Sunday, May 22, 2011

Days 262 - 266   Waterside Marina,
Norfolk, VA      MM   0.0
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Impromptu jam session after the Rendezvous.  Betsy Johnson along with AGLCA founders Ron and Eva Stob.  

AGLCA Spring Rendezvous provided an abundance of valuable information about the trip ahead of us.  We enjoyed meeting other loopers and sharing adventures.              
Total miles:  0       Total bridges:  0        Total locks:  0

Day 261    Waterside Marina,
Norfolk, VA      MM   0.0
Friday,  May 13, 2011

Lunch with Margie and Denny at Colonial Williamsburg

State House entrance

Tour guide at the State House

 One of many colonial period street scenes

 Patriots march in Colonial Williamsburg

 Palace at Colonial Williamsburg

 Palace gardens

 Lowering the flag ceremony

Lowering the flag ceremony

Dinner at Freemason Abby

Colonial Williamsburg was our destination for the day.  It is about an hour’s drive from Norfolk.  Thanks to Margie and Denny, we were able to visit a major attraction that is not easily accessible by boat. 
Revolutionary City at Williamsburg recreates life at the time of the American Revolution.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry are among Virginia’s historical giants.  But the farmers, artisans, preachers, and others also helped build a new nation.  Williamsburg offers a glimpse into the lives of those men and women.   Short dramatizations with actors in costume take place at various sites around the village.  Actors also give tours of the buildings and speak in present tense about the Revolution.   It’s very interesting and educational. 
Williamsburg also features an amazing museum that boasts an eclectic collection of furniture, artwork, weapons, colonial clothing, the history of money, and much more.  We could have spent many hours there, but we finally caught the last bus back to the parking lot where we left the car and headed back to Norfolk. 
We had dinner at the Freemason Abby Restaurant.  A wonderful day!                       
Total miles:  0      Total bridges:  0        Total locks:  0

Day 260    Waterside Marina,
Norfolk, VA      MM   0.0
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Now that's a bow!

Denny and Jim on front deck

USS Wisconsin

Bow of USS Wisconsin

Jim, Margie, and Denny on the aft deck

Rear guns

Shell for one of the big guns and 3 powder bags

Wow!  50 miles per hour!

                                                 USS Wisconsin

It was a beautiful day to tour Norfolk with Margie and Denny.   We walked through the newly renovated Town Point Park to Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center.  It is home to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum which displays 225 years of naval history.   We discovered that this area is referred to as Hampton Roads due to so many rivers converging here.  In the 1700s when it was easier to travel by water than by land, the rivers were referred to as roads.  Since the small colony of Hampton was located here, the area became known as Hampton Roads. 
The Battleship Wisconsin is permanently docked here as part of the Nauticus Museum.  We took a self-guided tour of the top 2 decks.  Very impressive! 
The Freemason Abby is a restaurant that was renovated from a 136 year old church.  It is located in the historic Freemason District.  We enjoyed a delicious late lunch and then walked it off by touring the District which features classic turn-of-the-century homes. 
Back at the marina we introduced Margie and Denny to Becky, Carlton, Jeff, and Linda with cocktails on Seamoore.    Margie reminded us about the saying “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.” 
Total miles:  12       Total bridges:  5        Total locks:  1

Day 259   Waterside Marina,
Norfolk, VA     MM   0.0
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Norfolk mermaid
What a great day!  Our good friends Margie and Denny arrived in Norfolk.  They are driving back to the Quad Cities after spending the winter in Florida.  We last visited them in Daytona Beach (where Margie made her world-famous macaroons!)  We caught up on all of their latest adventures over dinner a Joe’s Crab Shack.                  
Total miles:   0       Total bridges:  0        Total locks:  0

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