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We left Carter Creek off the Rappahannock River just after this beautiful sunrise, heading for the Norfolk, Va area. 

carter creek sunrise

Our first stop was in Hampton, VA for a few days to visit friends Kit (in Med School) and Roger & Ilene from the Harlem YC - wonderful folks!  Roger is part of the Caribbean 1500 Rally sailing to the BVI.

We had to shoe-horn ADVENTURES into a tight slip there - a bit of a trick with the wind blowing hard up the river.

hampton small slip

Arriving at the dock I saw a fellow with a shirt from the Bristol (RI) YC and I told him that I had a friend from there. Turns out that he knows our good friends Heidi and Pete - yet another example of how really small our world is.

Hampton is a favorite stop - with little shops and restaurants nearby...

hampton street

 

...as well as many examples of this nifty wall art.

hampton wall art

We heard that MTOA friends Dick & Elle were down in Portsmouth (across from Norfolk) at a free dock, so we fueled the boat (635 gallons) and joined them; DFC friends Jeff & Karen brought their boat in a day later.

portsmouth free dock

 

The free dock has easy access to lots of lovely cafes and little shops (I found more of my favorite scone mix at the Kitchen store), plus the Portsmouth Shipbuilding Museum, which was very well done.  We enjoyed the town's Halloween parade, and we went on the Ghost Walk through historic Old Town - absolutely wonderful!
We had entirely too much fun with all our friends while we waited for the winds to settle down. Sunday the weather settled and we ran the gauntlet of bridges and the lock down through Norfolk and we anchored in North Carolina at the end of a good day.  Next stop - the Outer Banks.


 
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