After hearing about Bobby’s Fish Camp all of my life, nothing would do but to spend at least one night there. One night was all it took. We were the first boat to pull in around 4:00 and shortly after, we shared the small dock with 3 other boats about our size. Once everyone got hooked up and settled in we walked up to the office to see if the restaurant was open. It wasn’t so we went back to the boat and warmed up some left over roast and vegetables from the night before. To us, it tasted better than it did the first meal. About 30 minutes after we finished eating, one of the other boaters came by and said the restaurant had offered to open and cook some fish if everyone would come eat. We were bummed that we missed the opportunity to have some of what we had heard was the best catfish on the waterway. It was a pleasant experience and at least now we can say “we’ve been there and almost done that”.
As much fun as we have had on our first leg of our adventure, we were excited about pulling out early the next morning. We were ready to spend our last night at a peaceful anchorage called Alabama Cut off, Our last anchorage on the waterway before getting to Mobile.
After a few more great anchorages along the way, we arrived in Demopolis, AL. Kind of a special place for David because he had docked here for months at a time in the past and felt right at home here. … Continue reading
After spending a great week at Columbus Marina we pulled out this morning. Fueled up and eased through the fog to wait for Stennis Lock to open for us. By the time they opened it up for us the fog had completely lifted and it was smooth sailing the rest of the day. Early evening we pulled into Pirates Marina Cove to dock for the night. We checked in with the marina office and visited for a few minutes with them and then headed back to the boat to eat dinner. We had a short day planned for the 18th but we wanted to get on our way early and spend a peaceful evening at our anchorage, Sumpter Landing. And that, we did. I had cooked pinto’s in the crock pot as we were traveling and I don’t think we ever had any that tasted any better. Grilled chicken, pinto beans and corn bread fritters was what we had for dinner that evening. We both love to anchor out in these quite little coves. And yes, the two of us are still all smiles. We are in the process of making our dreams come true. As Mrs. Edrie George-Royals says, “One Buoy at a Time”.
We finally untied the lines and left the dock on Wednesday morning. Our plans were to leave on Monday but the weather and the unexpected last-minute sale of David’s motorcycle held us up for a couple of days. We were so excited to finally be cruising. We had planned to get to Bay Springs early afternoon and set the anchor and just chill for a few days. We pulled into to Five Fingers at 2:15 and I had fixed some Debbie Dixon Chili and we had some of sister’s homemade chocolate pie for dessert. As we went into Five Fingers we saw another pleasure boat from MD in there. Later we found out it was Bruce and Beverly on ‘Paddy Wagon’ Just before dark we got the dinghy down and headed to the beach for a nice little bon fire. After the sun went down and the coyotes started howling, David (city boy) was ready to get back to the boat. The weather was beautiful for a few days and then the cold front caught up with us. It went from laying out on top of the bridge to dragging the warm clothes back out. We decided then that we had waited a couple of weeks to late to head south. Lesson learned for next year.
The next couple of days we caught up on some much-needed rest and then… enough of that, we prepped the upper part of the bridge top and got it painted. Something that we’ve been wanting to do for a while and just haven’t had the time to do it. It’s fun to be setting around now and just come up with something that needs to be done and get up and do it. On Sunday morning, 10/7 we got up early eager to lock through Bay Springs and be on our way. When David hit the switch to pull the anchor up only about 20 feet of chain came up and then it just stopped. The more he tried, the harder it pulled on the bow of the boat. After about 30 minutes of working it, he realized that we were not going to get it up. Apparently we had anchored in a field of stumps and all the changing directions of the wind while we were there wrapped us round and around them. He decided to cut the line, call it a loss and get on our way. ‘Paddy Wagon’ pulled up anchor just before us and headed on to the lock (the first lock of the dirty dozen on the Tenn-Tom) so they ended up having to wait for us. Knowing that that’s just part of it. We got the West Marine Catalog out and ordered us another anchor and roller. A great friend of ours, John Gatlin on ‘That’s Me’, happened to be on the coast at the time and he took time out of his busy schedule to go pick up 200 more feet of chain for us. Until it comes in on Thursday, we have 3 more anchors but that was our favorite. We wanted to replace it and get it set back up just like it was. It had never let us down before and we have anchored in some pretty heavy winds over the last several months. It was one lock after another for the next several miles but turned out to be a great day. We pulled into Midway Marina and got the courtesy vehicle and went to town and had Mexican for early dinner. When we got back to the marina several boats had pulled in so we got to visit with them before bed time. We met some really nice folks, Steve and Nancy along with their friend Bill on a beautiful sail boat, ‘Kathryn’. They were from Indiana and had recently moved to Corpus Christi, TX. They are taking their boat down to Mobile and then on to Tx. We traveled with ‘Kathryn’ from Midway to Columbus Marina on Tuesday and really enjoyed the company. Once we got settled in at the marina, we got dressed and went to the hospital to see Joyce. Frank and Joyce on ‘Daphne’ are dear friends from the past. David, Frank and I went on to Dinner after the visit. We really missed Joyce, She has had a run of bad luck but is waiting for the Doctor to come around to release her any day now. We got to have dinner with our new friends on ‘Kathryn’ Wednesday night in Columbus along with Frank. We had a great dinner and also had a great time with friends. Some really great boat people. David say’s they are pretty good folks to be yankees Ha/ha. The North and South are at it again.
It became real to us when the gang had us a huge Bon Voyage Bash. All of our friends at Aqua Yacht, some family and other local friends made us feel so special when they joined us on the boat for some scrumptious food and thirst quenching drinks. After hanging out for a couple of hours on the boat, we went to Cactus Jacks for some good music, more cold drinks and lots of dancing. Until then, we were so wrapped up in getting the boat finished that we didn’t let it soak in that we were REALLY going to leave. Thank you all for coming by to tell us good-bye. We made lots of memories that we will never forget. We will miss you all.