"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

October 25, 2014

Oct. 24 – Gulfport, MS

Gulfport Small Craft Harbor

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” ― Leon J. Suenes

Wow...what a night. Our nice little anchorage turned into a carnival ride that lasted all night long. Wind predictions on all our weather apps called for light winds...I guess they forgot to tell the wind. Our evening was very nice, but by the time we went to bed the waves were slapping the haul and we were bouncing. The only place we could find an accurate reading was a weather station located at Fort Morgan...15 knots. It was a VERY long night. By this morning we were both ready to get moving...even if Mobile Bay was rough. It turned out to be more comfortable then the anchorage and by the time we got to the Mississippi Sound it was a very smooth ride. Another wonderful day to be on the water.

We're back to oil platforms, barges and large tankers. Once you begin to cross Mobile Bay...pleasure cruising is left behind. We may see a few sailboats and even a few large fishing boats, but from here to Texas there won't be many, if any, trawlers or motor yachts. Our choices of anchorage and marines will also be limited...very limited in some area. This maybe our last marina until we get home so we took advantage of getting a few things we needed…fuel, oil, a pump out and water. It’s amazing how fast you can spend money when you fuel up a boat and buy oil. This area of the coast was devastated by hurricane Katrina, but the town of Gulfport has done a great job of rebuilding this municipal marina. It's one of the most modern marinas we have ever stayed in…too bad we don’t have more time to enjoy it and explore the town.
Our views this evening

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