Hampton, VA – May 6-7, 2014

Day 67-68
Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 1,193 SM
Locks Today: 0 ; Total Locks: 7

Hampton, Virginia was a planned stop for us. We needed to have mail sent to us, do some shopping, and generally catch-up. But that was yesterday….Tuesday (5/6). We rented a car and spent the day running errands and later catching up with boat cleaning and laundry. Later in the afternoon when we returned from errands, we found Thanks Dad on the face dock behind us and Bon Foeyage returned to their slip here. It seems they attempted to go out into the Chesapeake Bay and got their “butt kicked” by the waves and returned — and the forecast was for 1 foot seas.

We had planned to leave today (Wednesday 5/7) but the forecast still had winds from the East so we decided today would be a weather day. We’re fair weather boaters and have no desire to have the furniture rearranged.

We toured the Virginia Air and Space Center, which is next to the Marina here in downtown Hampton. We thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on interactive exhibits.

Virginia Air and Space Center

Virginia Air and Space Center

Apollo 12 Command Module

Apollo 12 Command Module

Inscription  on Apollo 12 Command Module "Yankee Clipper"

Inscription on Apollo 12 Command Module “Yankee Clipper”

We tried our hand at the simulator for the Columbia, but we both “crashed and burned” the landing, but it was fun.

Steve in the Columbia simulator

Steve in the Columbia simulator

This afternoon the wind picked up. I heard a thump, thinking our boat was hitting the dock, I looked outside and saw that Thanks Dad On the face dock behind us had come loose at the stern. John and Sue had rented a car to provision and weren’t on the boat at the time. We ran out and that the stern line and one spring line on Thanks Dad was loose and the bow was between two pilings right behind us with the stern drifting out. So along with the Dockmaster we jumped into action but the wind was blowing too strong. With help of two other guys on the dock, we got the boat secured. Enough excitement for one afternoon!

Weather permitting, tomorrow we head to the Chesapeake Bay.

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