|Louisiana's Mermentau crosses the GIWW|
|Tree lined ICW|
Looks like this is going to be easier than I thought. Still, I powered down a bit to inch my way out of the more certain depths of the ICW and into the unknown river. It helps that the high winds that are normal back home, just do not exist here...
|Our final mark in the distance|
That tree line in the picture is the backdrop for our anchorage tonight.
The Active Captain notes said to drop anchor in 10 feet. With wind sowing from the East that would have worked. We found that the depths went very quickly from 20 to 10 to 4 ft.
|The Hyacinth Pond|
We pulled up the anchor and went back out to 17 ft and did it all over again. Things looked much better now and we were all set to relax and enjoy the still hush of this place.
Meerschaum bowl. The pipe is almost as old as I am and the tobacco is probably as old as my children...
He saves this for special occasions and this just seemed like one of those.
I really did want to get over there and weave in and out of those roots and check out the hyacinth pond off to our right.
We would rock gently for a few moments then the stillness would return. I imagine them out there hunting alligators in the night.
We slept well and I woke up in the morning excited to get on with our dinghy ride.
With so many of our movements determined or influenced by the weather conditions, this is a time of forced inactivity.
We whiled away the morning in peace, enjoying watching the ever changing nuances of this rare scene. This is an aspect of Cruising life to which we will have no trouble adjusting...
So... I didn't get to go on an alligator hunt. It's probably a good thing as I'm sure our inflatable boat would be no match for a disturbed gator. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of the Mermentau River, don't pass up the chance to stay an extra day.