Tuesday, October 20, 2010
On our way! After the sink/faucet repairs were completed at 6 PM on Monday, we decided to bolt....been tied to a dock way too long. Up early, eager to pull out, even without any major planning, we headed out in great weather (cold to get warmer). Ah, the sun sparkling on the water, boats all around, birds all over and Finally Fun smoothly cutting through the water...so good to be underway......I could cruise forever.
Over the next 5 hours cruising toward Solomon's Island, our overnight anchorage, I figured out a plan for the next few months and especially for the next few weeks. We will kill time sightseeing in VA as we can't go further south than Cape Hattaras, NC til 11/2, due to insurance requirements and the hurricane season. (See our itinerary for plans). Given that most boats have the same restriction, we are keeping our eyes peeled for friends we've met along the way -- many boats headed south this time of year. Given that, I've planned our trip for early afternoon stops to ensure we will have swing room at anchorages.
|Love the sunsets at anchor!|
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Ahh, another beautiful day - pulled anchor at 8:45 AM, cruising a long day to York, VA, actually on the York River and home of the historic 'triangle' of York, Jamestown & Williamsburg. We grabbed a mooring ball just as it was getting very dark ( I FINALLY found it in the water -- started to worry!) at River Landing in York just to spend the night for $25 vs about $90. We'll move into their marina tomorrow early so we can play and sight see...too much trouble to do that from the dink and have to worry about losing power while we are gone for who knows how many hours out 'playing'.
|Coming into Yorktown at dusk|
Bah, gremlins still inhabit this boat that I am certainly having a love/hate relationship with. The RayMarine Chart Plotter that has given us nothing but trouble since DAY ONE and that no one can fix - in spite of being sent back TWICE, failed again. Failed 6 times while underway after not failing all day yesterday - the first day it was in operation since being returned as 'fixed' by RayMarine.
|Finally Fun almost alone in the marina at Yorktown|
Thursday & Friday, October 22 & 23, 2009
Relaxing, enjoyable days sightseeing in York & Williamsburg...and so easy to do. This Triangle of historic sights has trolleys and a shuttle bus to hop on/off of all day long so no hassles with transportation.
|Note the hole in the building from the battle|
|Click to enlarge & read about the battle|
|The bunkers & Redoubt 10|
|River Landing Marina at Yorktown|
We hope to be off in the very early morning at first light, trying to beat out bad weather that is predicted for tomorrow. We plan to hunker down at the military marina at the Norfolk Naval Base for one or two days and see if our Insurance Company will give us a waiver to head south a few days before the 11/1 date.....We need to beat out a bridge closing just north of Charleston that will give us a potential problem getting southbound....Andy doesn't like cruising in the ocean, given his last hurling experience.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Up and headed down the York River back to Chesapeake Bay by 7:15 AM, in hopes of beating the bad weather predicted. Here we now sit at the military Norfolk Naval Base many hours later and no storm in sight. An uneventful cruise here, taking about 4 hours and not the heavier seas predicted. Surprise, we are in exactly the same T dock we were in last year when we were here!
|Andy's nephew David, Andy, Brother George, Sister in Law Jill & Sharon|
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Ugh. Cold, rainy, dreary. We spent the day being lazy and doing not much of anything given the ick weather. We celebrated Andy's 70th birthday today - I made two of his favorite foods: pasta & eggplant, combining them into a very tasty dish with lots of garlic that I roasted. I made brownies, to pretend it was a cake.
His gift from me is a trip to Poland and Russia, given that where he was born, Grodno, is now in Russia as they stole the land in 1939, the year he was born. He and his Mom were put on a train to Siberia by the Russians where they lived for several years doing slave type work in the coal mines. Irena was a nurse by training so that kept her out of the mines. At any rate, we shall depart in early May for about 3 weeks in search of relatives and roots. We'll leave the boat in Jacksonville for the month while we head overseas. A good day, in spite of the rain.