Country Inn & Suites Hampton
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... for poor visibility we were ducking in and out of the channel to avoid Navy traffic.
During the trip down anything that wasn't fastened down below ended up on the floor in the salon. Left Annapolis at 2 Monday and arrived at Top Rack Marina at about 2 this afternoon. Rewarded ourselves with a great dinner out at the Amber Lantern Restaurant. Early to bed. Up at 5:30 tomorrow to get underway at first light.
... As we approached Virginia Beach we were buzzed by FA 18's fighter jets overhead! We soon found out we were camped near the Navel Air Station Oceana, the only Jet Base on the East Coast. We were serenaded with their daily training flights - or the sound of freedom! One night we had helicopters (I think) overhead until 1:30am YES in the middle of the night! They seem to be doing circuits for hours & hours. Needless to say we were not thrilled ...
... Eric. I was grateful that I could be here in Virginia on this special day.
We gathered at the Community Center for the Retirement Party. Brats, Dogs and Burgers were the main course with pasta salad and potato salad that Dawn prepared. There was also good cold beer thanks to Grandson, Justin. Everyone had a great time, talking about good memories and times together. We got a game of the Cornhole Game started and that stayed active ...
... but soon after dropping anchor we got a phone call from local friend John (S/V Alize), who keeps his boat in the marina. He was on the marina dock and advised us that a US Customs and Border Patrol officer was also waiting for us. We had called into CBP as required upon entering the Chesapeake, but were not informed they wanted to see us or board Pas de Deux upon landfall. No matter. Since ...
... now concerned it could be a 2+ hour delay and if bridge is severely delayed, we may have to back track, change nav courses and make a pass through the “Dismal Swamp”. Open ocean not an option. Fortunately for us, electrician arrived within 20 minutes and must have flipped the breaker back on as he didn’t even get out a tool box and the bridge was rotating for us to ...