Fair Hope Alabama

Ambler Isle
V and S
Wed 3 Nov 2010 17:41
30 31 403N
087 54 866W

We left the Mobile Bay shipping channel at our usual spot between red markers 73 and 74 heading southeast for Fair Hope.  This confuses the ships passing us and they always call to warn us of low water.  But the turnoff is a good one, and soon we were cruising in 8' water. Our first dolphin sighting was icing on the cake.  Some10 miles later we were at the entry to Fly Creek.  The Fair Hope Yacht Club is here.  Though a very old, established club, it is very low key and very friendly.  We try to stop there everytime we pass.  Hurricane Ivan leveled the old club and they now have a big club house, pool, and all the amenities.  But is it still a small sailboat club at heart.  They directed us to the t-dock.  Before we could get tied up, 6 members had wandered over to greet us and welcome us to the club. One offered his power station.   When I asked another about Margaret, a woman we'd met numerous times, he became very excited.  Margaret was at the docks, washing her sailboat.  They'd had coffee together just that morning.  Soon Margaret was at the Amber Isle, setting up dinner arrangements for that night.  Margaret was the town doctor.  Inside at the clubhouse bar we were greeted warmly by Sue; she'd been tending bar there for years.  Next we went to see Pat, the manager to register our stay.  There was no charge, due to our Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club membership.  Did we need her car to go to town?  Back at the bar we were invited to join the 4:00 Club, a group of members who gathered for happy hour everyday.  They treated us like old friends, too.  And insisted we come back the next day.  That second day we dined at the club house restaurant, again with Margaret.  She asked a widower man to join us.  In the end, our meal was placed on his tab, and although we insisted upon paying, he refused.  Said the company was worth it.  What a wonderful, loving place.  We were sad to leave.  But the Gulf of Mexico beckoned.