Chesapeake Bay

 

We left Norfolk, Virginia early Tuesday morning navigating on the Elizabeth River.  There are still a lot of navy ship areas as we navigated towards Chesapeake Bay.

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This area is called Old Point Comfort and it lies at the extreme tip of Virginia Peninsula at the mouth of Hampton Road.  Point Comfort formed the beginning of the boundary of colonial Virginia.  The lighthouse is the Old Point Comfort Light located on the grounds of Fort Monroe in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is the second oldest light in the bay and the oldest still in use, it’s 58 ft high and its range is 11 nautical miles.  Records of aids to navigation at Old Point Comfort date to 1775 when John Darns was paid to maintain a beacon there.  Its location at the entrance to Hampton Road made it one of the first points designated for a light by the U.S. Federal Government in 1800.   In the war of 1812 the light was seized by British forces in their advance on Washington DC.  Following the war, Fort Monroe was constructed on the point, situated so that its walls were a short distance from the light.

We navigated across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which is a 23 mile fixed link crossing at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.  It connects North. Hampton County on the Delmarva Peninsula with Virginia Beach.  It replaced the vehicle ferry service that operated from South Hampton Roads and from the Virginia Peninsula from 1930s.  The bridge tunnel, financed by toll revenue bonds, was opened on April 15, 1964 and remains one of only ten bridge tunnel systems in the world, three of which are located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S. its drainage basin covers approximately 64,000 square miles and encompasses parts of six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.  More than 150 rivers, streams, and creeks drain into the Bay.  At its narrowest point, the bay is 2.5 miles wide and its widest point south of Potomac river it’s 30 miles wide. The average depth is about 46 ft and the maximum depth is 208 ft.  Chesapeake bay is approximately 200 miles long from the Susquehanna River in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the South.  The bay as we know it began forming nearly 10,000 years ago when fishing ocean sea levels at the end of the last ice age flooded the Susquehanna River Valley.  Chesapeake Bay is an estuary which means a partially enclosed body of water where fresh water from the rivers and streams mixes with salt water from the ocean.  The bay was pretty calm probably the calmest it will be with only one to two ft. waves, as we navigated to Deltaville, Virginia.

We are staying at the Dozier marina in Deltaville Virginia, a very charming place with a lot of amenities such as a boaters room with chairs and a large TV, swimming pool (but the weather is too cold to use) courtesy car, and a beautiful view.  Lady duck and her ducklings greeted us after we were docked.

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This was our beautiful sunset on Tuesday night.

Wednesday Liz and Johnny rented a car and we all went to Colonial Williamsburg for the day.

Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution.  It forms the “Historic Triangle” together with Jamestown and Yorktown.  Its heart is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living history museum where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life in the streets and workshops.

We took the shuttle bus in Colonial Williamsburg to different areas and walked around.  We toured the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church which holds service on Sunday.

These pews with doors were typical of unheated eighteenth century English churches.  U.S. Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Monroe worshiped here.  The governor’s pews were reserved for the royal governor and council members, the pew has an ornate camped chair and in colonial days had curtains for privacy and warmth.  In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt presented the lectern to Bruton to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first permanent English settlements and the establishment of the Anglican church at Jamestown.

We had lunch at the Blue Talon Bistro in Colonial Williamsburg.

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The food was good and then Johnny ordered chocolate moose his favorite.  He was going to make sure he got it all.  I told Johnny I wouldn’t post on facebook but was going in my book.  He didn’t care he sure loves his chocolate moose every bit of it.

Our plans were to stay two days at Doziers Marina, however the weather changed that for us.  Starting Thursday morning we had rain until noon on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon we went to the Deltaville Seafood Festival where they had live music, seafood vendors, crafts, and marine exhibits.  It was nice to do something other than sit on the boat and watch it rain.

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After the Festival we went to the Deltaville Maritime Museum we learned about the boat building history of Deltaville at one time there were 12 boat building manufactures, and the tools they used.  The museum included a superb collection of ship models, photographic and art exhibits.

We had a great sunset on Saturday night the first one in three days it was so nice to see.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone, the sun is shinning and its going to be a beautiful day.

We are planning on navigating again on Tuesday it shows a good wind and weather day.

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