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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 ...
... Washington's arrival and a rousing speech imploring Williamsburg's residents to join the revolutionary militia. The girls were thrilled to see the cannons firing, emitting a sulfurous odor which reminded us of Rotorua (see Big Trip v.1). Touring the governor's palace and capitol building, we gained an appreciation for the tensions that led to Lord Dunmore's fleeing the colony with his family, and the growing movement to break away from the Crown. ...
... colonists decided it needed to be on higher ground and moved it to Williamsburg. Next it was time to travel to the Jamestown Settlement. This was a living history museum that showed what life was like in and around Jamestowne. We got to see the way of life lived by the Powhatan Native Americans as well as what it was like to live inside the Jamestowne Fort. Along the James River sat a recreation of the three boats that originally sailed ...
Drove in to eastern Virginia in the rain. It was not a bad drive, just slow because of the weather.
Arrived at Ft Eustis around 2 PM and meet with my Daughter In Law, Dawn, to get information about my camping reservations.
Set up for a 3 week stay at the ...
On May 15 we departed at 0750 for Norfolk, leaving Marsh Harbour and exiting through the northern Man-O-War ocean pass with winds from the ENE at 15-20 kts. The weather forecast looked good for a non-stop passage to the Chesapeake Bay. Accordingly, our course was a little east of north as we were "aiming" for an entry into the Gulf Stream south of Cape Hatteras. Then we'd ride the stream in the ...