This weekend we moved the boat from Chesapeake to Norfolk. The boat is staying in the East Beach / Little Creek area of Norfolk for one month and then we are full time on the Loop! Lots of things to get done in the next few weeks.
The ride up was very interesting. We only had one bridge to worry about, the Great Bridge in Chesapeake. There was a small lock right after the bridge too. It was a very industrial stretch of water with container ports, coal & other bulk ports, and several military installations including Norfolk Naval Station.
As we approached Norfolk Naval Station, we heard several announcements that an aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush was preparing to head out to sea. Our timing was perfect, so that we were on course to be in the way. The patrol boat instructed all boat traffic to stay 500 yards off of the carrier. The patrol boat also specifically hailed us (I think) as the “all white fast mover” heading north in the channel. We quickly moved out of the channel and slowed way down.
Navigating was a little tricky as there was a flotilla of small sail boats that had to change course and head right towards us. We dropped down to idle speed and carefully picked our way through and followed the aircraft carrier across the Bridge/Tunnel that connects Norfolk to Hampton. Between the two Bridge/Tunnels, there was a lot of boat traffic in front of the carrier. It was interesting to hear the patrol boat get increasingly aggressive on the radio with approaching boats. At one point we thought we may see some warning shots fired. It was really cool for Melissa and I. As you can see from the picture below, the kids were less excited.