Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011 Veteran's Day

We had a peaceful night tied to the fuel dock at Dog River Marina.  Lady Chateau from Stillwater cruised in about 7 PM or so last night.  She's on her way to Fort Lauderdale for the winter where she'll provide dinner cruises, but Randy is having her hauled out here to have the bottom painted and a couple of fiberglass blisters fixed.  Here's the website with more information about this gorgeous boat  

As I was having my breakfast and Joe was working on the swim platform, this real working shrimp boat came into the marina.

 This fellow standing at the back of the boat is sorting shrimp.
Fresh Shrimp!  Linda Besk said that they buy the shrimp right off the boat here so I was excited.  Unfortunately, it was too far over for me to walk and Joe had to keep working on what he was doing.  When he was finally able to take a break, he walked over there but no one was around.
No fresh shrimp for us.  =0/

"cbay" came in to the marina this morning with this banner proudly displayed. 

Joe had to get oil for the engines, so we borrowed a courtesy car again and went to Wal-Mart for oil and groceries.  It was pretty embarassing for Joe when our credit card was declined because Bank of America thought we were having fraudulent charges on our card because of all of the large purchases from out of state.  Fortunately, the American Express card went through and we got things straightened out with Bank of America.

Lots of fisherman in all kinds of vessels were on the river just outside our boat.


Jackie and Brian Smillie cruised in on "Gotta Smile" today, so we arranged to go out for dinner with them.  We went to Wintzell's Oyster House near the airport and it was packed.  The reason we went there--and why it was packed--was because they have a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 pm with raw oysters at $5/dozen.  Joe and I each got a dozen, and Brian and Jackie shared a dozen.  YUMMMM!
Another great day in Paradise.
Tomorrow we leave and head over to Gulf Shores, AL and Lulu's Restaurant owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister.  We're going to start taking it a little easier and enjoy the panhandle area for a few days.  Hopefully we'll have good internet coverage.

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