June 13 thru 18, 2022 Atlantic Yacht Basin, Chesapeake, Virginia
Coming back to this marina feels a bit like coming home – we spent several weeks here when we first bought the boat. At that time, we had them remove the old and deteriorating radar arch and install the new tubular one. Having the tubular arch allows us to fold it down (very easily) to get under the very low bridge at the western end of the Erie Canal! We also had purchased newer electronics, and they were installed there as well.
This time, our friends Donna and Tony from Tranquility Eh! had arrived there before us. We really enjoy our times with them.
There are things we like, and some we don’t like, about this marina. The bathrooms and showers need to be replaced – I didn’t even like to go in there! Other than that, we like the location, quite close to grocery stores and restaurants – with our Ebikes, it is a piece of cake!
Dan’s daughter, Annie and family came to visit – they live about 25 minutes away. They insisted on taking us to a very nice place for dinner! Always good to see those folks. The boys look so different – Eric is 20 years old! He looks like a man, instead of a boy. Jared is going to be 17 in July and a senior in high school next year! Chuck’s mom now lives with them, and she came along as well! On the 18th, we were moving to the Navy Base on Little Creek for a few days. Chuck drove the crew to us, and then picked them up in Little Creek. They all enjoyed the ride (mostly) – when we left the Elizabeth River and got into the Chesapeake Bay, suddenly we were rolling pretty bad. I wasn’t too happy, nor were the boys! But, we got there safely, and now they know what it’s like traveling on the boat!
June 18 thru 22, 2022 Little Creek Navy Base Marina
For Dan, being back on this base is very nostalgic. He came here early in his Navy career and spent a few years in and out of here. For the few days we were in the Navy’s marina, we relaxed some, Dan washed the top side of the boat, and I cooked our meals on board. We had Chris, from the boat docked in front of us, over to dinner. Later, he brought his two very well-behaved dogs over for some doggy love. We miss having a dog, but on the other hand, we are really glad to not have a dog while living this boating life!
Somehow, Dan had lost his military ID, so we had a bit of a struggle getting it replaced – the office was, of course, not open all weekend, then Monday was a holiday. On Tuesday, turns out they are closed because of budget constraints!
We had a rental car on Wednesday, so took a drive over to the ID office…. to see a line about a block long waiting outside the office! Having better ideas about how to spend our time, we retreated until the following day – still a line, but not near as long. Good grief!
On Wednesday, June 22, we drove the boat a short distance from the Navy marina to Cobbs Marina. They will have out boat for a while – some maintenance, some bottom work, various things. They put the Kittiwake on their travel lift and deposited her in their yard. We had rented a hotel room for the next few days.