We arrived at our waterside camping spot, greeted by four allegators patrolling the shore. On most mornings they are there sunning in the shallow waters of Ducker Bay, which is a smaller part of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.
This is the little sister to the larger Mississippi River Delta. It is home to a massive amount of flora and fauna, including those alligators, who prefer the shallow water and mud bottoms that make it easer to catch fish. Better the fish than us.
Knowing nothing about this area we decided to take one of the several city tours which provide a good overview of Mobile. We took the Trolly Tour with Gulf Coast Tours, hopping aboard at the Fort Conde visitors center.
We spent the morning getting an overview of Mobile's historic districts, as well as finding our city bearings. After the tour, we walked the neighborhoods, finding our way to Callihan's Irish Social Club, established 1946.
My Bride had a burger and a Fat Tire, I had a Shrimp Po Boy and a Guiness. How good those beers tasted in the south Alabama heat!
|Mardi Gras Park|
|Hernando de Soto in Beads|
|Queen Isabella in Beads|
We strolled the Church Street Graveyard where some of the first settlers are buried following a yellow fever outbreak. Many of the tombs are above ground crypts.
I don't know if that was because it was their custom or because of a high water table.
In any event, it was a peaceful place to walk.