Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fairhope Alabama November 15th

It was very cold and cloudy as we arrived in Fair Hope. Alabama. Bill and I walked the pier but it was so cold we decided to go for coffee and warmth. Had coffee at Page and Palette  By the time our coffee was finished the sun was out it was warmer and so we shopped in all the cute little shops, toured their museum, visited with local folks about the towns history. Then Bill and I had the most awesome sandwiches at Paninni Pete's. It has a claim to fame that it was on Diners, drivins and dives with Guy.

We ate Lunch at Paninni Pete's it was crowded and was very good food.
We retraced our steps and bought the things we wanted.
I love these blue and white dishes- so I bought them.
I love cooking and making dinners enjoyable.
Fair Hope would be a good place to live. Bill and I had fun! We returned to Proud Lady we have had so much fun the last 2 days, but tomorrow we have to clean and do laundry.
See the ladder? that is how we get into the boat while on land. 

A short review of this week November 10 thru November 17 th

Saturday- Birmingham, Aabama visited with Karen and Paul. Thanks to Karen's hospitality we did 2 small loads of whites and colored laundry. Bill and I toured their beautiful home and caught up on telling all about the trip down the river.
Sunday- Visited more with Paul and Karen, ate at the Firehouse deli, then toured Night Owl Paper goods, owned by a niece Jennifer.  Then we returned to Dog River Marina ate supper at Cracker Barrel on our way home. When we returned, this was our first ever high tide, we had to get a ladder to get into the boat the water was so high.
Monday-Low tide today had to wait for water to rise, moved the ladder into the boat to get in and out. Latter that evening, we ate dinner with 14 other loopers at Felix's fish camp. It was Joyce's birthday, Joyce and Bill are cruising on "Carried Away" (see pic above). 
Tuesday- Water was high enough to have Proud Lady pulled out to prep her for salt water by new bottom paint, prepare the props and add zincs. I did  load of towels at the marina laundry. Ate at a pot luck with other loopers, I took tortilla soup and chips. Most of this group are leaving to resume the trip tomorrow, Wednesday morning. It was so fun to visit with others. 
Wednesday- Toured the USS Alabama, then returned to the Marina climbed aboard Proud Lady, made a "Pasta House" salad and ate dinner with  Ross and Laura aboard "THE ZONE". Ross grilled chicken, we had a nice visit Laura and Ross are leaving to tour New Orleans the they will go to Laura's parents for Thanksgiving.

Thursday- Visited Fair Hope, Alabama. ate leftover tortilla soup and chips for supper, we were so tired and cold we slept early. Early to bed early to rise, makes us wise!
Friday- Today, we have to return the rental car so we caught up on laundry, 6 loads of laundry, bedding and shower curtain at a nice clean laundry near the marina. We shopped at a nearby grocery then returned to the marina to unload our laundry and grocery goods before returning the car to enterprise. Kudos for enterprise! It was a nice economy car, enterprise picked us up and brought us back to the marina, we will rent from them again when we need to, it was good service and  everyone was very polite. 
Saturday- Bill and I cleaned the boat inside and oiled more of the teak there is always something to clean, always teak to oil, always repairs to do. Bill caulked areas that were needing it outside with special caulk for boats. I sure do wish the weather would get a little warmer. Tonight, we are invited with another couple from PRIME TIME, Larry and Sheryl for dinner at a local restaurant.  
I will write again soon, stay happy and healthy LOVE you all, JOY

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