Posted on June 4, 2018
Mon / Tues – May 28 /29. We toured the Virginia Air & Space Museum Monday morning which included an Imax movie. It was a tough choice as they had 3 movies – Hurricanes, The Amazon and Landing on an aircraft carrier. I opted for The Amazon which was interesting but should have gone with Bob’s choice of Hurricanes. The museum has lots of interesting information on the evolution of flying from the Wright Brothers through the NASA space program. Upon finishing the tour, the rain was about to hit so we scooted over to the Bull Island Brewery again for lunch and had an enjoyable talk with David who is single handling his 43′ sailboat from Miami to Maine. It was interesting to hear how he runs offshore for 4 days (and nights) and sets his alarm at night to wake him every hour so he can check radar and possible collisions with ships or whatever. Exhaustion sets in upon the 4th day and he pulls into port to sleep. Definitely not anything we would ever do.
Monday night, we were invited over to our new friends Paul & Taffy’s house for docktails and dinner. Paul and Taffy are AGLCA Harbour Hosts for Hampton. As AGLCA Harbour Hosts for Fort Lauderdale, Bob and I had met them in Fort Lauderdale when they were travelling through on their boat. They just completed the Loop themselves so it was great fun comparing notes about the adventure and quizzing them about our upcoming travels.
Since our air conditioning pump had been dead for a few days (meaning no AC), we booked a room at the hotel for 2 nights located at the marina. Our new AC pump arrived Tuesday morning thanks to our wonderful friend Mark Shotwell who picked it up for us in Fort Lauderdale then sent it Fed Ex. Better friends you cannot have! The technician arrived to the boat shortly after and I am sitting in AC again. Nirvana. Rented my car today that would take me to Asheville and used it to run the necessary errands.
Wednesday – Sunday, May 30 – June 3rd. On Wednesday morning, I drove to Asheville which is normally a 6.5 hour drive but due to some flooding, I had to reroute north and drive was 7.5 hours. Had a great 5 days with the girls (Susan, Susan & Maureen). Our VRBO house was huge with 6 bedrooms, a movie room, hot tub, etc. Our spa day at the Grove Park Inn was fabulous as the hotel, grounds and spa are so beautiful (photo). Toured Asheville and ate at lots of great restaurants. Since Susan has a house in Asheville, we were treated to a fabulous dinner cooked by her husband Scott (photo). Short ribs, risotto, crème brulee and fabulous wine. Of course, the daily and nightly reminiscing and laughter is what its all about. Arrived safely back on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Bob toured Hampton in a sporty Miata that was delivered to him by our friends Paul & Taffy that live here in Hampton. Since they were leaving town, they wanted Bob to use the car and explore. He went to the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, tried various restaurants, toured around Fort Monroe and managed to get some boat projects and work done. He also enjoyed the Black Beard festival on the weekend here at the marina. We have made application to the Old Point Comfort Yacht Club (photo) as suggested by Paul & Taffy. Cost is minimal ($65) and it will allow us to stay at other yacht clubs around the country who reciprocate. They said it was well worth it. Tomorrow we move north on the Chesapeake!