Here we are instructed to stay up close near the North Shore & wait for a Tow to be locked Westbound through the Algiers.
After a little over an hour we are invited in and instructed to starboard tie to a pin on the wall.
Her the midships line is on the second pin, I would move the line to the pin just above my head and it would be at waist level as we departed.
You can just make out a huge ship in the fog ahead of us as we venture out into the MIGHTY Mississippi.
Just one of Lots of poles, trees, and other debris to avoid. You can see the industrial nature of the scene on the banks going North up the river from the Algiers.
Is this Guy moving?
The Admiral got this shot of a scuffy little Kingfisher near where we were circling.
Here we exit the Industrial Lock into the Industrial Canal and as we leave we contact the North Clairborn Ave. Bridge, if we had been an hour later we would have to circle for about 2 hours till the end of rush hour.
Lucky for us we have just a short wait and the fog seems to be getting lighter.
Next up is the Florida Ave. Bascule Bridge, another short wait
This is the Almonster RR bridge and it took several calls to get the Tenders attention. In fact the tender for the Danzinger Lift bridge right after it came on the VHF and said "He never answers his calls". Shortly after the Almonster tender came on and said" I always answer my Calls!" Then after another short wait the bridge opened but he never gave the all clear. So I radioed that it looks like it is safe to proceed now and we will pass through. We proceeded slowly.
Finally about 1430 hours we were tied up at our home for the next 30 days at the new floating docks at Seabrook Marina right on the Industrial Canal.
This is the Marina office, they are very friendly and helpful, they said they had a record number of transients this season and had prepared a packet of information to hand out to all their guest for the FAQ's. We sit on the front porch to get access to the wifi since it will not reach out to our boat.
Now we are both getting a little anxious as we get to the last two legs to NO. The guidebooks give you plenty to be concerned about. The weather seems like it will be OK but it is very overcast and fog is in the forecast. We always check 2-3 weather sources, Intellicast and accuweather, we can usually get the weather on the evening tv news and we listen to the NOAA forecast on the VHF. Cruising East bound from Texas allows you to gain small bit's of experience as you progress so that as you near the Harvey locks it is not so much to figure out and you can manage what comes at you.
The West Larose Bridge opened on our request Light tow traffic, we just passed one slow tow, we saw two smaller west bound sailboats, 1 was being towed by a small pontoon boat and the smaller one was from Texas. They radioed us wanting to know where they could tie up for the night but we were unable to help them with any local knowledge along this stretch. We saw two more bald eagles. One was hunting behind a tow with the laughing gulls. The hawks continue to keep watch over the ICW. The area around Lafitte is pretty with many nice waterfront homes. This would be a place to come back and visit for sure for one of the tours of the bayous and swamps in the area.