Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dismal Swamp Canal

Dismal Swamp Canal with this hazy weather...is quite dismal. The Dismal Swamp Canal was the first canal built in the Americas. We learned from the lock master Rob that the canal name came from the surveyor marking out the border between Virginia and North Carolina. The team he was working with ran out of whiskey and became very difficult to work with. In his notes about the area he wrote that the land was dismal, unfit for human habitation. We have been puttering along at Chanty's max motor speed of a whopping 5.5 m/hr today hoping to hit all of the bridges and locks at just the right times since they only open 3-4 times a day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Norfolk, VA

Morning on the Atlantic along Jersey Coast
Chrysler Building
my work from the East River
One of Hell's gates bridges
We are in Norfolk,VA. It took 50 hours. We had a great sail considering its November. Sun the first day on our way out down the East River. That night was West winds with 3-5ft waves. Even saw dolphins in the dark...really cool. Saturday was partly sunny with wind and waves dying down in the evening giving us a quiet sail the rest of the way. We reached Norfolk this afternoon...the entrance to the Inter Coastal Waterway. Will be glad to get going to still warmer weather.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Bye NYC...Hello Warm Weather

I have left Consolidated and am on my way to Sarasota, FL. I will be working for the next 13 weeks. Rolland is here to help me. It is nice to have my good friend here to share another adventure with.

I am ready to leave NY and head to some warmer weather.

Having some trouble uploading pictures...hope to have some soon.