches off Pensacola.  I found my first sand dollar and the great sea shell collection has begun!!


White sand, clear blue water

Soft sand

Sea anemone

Shore Bird Sandpiper

Sand Dollar
This Armadillo was not shy at all.
We explored the overgrown island of Fort McRee Anchorage and we saw our first live Armadillos.
Gary was in 7th HEAVEN as it was also the Blue Angles’ homecoming and we had a great view of the airshow rehearsal. On Friday evening we sat on a sand dune sipping wine with Kate and Gordon from MV Viking Star while watching the night air show (a first, even for Gary) and on Saturday we were joined by the crew from SV Flying Free as we attended the airshow at the Pensacola Airbase.
Blue Angels flying over the anchorage

looking out the observers window of a Mexican patrol aircraft

Sea Stalion

Blue Angels

F18  tight turn causing the water vapour to compress

Fat Albert

Diamond formation

Two solo Blue Angles doing a dirty pass
(I kid you not, this is what it is called!!)

What a weekend!! 

Gary caught a Flounder

We are still waiting on a part from West Marine so we are currently in the Navy Marina in Pensacola, where we were invited to stay as Canadian Military retirees.

……………………………………………to be continued

1 comment:

  1. Haai Chrissie, ek sal vir Ma bel en se dat alles ok is. ....ek het vir Joey laat weet.
    By the way, it is a sea urchin not an anemone. Safe travels love reading your blogs.
    V & I