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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. ...
... which was cool and made him happy. We also had a live display about colonial military cooking by a man who seemed to think that all British people know how to salt meat?! We then made our way to colonial Williamsburg, which is a restored late-18th century town, which was the capital of the state. It was much bigger than we expected! There were dozens of houses, all fully restored and the whole area was set up to look as it would have done 200 years ...
... was no sign of it in the cars, the bar..nothing. But what could I do... We carried on our day. Dipan made us an adorable breakfast. He made us pancakes and actually squeezed oranged to make juice! He's such a sweetheart. We spent the rest of the day napping, going to Kristina's pool, Chipotle, Ice cream (Dipan was my sugar daddy since my wallet was lost ;). We went back to Dipans to clean up for dinner, later at Outback by the river. We moved the clothes by where I ...
... campground. It is a nice, quiet location with 21 local
TV channels and WiFi, so it should be a good stay.
Dinner tonight with the whole family. I will try to get some pictures to post this weekend.
So happy to be here with this branch of the family.