Fairhope is a little gem on the eastern shores of Mobile Bay. We only intended to stay three nights but the weather turned nasty so we stayed an extra night.
Fairhope is not a bad place to have a layover. Mind you – it is expensive! Mark had his iPad fixed after shattering the glass on the flybridge and we then ended up buying two new US phones. The quaint town is easily walkable with pretty little shops and colourful flowers lining the streets and squares. There is a French Quarter and a lovely pier to watch sunsets.
Bushranger is currently berthed at the Fairhope Yacht Club. It has a beautiful clubhouse (picture above) which arose from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina. Each evening we enjoy sundowners on the southern-style porch in rocking chairs, soaking up the ambiance. We ‘discovered’ a rustic restaurant on Fly Creek, quite literally 200 metres from our berth, which serves the best Bouillabaisse.
We are ready to move on tomorrow, to head down the eastern shores of Mobile Bay to The Wharf Marina on the Gulf Shores. This is on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Hoping for no wind and calm waters, but that will be up to the weather gods.
Oh! And did I mention… we made it to the Mardi Gras Museum in Mobile. We had our own docent showing us a whole lot of bling, mentioning mystic societies (hush-hush) and endless wealth. These Southerners sure know how to party!
Such is Life!