"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 29, 2011

Sept. 28 - Hampton, VA

Day 194 - Last Night on the Hook
Hampton River - Anchorage

We woke up to thunder, but luckily we only had a light shower. We checked the weather and knew it should be clear most of the day, so we pulled out around 8:00. We had another 50+ miles day and are now anchored in Hampton near the city dock. We passed familiar areas that we'd seen last July on our way up the Chesapeake. We had a great time exploring the Chesapeake Bay, it is a beautiful place. We were greeted by five dolphins as we got close to the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. It was wonderful to see them again...I really missed them. Pam and Don are also anchored here on their boat Gallivant.

The weather report called for rain around 3:30....and they were right. Just as we anchored the sky turned very dark...we dropped the hook and got everything off the flybridge just as it began to rain. We had a beautiful cruising day, with lots of sunshine so I guess I can't complain. We had to wait for the storms to pass before we could all go to town for dinner. We dinghied ashore and had dinner at the Taphouse Bar & Grill. Great food and company. If the weather cooperates we will have a short, but busy day tomorrow and be back in Great BridgeThe Pearl's home for the winter.

The dolphins welcomed us back
Old Point Comfort Lighthouse is located on the grounds of Fort Monroe in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay. It is the second oldest light in the bay and the oldest still in use.
Fort Monroe guarded the navigational channel between the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads—the natural roadstead at the confluence of the Elizabeth, the Nansemond and the James rivers.
Part of Hampton University located in Hampton, VA
Waterman dock in Hampton
Our view for the night
Stan and Don on the way to dinner
Tabhouse Bar & Grill...all our meals were wonderful

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