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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We left Ocracoke very early we had a long run ahead of us and the skies were building with storms and we would be running in all open water .We departed with both ferries on our stern but was able to beat them out of the channel before they could throw us a big wake.The first body of water would be the Northern end of the Pamlico sound that runs off of Cape Hatteras then we had the Croatan Sound then we would meet the icw on the Albermarle sound.About an hour into our trip the radar was picking up severe storms on both sides so we tried to out run them to no avail.We were caught in the middle of pouring rain and wind and no visibility so it really slowed us down and we had to be very cautious Once the storms passed we were able to make up time our next obstacles would be all the bridges and locks into Norfolk.Most are on a schedule or demand others are restricted(CLOSED COMPLETELY FOR SEVERAL HOURS) In the sounds we were pretty much running alone and plenty of room for passing boats but as we connected to the icw there were boats everywhere.All the bridge openings were stacked up North and South bound traffic and the lock crowded as many boats as safely possible on port and starboard ties.Finally we reached Norfolk and decided to take a berth in the downtown docks called WATERSIDE.A very long day but goal accomplished.We love Norfolk--there is a waterfront mall and restaurants,a paddle wheel water taxi to take you across the Elizabeth River to Portsmouth and back to Norfolk all for $1.00 unless you are a senior citizen then it is $.50.There is a beautiful waterfront park,lots of neat shops,restaurants and local pubs on all the downtown streets.Great grocery shopping at the NEW MARKET.They are in the process of having the first TIDE LIGHT RAIL TRAINS.They have STREET AMBASSADORS that walk all the streets with the Eponic street level wayfinding system and you recognize them with their white uniform tops,Khaki pants and Safari hats---they will help you find whatever you need by using their Eponics-----really cool.It is the home of the Norfolk Naval Station---lots of Navy destroyers and aircraft carriers.A very restricted cruising area.If you get too close there will be a patrol boat to greet you.They are always having live maneuvers so you have to listen closely to the radio or else you might hear them calling you to change course immediately to avoid death or damage to your vessel.Lots of history,museums,art and culture lots--lots to do and see.FUN-CLEAN-SAFE a must visit.Our next stop will be Deltaville,Va.We have made it to the Chesapeake again and it would take a life time to see all it has to offer---all the creeks,rivers,anchorages and water front towns.AND I caught my first CRAB today---YUM---BLUE CRAB .
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