Saturday, May 15, 2010

05/15/2010 - Mobile River

Launch: Causeway Boat Ramp (just west of Oysterella's restaurant)
Destination: Mobile River Loop

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1) Sunrise while kayaking on the water sure is sweet.

2) The north and south ends of Spanish River have oil booms in place to be able to completely span the river if needed.

3) A few trees blocked the wind on Spanish River making for smoother waters.

4) A tugboat in Mobile River seen across marsh grasses.

5) You often see negative assessments on this blog about waterways such as Bayou la Batre. To be fair, here is a positive report today.

6) Mobile River is a industrial river full of big ships, fuel services, and even petroleum storage facilities. Not once in the many times kayaking down Mobile River have I ever seen any petroleum sheens on the water. The companies along the river as well as tugboat and ship operators deserve great praise for their professionalism and care for the environment. Thank you very much!

7) Dredge pipes.

8) This is the ship Onego Monsoon loading or unloading lumber. The port of Mobile moved 135,200,000,000 pounds of cargo in 2008 according to an internet article. Wow! This waterway is remarkably clean for having moved that amount cargo.

9) City of Mobile skyline seen from beautiful Mobile River.

10) Passengers disembark from the Carnival cruise ship Fantasy. Can you see the two people painting the ship?

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