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

May 9, 2016

May 8 – Great Bridge, VA

Great Bridge Historical Park Free Dock

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” —Dalai Lama

Great Bridge is one of my favorite places to sit and relax. I love to watch the show of boat on the river…the bridge opens on the hour so you know exactly when each performance is going to take place. The bridge blows a horn to warn all that it is about to open then it lowers the barrier arms to stop traffic and the show begins. Everything from small fishing boats to huge yachts, tugs and barges parade by. Through the years we’ve spent a lot of time here and the show never gets old.

We usually dock at Atlantic Yacht Basin, but this year it has been very busy, plus last week’s weather was incredible horrible in the Chesapeake, so boats haven’t been moving, so they didn’t have room for us on the outside wall. They told us there was plenty of space in the sheds, but we’ve been there before…I really didn’t want to do that again. The sheds are a great place to store your boat, but not fun when you are on it. They are dark, filled with spiders and none of our electronic work under the metal roof. Sorry we said “no thanks” and took a spot on the free wall across the river. It seems like a great spot to me, we have a front row sit to all the action by the bridge and it was FREE. The docks are fairly new and located in the Great Bridge Historical Park. It’s a beautiful area with easy access to stores and restaurants and there are hiking trails just steps from the boat.

The weather was perfect and it was a wonderful Mother’s Day relaxing on the boat, watching the boats go by and having a nice lunch out. The best part of my day was talking our grandwonders on video chats…it’s the only way we can survive being away from them. I think we get just as excited as they do to see each other…they are definitely the highlight of our lives.

The Pearl on the free dock 
Our view of the park
Friends on Amici going home
Bridge opening
Friends on Hein Site moving north
Happy hour on the flybridge
Grilled tuna salad and broccoli for dinner
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