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Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

SV Serenity

The cold found us; we move out (11/20/17)

In which we leave our anchorage after the big storm and try to escape the cold.

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New Orleans and the Swamp (and we didn’t drain it). (11/7/17-11/8/17)

We have stopped for a couple of days to celebrate Thanksgiving and to wait for weather to get better so we can continue around Florida.  I’m using this as a chance to catch up on some posts from our time in Mobile.  This is a recap of our side trip to New Orleans at the beginning of this month.

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Standing on deck in gale force winds dressed in my underwear (11/18/17-11/19/17)

Start: Navarre Beach anchorage, 0731
End: Hogtown Bayou anchorage, Choctawhatchee Bay, 1333
Total Distance: 33.7 nm
Time: 6:01
Average Speed: 5.6 kts

After a fantastic day at Navarre Beach, we are moving along down the GIWW. We are looking at the forecast for the evening when both a gale warning and a small craft warning have been posted on the Gulf. Continue reading “Standing on deck in gale force winds dressed in my underwear (11/18/17-11/19/17)”

GICW Day 2: Warning: Banjo aboard! (11/17/17)

Start: Ingram bayou, 0601
End: Navarre Beach anchorage, 1234
Total Distance: 39.2 nm
Time: 6:54
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

I wake up at 4am. Four in the freaking morning. It is dark. I can hear owls outside our boat. And I can’t get to sleep. I’m thinking of bridges. Three bridges, actually. Two 50’ and one 49’ bridge. Which we will transit over the next two days. Continue reading “GICW Day 2: Warning: Banjo aboard! (11/17/17)”

GICW: We are underway again and LOVING IT! (11/16/17)

Start: Turner Marine, Dog Fish River, Mobile Bay, 0830
Intermediate Stop: Lulus Cafe for lunch, 1400-1515
End: Ingram Bayou, Gulf Intercostal Waterway, 1636
Total Distance: 39.2 nm
Time: 6:54
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

And new chapter in our journey begins. We have closed out the rivers and now move on to the Gulf Intercostal Waterway, which looks a LOT like a river BUT it isn’t. We can, if we desire, head out into the gulf and sail. And we will. But not today. Continue reading “GICW: We are underway again and LOVING IT! (11/16/17)”

Working in Mobile, AL, Week 1 (10/28/17-11/5/17)

One thing we forgot to add to our list of top things coming down to Ten-Tom Waterway. Deep fried pickles. Dill Pickles. They probably aren’t specific to just the Ten-Tom, but that was where we first ate them. And we have had them here in Mobile. And I’m here to tell you, they are better than onion rings, fries, or (dare I say it?) cheese curds. AND they are healthy! I mean pickles are cucumbers. And cucumbers basically don’t have calories. And deep frying zero calories should mean zero calories, right? Continue reading “Working in Mobile, AL, Week 1 (10/28/17-11/5/17)”

The BWTB: Fish Camp, fog and our own private bayou (Days 2-5) (10/25/17-10/27/17)

How we finish out our last waterway and arrive in Mobile Alabama.

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Dorking stuff up in Mobile, AL (11/4/17)

Look.

The waterways of America’s heartland sucked the living energy out of me. Out of all of us. It was 1000+ miles. 98% of it was less than exciting. 2% was exciting, but usually not in a positive way. More like in a “Holy CRAP that barge is CLOSE!” Or “It sure is foggy out here today. Did you hear something?” Continue reading “Dorking stuff up in Mobile, AL (11/4/17)”

Ten Tom Day 4/5: Sprinting towards Demopolis (10/20/17-10/21/17)

The day we push hard to make distance to Demopolis so we can arrive before the weather turns to crud.

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