We lost our favorite travel companion Lucy. She finally succumbed to renal failure. She died in her sleep. We will miss her.
Our next stop after leaving Saint Michael's was Solomons Island. About the time we arrived Rudy began having a tooth ache. Thought it was a need for a root canal, but it turned out to be a broken tooth which had to be pulled. The problem was finding a dentist and then obtaining transportation. We ended up renting a car and used this time to do a little shopping and touring.
This is a picture of the marina, Zahniser's. Located in a great spot with many places to walk.
Left Solomans Island and continued south back to Norfork, Va. The last stop in Norfork took us to the north side where we visited with two great people, Jack and Kirk Clarkson. This time we docked at the city docks in the main part of Norfork. We took this time to visit many of the attraction Norfork has to offer.
This is a picture from our dock overlooking a great park and facilities at the dock.
Picture of the Nauticus museum where the battle ship Wisconsin is docked.
Cona on tour of the battle ship.
Rudy in the battle station on board the battle ship.
Another look at the deck of the battle ship and Norfork in the back ground.
The captain and the admiral in front of the largest warship guns ever used.
Found this pretty mermaid while on tour of the museum.
Cona's toy store in Norfork.
This is a picture of a church that was hit by a British cannon ball during the revolution.
Church where cannon ball hit. You can see the hit here locate in the bright spot.
Around Norfork, are mermaids that are decorated by local organizations and or business.
Another picture of the hole caused by the cannon ball shot by the British.
Art work in the Chrysler museum.
This is a building donated to Norfork from Thia land now a restaurant.
Another picture of the battle ship.
Norfork at night from our boat.
On the swamp following a sail boat.
The swamp was narrow as this picture shows.
We had to dock mid way through the swamp. There was limited space as you see by this picture. We had to raft among the other boats.
After coming out of the swamp we docked in Elizabeth city. We had to call for bridge opening coming to the city. As we passed under the bridge the bridge tender radioed us to come the tender building after docking.
We thought we had committed some violation. Rudy went to the bridge and was called up to the tower. It turned out the tender just wanted to talk. He offer us his truck if we need to pick up groceries or go to a restaurant to far to walk. He was just a friendly person and had a lot of stories to tell and I think was bored and liked to visit. Glad to have had the opportunity.
Down town Elizabeth City.
Free dock at the foot of the city.
We visited the museum and of course there was the connection of the city with Black Beard.
We left Elizabeth City and headed closer to home port. This leg turned out to be interesting. As Rudy was under way and studying the chars he read a caution about the route he had charted. The planed course took us though a channel with warning of snags and debris. As we had come through the swamp where we hit a couple of snags and were lucky not to have any damage, we didn't want to go through the again. So we change course and headed for Plemico Sound and to Oriental. It took longer than anticipated and we had to increase our speed and using more fuel. We needed to make port before dark however we were using more fuel than planed. Would we make it before dark or run out of fuel? Well we made at sun down with just enough light to dock and had about 3 hours of fuel left.
We had two good days at the marina leaving the second day for Morehead City. As we wanted to make Charleston in time to be with our grandson on his birthday, we pushed ahead at greater speed making 60 or more miles per day.
We made it through Camp Lajune with no delays. As it was Sunday the Marines were not having exercises and the tide was high so we made good time.
One more stop in Mytle Beach. To make Charleston in one day we had to leave Mytle early. We woke up to heave fog, delayed departure an hour the left. However the fog hung in and we had to use the fog horn, move slowly, listening for other boats until the fog lifted. Once clear to open the throttle and moved at 25 knots and made Charleston before dark.
Here we stay for the winter and will visit children for Christmas, Finns Birthday, back to the boat for haul out and bottom job, visit Cona's brothers and prepared for departure April 13 for Canada.