Monday, November 19, 2012

New Orleans, LA to Gulfport, MS to Orange Beach, Fl

I'm combining two days of travel into one because they both involve quite a bit of time and long days on open water.  When you leave Pontchartrain Landing, you run about 25 miles on the protected GIWW through a section called the Rigolets. Not much out there but we did catch a pic of a train on the port side. 

When you leave the Rigolets, it's about 40 more miles to Gulfport, all open water in Mississippi Sound.  Here's Opus One following us AGAIN!

And here's the arrival into Gulfport, MS.  More friends from Harborwalk, Amy and Rob, have been here for a couple of weeks aboard their sailboat, La Strada.  Wish we had more time here.  The marina is brand new and very nicely done, great beach right next door.  We had a great dinner at Mike's place across the street and need to move on tomorrow to take advantage of "quiet" water in the sound.

The next leg was 87 miles, our longest day thus far.  So, we had to leave at 6 AM to make Orange Beach, AL before dark.  Glad we did -beautiful sunrise as we were leaving Gulfport.

80 miles at 9 MPH - you do the math.  It makes for a long day.  Autopilot is an awesome thing.  Nobody home at the helm.

After passing Biloxi and Pascagoula, Dauphin Island was to starboard approaching Mobile.  Here's the Dauphin Island Causeway.

Here's our last view of open water for awhile as we leave Mobile Bay.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.

You quickly transform back into the waterway routine re-entering the GIWW at Gulf Shores, AL

We were greeted by lots of dolphin, here's a group of 5 - I managed to get 4 caught on camera just off the bow of the boat.

We are docked at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL and will take a few days now to move some cars and spend Thxgiving with my inlaws in JAX, FL. Should be back on the boat on Friday.  We wish each of you a nice Thanksgiving with your families and friends.

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