Leaving Carolina Beach State Park, we traveled the rest of the way to Virginia only challenged by the normal travel issues – that is of weather, shallow water, tidal currents and waves. We spent a day in Wrightsville Beach although it was only a short run from Carolina Beach State Park. We just wanted to spend a day there.
From there for the remainder of the trip to the Chesapeake, it was travel most of the day, find a good place to stop at night and the more travel the next day. The weather cooperated most of the time. We had very little rain and no real hot or cold weather. We spent one night in a marina at Morehead City, since no suitable anchoring spots were available. The only real challenge between there and the Chesapeake was the Albemarle Sound, where the wind was blowing over 20 and the waves were four to five feet with short period – what I call square waves. The two or three-hour trip across the Sound was not pleasant, but we survived with no ill effects.
As we approached Norfolk, the change in scenery was dramatic. We went from marshes and cypress swamps with little sign of civilization to an abrupt change with lots of houses, commercial buildings, industrial areas and other obvious signs of civilization. The ICW became busy with barges pushed by tugs and other boats all waiting for each Bridge.
We spent a night at mile marker 0 of the ICW at Hospital Point across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk. We had great views of the cityscape, tugs, pleasure boats and ships going by from there. The next morning heading up the Elizabeth River into the Chesapeake, we saw more tugs; we also passed a couple of ships and the part of the Atlantic Fleet that was in port – very impressive.
Our time in the Chesapeake was pleasant and of short duration as we motor-sailed up to Mobjack Bay and then the Severn River to Severn River Marina to haul the boat, paint the bottom wax the hull and solve some other issues. We lived here for a few years and enjoyed our time in this peaceful setting.
At this point the bottom is painted, but we found blisters for the first time. (We will be required to address them on our next haul out.)
We still had projects to address once we got the boat back in the water earlier this week. These included replacing the halyard and anchor light. (Sandra noted when she was up the mast that the current light was cracked.) Our outboard is overheating and the problem, it seems, won’t be addressed till we get to Maine. I also got the new exhaust elbow installed and changed the engine oil and fuel filters. We want to eliminate as many potential issues as possible.
Since these are now completed and the weather will cooperate to let us leave in à days. We will continue our journey north to Maine, heading up the Chesapeake as the first leg of that journey.
Our visit with our daughter Jenn was short, since she was as busy as we were. Hampton Roads Academy is arriving at the end of the school year, giving her lots of end-of-year activity. We’ll get to visit her more when she accompanies us during part of our NE travel. Although we spent less time with her than we would have liked, she was a lifesaver, letting us use her car for numerous errands related to the boat work in addition to doctor appointments and provisioning for the upcoming travel.
As always, I end this with an assurance of more to come.