At 6:30 AM we started pulling up anchor. I get anchor duty and the bottom of Taylor Outfall is muddy! Our trip line tangled in the anchor and even with hosing off the anchor chain as it came up, along with wrestling with the trip lie, I had mud all over my pants, my jacket, and spots all over me. Lovely job, but someone has to do it!
Another cattle roundup!
Donkeys near Siever's Cut
This tow just did not want us to get around him and he was not very nice. He would not slow down, and at one point when we were trying to get around, another tow started up towards us so we had to back down and he forced us aground because of all the tows blocking the waterway. I think this was our most stressfull day! It was like we were on a freeway with all 18 wheelers. The tows were stopped everywhere and alot of them were holding their barges in to the shoreline, perpendicular to the barge, throwing out a lot of prop wash. Open spots for them were very slim and they were starting to double up. At some spots it was very difficult to manuever around them safely. We have noticed that the newer tows are bigger than before and they are pushing more and longer barges, single and double wide. If this is what the intracoastal is becoming, I feel sorry for pleasure cruisers because it's just not safe.
Galveston Bay, heading home! Thank goodness the wind was on the nose and we had a good current with us all the way. I think Galveston Bay has been the worst open water this whole trip. It never fails, either leaving or coming home we would always have one not-so-good Galveston Bay passage.
Kemah bridge! we are almost home!
As we pulled into our slip at Portofino Harbour Marina and Yacht Club, we were met by Travis, Dan and Dawn to help us tie up. What a great homecoming! On this trip we were away about three and a half months and we traveled about 1300 hundred statute miles. Now it's time to clean the boat up, fix some things, add some things and take care of our house. Until Next Time!!!!!!