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Nov 19, 2014 - Colder than a Witch's...

It is at the Tidewater Marina on Hospital Point in Norfolk that the numbering system for the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) begins with signpost zero. But designed by some land-lubber it reads in statute miles and all our calculations are made in nautical miles. So there is always a lot of conversion going on along this trail. It was good to be on shore power Monday night because the temperature dropped some fifty degrees over the dark. We headed off early to catch the last bridge before the north lock into the Dismal Swamp route. We had to go...

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Nov 16, 2014 - Underway from Solomons

With the last Navy home football game behind us (they won 52-19) and a slight weather window we decided to head off on Sunday 16 November. Both the game and the departure were treated to an early version of the polar vortex that moved down and east. But the boat was loaded and our generator repairs were completed, so the cold weather was not going to be a problem. Jean made one final round to say farewell to our Oyster Bay friends and Bill warmed up the boat for a 0900 departure. All went well and we made good time moving down the...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Norfolk, VA - USS Bainbridge returns from deployment

Our trip to Norfolk, VA to welcome home the USS Bainbridge from a seven month deployment started on 1/13/14. We left in the sunshine, cold temperature of 34 degrees and beautiful white puffy clouds overhead. We had company on this trip as Master Lance our 11 yr old grandson joined us on his 1st trip away from home without his mom or dad. He was a great travel trooper. We didn't get too far from West River, MD as we always stop in Waldorf, MD for a good hot breakfast at Bob Evens. We were able to travel further down Rte 301S before making a...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Norfolk, Virginia

Days 242 - 248 of The Big Trip On November 1, after three days of absolutely perfect weather, in Quinby, we awoke to wind and threatened rain. Leaving Quinby, we continued south on the Virginia Eastern Shore. A couple of people thought we possibly could not cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, due to the wind. When we got to the toll booth, Clark asked what kind of winds it would take to restrict travel. The answer was, "40-45 MPH. There are no restrictions, today." The total length of the bridge-tunnel is 20 miles. It's a long, long...

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Oct 18, 2013 - The start of this year's journey.

We moved Southerly from Hampton,VA to the anchorage at Hospital Point, Portsmouth, VA this afternoon. Because we need to get through bridges and a set of locks, we wanted to be positioned for an early morning start. Factory Point is across the Elizabeth River from downtown Norfolk. We were entertained by music from the cruise ship, Carnival Glory, which was tied up at the dock at Nauticus, a maritime museum. Then we watched as the ship cast off lines and proceeded to turn around in the river (not much room, it turns around almost in its own...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Norfolk

Norfolk is home to the largest naval fleet in the world as well as the Nauticus Maritime Museum including the Battleship Wisconsin and the Douglas MacArthur Museum. Such a change from The Great Dismal Swamp! My friend, Celinda joined Jennifer here. Lars now has an all female crew as Jan Erik left the boat here. We explored the historic district and visited the Wisconsin. It is hard to appreciate how big the Wisconsin is and how huge the guns are. She was launched towards the end of 1943 and commissioned April 1944 and served in the Pacific....

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Jan 14, 2013 - The adventure begins

Sitting at Norfolk International Airport waiting to board my flight to Orlando. My Southwest flight is scheduled to depart at 7:55 and arrive in Orlando at 10:05 where I will meet the Disney Magical Express for transportation to the Disney Polynesian Resort ( my home for the next 5 days.) The plane was by no means full as all boarding passes were A. The first 15 or so positions were empty guess no preferred travelers want to leave this early. With a lot of empty seats

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Dec 1, 2012 - Timing is Everything

Our weather picture became very clear at the same time that the signatures were dry on the loans. Friday, the last day of November proved to be the perfect day to venture out into the Chesapeake and cross the Potomac mouth which can be nasty when wind and current are out of sync. There was a full moon that just dropped over the horizon as we got underway close to 0700. The bay was a glassy calm. Now, the first day out is always a tiring one; our old legs are not familiar with the roll of the deck. We chose a familiar place to anchor at...

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May 12, 2012 - We made it home!

Hi all! We left Ocracoke and anchored in the Alligator River for the night. Then we headed to Elizabeth City, NC and stayed there an extra night. Then through the Dismal Swamp Canal to Hospital Point anchorage in Norfolk. And then from Norfolk to home. We made it in time for me to celebrate Mother's Day and my birthday with family and friends. It was terrific! It will take some time to get back to the old grind but for now I am enjoying life with flush toilets and long showers! Hope all is well with you and yours! Thanks for stopping...

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Nov 18, 2011 - Sitting in Virginia But Heading to Maine

A DVD player and movies has been something that has kept us sane during our long hours of sitting. And sometimes its way too long. So you need things to pass the time. I really wish I had brought my jewelry making supplies. We delivered our chicken to a International Port in Norfolk, Virginia. When we picked up our trailer in Georgia, the air smelled like chicken nuggets! This plant makes cooked chicken products and then freezes them as our load temperature was set to -1 degrees. The product was being put on a ship that was going to the...

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Jun 17, 2011 - NAS Oceana Master Jet Base

NAS Oceana is where we're actually staying while in VA Beach. There is no training here. All these pilots are seasoned professionals. However, they do fly these planes day and night, even as late as 2 in the morning. Being close to the runway, the planes are getting close to the ground when they pass over the campground, so the noise is tremendous. Did manage to get a few pictures from the campground as there is no access to the runway on base. Also took pictures of the Prisoner of War Memorial here which is an eternal flame that burns...

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May 25, 2011 - Norfolk Naval Station/Oceana Naval Station

Made it to the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area where we plan to stay for a month. We're actually staying at the Oceana facility which is where the "fleet" pilots are located. These pilots are aleady highly trained and they fly missions from here. It's also the home of SEAL team 6 who was responsible for finding and eliminating Osama Bin Laden. That being the case, security is extremely high here. The commissary and Navy Exchange are not even on the base, but you can't even get into the building without showing military ID. We've only been on...

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