Today we passed through the last section of the Tenn Tom, which some refer to as the Mobile River, and entered Mobile Bay. This is a major milestone as we have now completed the interior river system and will soon be entering the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
The river had a completely different look here, more like the swamps of Florida, and different wildlife began to emerge. The land is flat and flooded, with Cypress trees, many exposed tree roots, and Spanish Moss decorating the trees. We saw our first sea gulls and pelicans, and even saw a deer and her faun swimming across the river.
|Exposed tree roots along the banks|
|Spanish Moss and Cypress trees|
|First view of the Mobile skyline|
|Mobile Convention Center|
|Navy stealth ship|
Mobile Bay is over 10 miles wide and 40 miles long, and as we moved into the bay we followed a tug going out to escort a large ship into port. Shortly afterwards, I saw our first dolphin riding the bow wake. The winds were up and the bay is shallow, and we quickly found ourselves in high waves as we moved down to stay at Turner Marine Supply.