So far on our journey we have traveled 4,232 miles, 690 engine hours, 162 days, 108 of which were travel days, we've locked through 151 locks, stayed at 72 paid docks, 43 free docks, and anchored out 42 nights. We've used 1,145 gallons of diesel fuel and visited 118 cities, 11 states and 2 countries. In addition, we traveled 2,200 miles by car from Columbus, Mississippi to Atlantic City, New Jersey and were gone 14 days.
We left Dog River Marina at daybreak this morning with five other boats heading south. We traveled 63 miles to English Navy anchorage just off Pensacola, FL. We were excited to see the "Welcome to Florida" sign at Perdido Key. It won't be long till we'll be home for the winter.
We were barely across the Florida state line and were watching the amazing Blue Angels practice in the skies above us, when a Florida Law Enforcement boat stopped us. He asked if we had the Florida sticker on our boat. We do not because we just arrived here in Florida with the b boat. He asked to see the boat documentation which was in order and then he admonished us that we must have that Florida sticker, so as soon as we get to Cape Coral, we'll be buying it. As he left us he smiled and said "Welcome to Florida!"
Here are some of today's photos:
|Leaving Dog River Marina this morning|
|Sunrise on Mobile Bay, AL|
|A lonely pelikan|
|Dolphin playing in Mobile Bay, AL|
|Tugs on the Intracoastal Waterway|
|A home along the ICW, Alabama|
|The amazing Blue Angels practicing over the Pensacola Naval Air Station|
|The Florida Law Enforcement officer stopped us -- we need a Florida sticker when we get to Cape Coral.|
|Tonight's back yard|
|Another tonight's back yard|