July 24-30, 2011
Highlights of traveling to New York
It took us a week to get to New York. The wind
was not in our favor. We motored up the Cheasapeake Bay with the
wind on our nose and when we turned to run down the Delaware Bay,
the wind was still on our nose.
In the distance we saw a lot of fuel tanks behind
Just off shore, was a fuel off-loading dock that
could hold two tankers at once.
Just another great sunset.
Nuclear plant on the Delaware Bay.
Oh, and another light house.
And another!! This is the entrance to the
We passed a lot of tourist activity along the New
Jersey coast and...
pulled into Barnegat inlet just before all hell
broke loose in the form of a large thunderstorm.
The next morning, the skys were clear and the
fishing fleet was still at the dock.
I like this shot, it's the Barnegat Inlet
There were a LOT of amusment parks right on the
shoreline of New Jersey.
And we happened to sail right through a sailboat
July 21, 2011
Today we are scheduled to tour the Capital
The west side of the Capital Building.
Inside the visitor center is a copy of
Freedom, a colossal statue that was added to the top of the
dome in 1863.
This star inlaid in the floor marks the point at
which Washington, D.C. is divided into its four quadrants; however,
the exact center of the city lies near the
On the canopy of the rotunda is the painting
The Apotheosis of Washington painted by the Italian-American
artist Constantino Brumidi.
This looks like a 3 dimensional carving within
the rotunda but it's a flat painting!
The grandkids with Gerald R. Ford commemorative
Next we visited the Library of Congress.
Ray found a comic book to read.
The lower hallways of the Library of Congress
it's just beautiful.
Inside of the main hall.
It was breathtaking!
Ray met a new friend; his name is John.
Caity and Megan using one the interactive
Afterwards we walked over to look at the Supreme
July 20, 2011
Today we walked until we were about to drop.
First we walked through the fish market and on to
the Washington Monument by way of the Holocaust Museum.
Quite a museum but very somber and disconcerting.
Then it was over to the Washington Monument. We
only had to wait for a few minutes in the 95 deg sunshine before we
We're going up to the top viewing platform.
The elevator was very crowded.
Ray said WOW! Megan said WOW! Caity said is this
I thought the views were great!
Notice that the reflection pool is empty? They
are rebuilding it. that's the WWII monument in the fore ground.
Back on the ground we looked up and boy were we
impressed. The different color stone on the corners is from when
they repaired the monument a few decades back.
The big man himself. I get chills every time that
I see this statue but the kids didn't think too much of it.
I sure look like a sour puss, I guess that 100
degrees is too much for me.
Just thought this was cute.
Yet another monument to an army division.
Finally, we made it to the Whitehouse.
July 19, 2011
We walked up to the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures during the tour
for obvious reasons, but we took some afterwards. The tour guide
said (and I quote) "We ran out of free samples but is you come back
tomorrow they might have some" You should have see the grand kids
faces when he said that!
Of course, the grandkids were interested in
Ray would like one of these.
Caity is studying the Declaration of
She commented on John Hancock's signature.
Megan is almost as tall as $1,328,100 dollars.
Neat sun glasses.
Ray looking at shirts, but he's out of souvenir money.
Meg and I taking a break.
July 18, 2011
We rode the Metro to the Woolsey/National Zoo stop. Caitlin
thought the train was going to fall off from the tracks since it
swayed so much.
Then we walked three blocks from the metro
station to the National Zoo.
Ray and Meg talked to the volunteer at the zoo.
They are touching zebra skin.
We tried to get pictures of the pandas, but it
was a hot day and they kept going inside.
All thru the zoo there were water misters and we
would walk through them to cool down. It was a nice addition to our
Outside of the small mammal house was a statue of
an anteater, which Ray wanted to examine.
In one area of the zoo was a farm animal display.
The kids enjoyed petting the cow; then we headed for the reptile
display and back to the marina.
After dinner, Grandpa decided to take the kids
for a walk to see some of the monuments.
Even though it was a long walk the kids took it
Hugging the columns, Why??? I don't know but they
As well as jumping off from the giant steps.
A quick stop at the George Mason memorial
and on to the Roosevelt memorial where the kids
joined the bread line.
I wonder why kids like to climb on statues?
Jefferson memorial at night.
Two days from now, we will be looking out of
those little windows at the top of the Washington memorial.
