Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront South
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Survived a wild ride down the bay. Some of the roughest conditions we have experienced on the Chesapeake. Big waves. 30+ kt winds and lots of driving rain. Enjoyed our new cockpit enclosures as well as the heater we installed below. The AIS system which allowed us to identify ships during the night was a big help.
Navy ships don't use AIS so we slowed to enter Hampton Roads after sunrise. Still, with heavy ...
... 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 ...
... taking us into Virginia Beach, Virginia. Very interesting bridge, you start off driving on the bridge, then enter the first tunnel, then more bridge into another tunnel, then more bridge into Virginia Beach. Absolutely awesome! This bridge tunnel is one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. Plan to spend the next few days here at Virginia Beach. Yay, ...
... br> We accomplished our non-stop passage plan, arriving at Willoughby Bay, Norfolk, VA on May 19 at 1205, and dropping anchor just outside Willoughby Harbor Marina. Distance of the passage was 660nm over 4 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes for an average speed of 6.6 kts. Pretty typical for our offshore passages.
Arriving in Norfolk, our plan had been to take Jim ashore in the dinghy to his ...
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My pack was a little larger than the size of a brown paper bag, so just the essentials. Five tops, two skirts, one fleece, and a pair of jeans … basically enough clothes to last a week and then it was time to do laundry! I missed having a portable music device the most.
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