Oh the weather outside is frightful, Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!
At 6am on Friday morning, the electrical power we all struggled for the night before went out. All the boats went dark and cold in a hurry. We looked out the windows to find that the predicted snow storm was upon us. Yuck! We had hoped to leave at first light however we needed to take on fuel which now meant waiting for the owner to start a generator to power the fuel pump. Always an adventure! After pushing the snow off the bow and windshield we started to move slowly down the river. Traveling today required 4 sharp eyes on the chart plotter, radar and the river. It proved to be quite challenging to see the river due to sleet, snow, fog and ice build-up on the windshield. Our new Buddy Heater saved the day again as we needed to put it on the dash to defrost the windshield. We had hoped to make it the 118 miles to Mobile but due to the weather, we stopped 1 lock (our last lock) and 65 miles later. Just before dark, we dropped the anchor at the Alabama River Cut-off.
Boating in snow was a first and hopefully a last for us!
Saturday we woke up to sunshine and blue skies! It was still only in the 40s, but sunshine made a huge difference. We could see out the windshield! Woohoo! We traveled fast for the majority of the remaining 52 miles on the rivers to Mobile Bay. Once we hit the Bay, we traveled 10 miles south in the shipping channel and then turned hard to port and made way for the town of Fairhope, AL. Our home for the next two nights was the Fairhope Municipal Marina. We enjoyed our time exploring the quaint town, awesome food and an afternoon dinghy ride around the area.
Monday we headed back across Mobile Bay to Turner Marine at Dog River located on the western shore of the bay near Mobile, AL. We will leave the PV2 here under the watchful eyes of some fellow loopers while we fly back to Michigan for the holidays.
What, no windshield wipers?
Captain's having Catfish!
Anything's better than catfish!
First time for snow at Bobby's!
Fuel up and let's get south!
Busy day on the helm.
What, no defroster?
Docked at Fairhope
Oyster dinner at Shux on the Pier!