Champ III: Going Places

The adventure starts here.

Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL

Morning had a few clouds but mostly sunny and warming to mid 70’s. It is forecast to rain and thundershowers later this afternoon and evening.
We are now in the Gulf Intercoastal Water Way (GIWW). Stopped for lunch with a boat we are traveling with, at least during the day, 2 If By C. They are from Cincinnati area. The lunch place was Lulu’s. She is Jimmy Buffett’s sister but we did not see Lulu or Jimmy. I did have a Cheesburger in Paridise and it was pretty good.
The marina we planned on staying at, Bear’s Point, said they could put us on the outside wall but it would be rough. They had damage and most of the regular transient slips have seasonal boats in them. The lady suggest several other marinas including the Wharf. We really appreciated her honesty.
The Wharf Marina is connected to a village of shops with a 15 screen theater and at least 6 different restaurants. They also have about 80 condo’s and all the condo’s are sold. The docks are all floating docks and some of the nicest docks we have seen so far and in great condition for being open for 6 years.
I will need to look at the waterway guides to see how far we want to travel tomorrow but we are moving east to jump across the Florida Big Bend from Carrabelle. Carrabelle is probably still 230 miles east from the Wharf Marina.
The first picture today is at Dog River and the turning pelican. He is a little hard to see but he sits on the pile and that is where you turn for the gas dock and they use him in the directions they give incoming boaters.
The other pictures are from Lulu’s on the GIWW. They have entertainment every night and getting there at 11:30 am was not full of noisy crowds. Of course that was OK with us but it is quite a place.