Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We got 2 wonderful meals,4 wine tastings each of spanish wines plus a bottle of wine on the waterfront at Queen Ann's Revenge for 34 dollars total - I love cruising. We almost feel guilty about all the fun, and great people we are meeting, We miss everyone we left behind but we definitly would not want to miss all of the good times we are having.
We took a boat over to the Shackelford banks this AM to see the beaches and Wild horses. They are reported to have swam ashore from sinking ships before this area was populated.. They are the Outer Banks wild horses. Chris did some shelling along the beach and found quite a few.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We untied some lines and noticed huge current and wind gusts and saw the trouble some big engine boats had leaving the dock so we will stay and maybe try early in the am.I enjoyed walking before the rainstorm last night and found a creepy very old graveyard and many restored gorgeous houses but went too far out and saw Big Daddy`s Groc. And Bailbonds- I turned back there.I can see the shore where the wild ponies live but no sightings yet.This dock is pricey but free pump out,free cable tv and 3 courtesy cars help,other cruisers we have met are staying put so will have company but many empty docks here and are advertising monthly winter rate for the first time-also noted some closed storefronts here too.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Mike is lost at the tiki bar but we planned a 2 night stay so all is good-we keep docking with several of the same people headed south but most are in a big hurry now- not us-cold last night but shorts and tank top in the daytime. Beaufort on Monday.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I really loved the solitude and scenery of the Dismal Swamp and yesterday was an uplifting day at Elizabeth City,N.C. We were met by the volunteer retirees who helped us to dock at the free city dock then off to a great home cooking style restaurant-Colonial restaurant,after lunch and shopping at the book and candy and quilt stores we called the grocery store and they picked us up free and waited while we shopped, a wonderful full service store and it was so nice to have so much produce to choose from too. A store employee Maggie was our driver and such southern charm and hospitality. After this it was time for the Rose Buddies welcome at the dock where volunteers gave us female cruisers a rose and we all had beer,wine,cheese and snacks and advice on all the town has to offer. After this we were treated to the high school band giving a concert at the docks-what a nice finish to the day. We also got more advice from seasoned cruisers and decided with bad weather tomorrow to head out after breakfast today. I have been worried about this crossing, shallow water that kicks up fast but we had a calm crossing although another bigger boat that left with us ran aground, we have been lucky so far,I must thank Katie K. for the rosary so far so good. We are tied up just outside the Alligator Bridge at Alligator Bridge Marina where we plan to stay until the weather clears.. Chris
Monday, October 18, 2010
We left Hampton, crossed Norfolk Harbor and started down the ICW. We took the Dismal Swamp route and the only boats we saw the whole 31 miles were three boats at the Welcome Center/Rest stop that took up, the whole dock space there. The lock at the beginning of the canal was much more turbulent than any we had on the Erie Canal. We continued on and are now tied up outside the lift bridge and lock that opens tomorrow at 8:30 AM. After we lock through we will head for Elizabeth City, NC and spend the night there at one of the Free docks if available. We saw our first dolphins of the trip at Hospital Point on the Elizabeth River where the ICW starts with mile "0". We also saw "Zero to Cruising" anchored there and circled them to say hi before we continued on. We have been following them since we saw their mast supports at Hop-O-Nose Marina on the Hudson River.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
We are at Doziers Regatta Point Marina (Publishers of the Waterway Guide series of books) waiting for the winds to drop some as we don't really want to head out onto the bay with 30 knot winds forcasted. It is a nice marina, but if the wind is out of the north the winds and waves come right in the entrance channel and really rock the boats. We used the courtesy car today to go to West Marine, True Value Hardware, and the Grocery store. I did a couple of boat projects today, replaced the old 3 strand anchor line backing my chain rode with the new anchor brait that doesn't take up as much room in the anchor locker, and put depth markers on the chain and rode. We will see what the winds are tomorrow AM and hopefully we will head out for Hampton Virgina as we have a coupon for a Free night of dockage at the city Docks. After Hampton we will head for the Dismal Swamp Canal and on to Elizabeth City.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We spent the last night on the hook off the Calvert Marine Museum last night, it was a nice and protected Anchorage. We left at first light and had a fast run with 10 to 15 MPH North winds behind us all the way down to Deltaville VA. I did manage to scramble the cabin as I turned to the East preparing to enter Deltaville, and the seas were 3 to 5ft on the beam. The entrance was only 10' but we had no problem following it, I would not want to do it in the dark. We had a wonderful meal of Pasta, Green beans, and Harpersfield Wine to complete a wonderful day on the water. As the weather is supposed to deteriorate over the next few days we took a slip at Doziers Regatta Point Marina for the next two days. Nice new marina with courtesy cars, laundry, Captains Lounge, and new showers.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
It`s been a fun 2 days,our friend Glenn came from W.Va. yesterday then John and Pat from Hanoverton,we had a great lunch-crabcakes-at Cantlers on the water.Today we caught an early cruising seminar then boat show shopping, some women get jewelry as gifts-I got a Froli sleep system,a sort of boat innerspring system.We squeezed into an afternoon talk by Bob Bitchen of Latitudes and Attitudes magazines,the talk was funny and was all about sailing ordeals that afterwards are not horrific but great stories to be told over drinks-a positive attitude seminar really and great tales.We had lunch at the Fleet Club with Curtiss,Cula,Louie,Ray and Debbie an caught up on our marina news and of their families.Tonight we ran into friends Betty,Chuck,Sandy and Bill who are from our old marina-so much fun trading tales over food at Buddys.I also got a seat to elevate me while I steer-won`t have to tiptoe to see when driving now.Tummy full,legs tired,wallet slimmer-off to bed.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I went to the laundry early today and couldn`t believe how crazy busy the waterfront is already-boat show starts in the am -vip day.I managed to get the laundry done without the pervert who talks about panties that was there the last two times. I also am tired of the bus this week-seems the mayor laid off all but one bus mechanic so few buses to serve the city-it was like the videos from third world countries with people crammed in every inch and some fat lady gets on and plops onto me leaving me pinched until my stop- it is really time for me to move on.On a lighter note we had a meeting for the ssca cruising group and met some great cruising people and came back via the electric car that services restaurants and hotels free.We polished off some peach crisp I made today and are crashing early hoping to meet up with Ohio friends tommorrow. chris
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Yesterday we went to the local medical clinic and they helped us set up a cruising first aid kit with all of the supplies and medications we might need for cruising emergencies. We learned about this service from the safety at sea seminar that we attended at West Marine last weekend. The town is starting to get ready for the show, some tents are starting to be erected, and we are seeing and meeting more cruisers arriving in town. A couple of cruisers that are also heading to the Bahamas just arrived here at the boatyard and we hope to talk to them in the next couple of days. We found out from another couple of cruisers that the boat show hires some cruisers to help setup and work the entrances and they get in to the show free, so we will have to look into that next year. I will try and get some pictures as the docks and boats start getting set up for the show. Chris cooked a great pasta meal tonight and we had some great Washington State wine from the Icle Ridge Winery in Leavenworth tonight and things couldn't be better.