Welcome to The Second Sojourn Sail Trip
Photo Gallery 26:
June 2003: Belhaven, North Carolina to the Chesapeake
Bay, Oxford, Maryland
Dowry Creek Marina, before the wind began to blow 35 knots on the
beam. We met more wonderful people there while we waited out the front.
The wonderful facilities of Dowry Creek Marina. Alex went swimming
A lovely place to just hang out
Dowry Creek, one of the many creeks on the Intracoastal Waterway
The cypress trees give off tannic acid, which makes the water brown,
and leaves a mustache on the bows of ICW boats
Michelle takes a break from school
Boats anchored at the south lock of the Dismal Swamp, waiting for
the next opening
Once everyone is into the lock and tied up, the lock doors close.
Second Sojourn and Sweet Sensations wait as the water rises
Mike, the boat cat, has taken to hopping onto other boats when
we're tied up! He's gotten very brave!
The Dismal Swamp Canal
Marie and Joe on Odyssey (ahead left), Frank and Lisa on Sweet
Sensations and Dale and Jo-Anne on Sea-Duction, head out of the north lock
of the Dismal Swamp and north to Norfolk
Sweet Sensations starts the run under the lift bridges and through
the Naval Shipyards. Norfolk is on the right, and Portsmouth, on the left
The shipyards were busy with many different types of vessels
Cranes were moving gear on and off air craft carriers
A military catamaran
Past downtown Norfolk on the right
Enormous container vessels from all over the world lined docks
to load and unload cargo
It is always important to remember to look behind you!
The boat traffic in Norfolk and Hampton Roads was incredible. Here,
a tug pushes a huge barge.
Although we saw a lot of different military vessels in Norfolk,
we saw a lot fewer than when we were here in October, probably due to the
war with Iraq.
An air craft carrier with a military guard. We were asked to put
the camera equipment away by military personnel carrying automatic weapons.
These choppers flew in circles for an hour. We figured they were
The calm of the harbor of Hampton, Virginia. It reminded us of
Memorial Drive and Harvard. We got exactly here and threw out the anchor
for the night. It was a welcome change from the gray of Norfolk.
The Cousteau Museum was opening that afternoon, but they let us
check it out while we were ashore in Hampton
The Court House, Hampton, Virginia
Virginia Air and Space Museum is shaped like a bird in flight.
We anchored with Joe and Marie on Odyssey in Jackson Creek, in
Deltaville, Virginia to wait out a blow.
If you look closely, you can see the Osprey chicks this mother
is feeding. All the nests we saw today have newly hatched birds.
Reedville, Virginia. In actuality, the soft shells haven't started
to breed yet because there has been so much rain that the water in the
Bay is fresh from river runoff. Soft shells crabs need brackish or salt
water to breed.
A home on the main street of Reedville, Virginia
A typical view of a Virginia creek, just like the one we were anchored
The watermen use longer boats for crabbing and oystering than the
Maine fishermen do for lobsters.
Lace cap hydrangeas
Folks in the south have the nicest porches!
Fish traps are found in the shallower waters of the Chesapeake
Bay, and are NOT always marked on the charts! The fish swim from the deeper
water to the shallower water and into the traps, where they are netted
until the watermen return to release or keep them.
One of the nicer lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay
Coming north into Solomon's Islands, Maryland, where there are
A mute swan
Some of the old farms remain in Maryland
That's Second Sojourn between the buildings of the Calvert Museum
in Solomon's Island, Maryland
The view from our anchor in Solomons
The lowlands of Maryland off the town of Oxford
Second Sojourn at anchor off Oxford, Maryland.
Dave continues his year long quest for more shellfish, this time
Nighttime visitors, a family of mute swans
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