Mobile is a hub of commercial activity
The radio chatter picks up as we approach Mobile. One of the first buildings we identify is the convention center- a highlight as this is located at mile marker zero. We have been counting down the miles since Grand Harbor Marina at Mile marker 450.
Across from the convention center is the main ship yard for Austal- a large facility that builds navy ships. There are two in process- Dave recognized them as stealth naval vessel.
High speed stealth tri-marine design by Austal- . supplier of high speed aluminum vessels for the US military.
SHIPPING CONTAINER HEAVEN
Shipping containers stand ready for loading along the docks. China and Costco were most common.
Hundreds and hundreds.
A containership might up to 7500 containers; and we met one just as we were leaving the channel. Crossed our fingers that none would come sliding off (as seen in the Robert Redford movie).
A few other sights along the way included a naval research laboratory,
more naval ships.
and ocean going ships
DOLPHINS GREETED US TO MOBILE BAY
Once we identified the correct channel markers – we were immediately out in the bay.
There were shrimp boats and fish boats in the channel,
and they seemed to attract the dolphins to play in their wakes.
I did not expect to see dolphins so soon and it was an awesome sight. Worth all the miles we put in to get here.
Beautiful 72 degrees, sunny and dolphins leading the way.
Life is good. We reached Mobile Bay about 1:15.