We somehow managed to work our way into Homeport Marina last night by 9:30 pm. Ken, the gentleman I talked with on the phone at the marina said another sailboat had come in and we'd be docking right next to them. Very nice guy, Ken, and we thank both you and Craig for your hospitality. When we arrived at our slip, we were helped by the sailboat next to us, and lo and behold, it was our buddy partners, Jason, Wendy, Piper, and of course little Hobie, their dog; the family we met in Seabrook Marina in New Orleans! It's easy to see their boat at night, since they have Christmas lights around the cockpit. We all were glad to see each other and shared some of our stories. We have really enjoyed running into these folks in different marinas.
Homeport Marina, for those who don't know, is Lulu Buffet's place...sister of Jimmy. It's a pleasant marina, but we felt it was laid out rather wonky. It was a long, long walk to the restaurant, and the office was nearly impossible to find. However, we were just thankful to be somewhere safe after the grueling night we'd had out in Mobile Bay.
We had lunch at Lulu's Restaurant around noon on Tuesday and our waitress, Tammy, was a kick. Laid back, friendly, and full of jokes. Thanks, Tammy, for your great service and for making us feel at home.
|Tammy, our waitress.|
|The bridge you come under to turn left directly into|
the marina. Shot from the restaurant.
|Outdoor bandstand with outdoor seating.|
|Outdoor seating with sand floor|
|Paul inside the restaurant.|
|Very cool bathroom|
|Paul with his Ecuador hat on to keep off the rain|
|Entrance to Lulu's gift shop.|
|Coming out of the restaurant.|
It rained most of the...and we mostly stayed inside. Since we had our GPS fixed, we figured we would take off the next day. Our friends next to us decided to leave that morning for Pensacola, so we went out to see them off.
|Jason, Piper, and mom, Wendy, with Hobie on the dock.|
We hope to bump into our buddies again on our journey.
Next morning we got the boat ready to go and left Homeport to get back on the ICW. We had a smooth trip, which we welcomed with open arms. It's nice to have a day or so to rest from the more strenuous days. The countryside of Alabama was green and lush, with oodles of Ponderosa Pines along the banks. Next stop, Pensacola, Florida.