Completely wore out.
July 17, 2011
Today Grandpa and Ray went to the Spy Museum and
walked around DC. The girls and I went to the Pentagon City Mall for
a shop till you drop day.
Caity just loves red.
Megan wanted heels.
Future cell phone owners picking their covers
We could have used a fan, it was hot.
Checking out the mood jewelry.
Megan decided to buy the necklace.
We finished with hot fudge sundaes.
They couldn't take pictures at the International
Spy Museum, so they took a few on the walk back to the marina. Ray and Grandpa in front of the White House.
Ray was interested in the Tibetan monks.
At the fish market...
Some nice looking red snapper.
July 16, 2011
Our first day in DC; we headed out without a
Grandpa showing the kids the Smithsonian layout.
Taking a break from the heat and the walking.
The first museum we visited was the National
Museum of the American Indian. In the lobby was this reed boat is made high in the Andes and used
on Lake Titicaca.
Megan on the rocks.
In the lobby on one of the walls was a window of
prisms. Caity standing in the red light from the prism.
They had an interactive program going on so the grandkids worked with corn husks.
The dragonflies they made.
Afterwards we walked around the mall for a while.
We walked by this really neat door.
July 15, 2011
As we leaving our anchorage in Mattawoman Creek
we heard a loud boom and observed a puff of smoke rising above the
The smoke on shore.
Caity and Meg at the bow of the Goose as we
motored into the DC harbor. Minutes after we entered the harbor we
were visited by the Harbor Police informing us that anyone board
under the age of 18 must wear a life jacket and that riding on the
bow was forbidden.
This beautiful Trumphy used to be the
Presidential Yacht. President
July 14, 2011
The Navy was practicing live fire on the P0tomic
when we left. This Range Boat made sure that we stayed outside of
the yellow buoys.
Staying clear of the markers.
Finally after 10 miles we went past the last
July 13, 2011
We stopped in at Colonial Beach, a town about 1/2
of the way up the Potomac River. We needed new filters for the water
system on the boat. The kids were excited since there was a swimming
Caity's not too happy with the water since she
can't see her feet!
Ray wasn't too happy; he had to keep dumping
rocks out of his water shoes.
Caity modeling her new flotation device. She
calls it the "diaper". This is the front view.
All the kids floating around on their "diapers".
As we left Colonial Beach, the Coast Guard issued
a storm warning. We had planned to cross to the Maryland side of the
Potomac to anchor, but didn't quite make it before the storm hit.
I snapped this picture, in the calm before the
storm broke. For about 20 minutes we had a real wild ride.
As you can see the highest wind gust was a bit
strong... This reading is in knots per hour which equals about 85
mph of wind! More than hurricane strength winds.
July 12, 2011
The motion on the Chesapeake was rougher this
morning and all the kids were under the weather with Caity being the
sickest. They laid around and slept most of the morning.
Ray sleeping on our bed.
Caity sleeping in the cockpit after losing her
breakfast to sea sickness.
Megan and Grandpa relaxing in the cockpit.
We stopped for the night at Piney Point and the
kids and I took the dinghy in for a look at the lighthouse. It was
built in 1835 and is only 30 feet high... not even taller than the
There was a bell and Ray just couldn't get enough
of ringing it.
Ray and Megan wading near shore. No
jellyfish in sight.
A beautiful sunset at Piney Point.
July 11, 2011
Normally the Deltaville Maritime Museum is not
open on Mondays, but this week is boat building week. So we took the
dinghy up the shallow creek to the museum.
This is the path we took to the museum.
One of several families building the 14 ft
Chesapeake flat bottom skiff.
This finished boat is being raffled off and it is
the same design the families are making.
Several years ago the museum built this replica
of a boat that Captain Smith used to explore the Chesapeake Bay.
Of course, everyone had to take a look inside of
A display board showing various knots.
There was rope on the other side of the board
and the kids practiced tying knots.
On the way back to the boat, Grandpa ran the
dinghy aground and broke the engine.
All that's left of the shear pin.
July 10, 2011
A last look at the Wisconsin and we're off
heading north on the Chesapeake.
She has a beautiful curve to her bow.
It is amazing how creative kids can be without
A tornado struck the inside of the boat as they
created a fort inside of the boat.
Lots of happy faces just out of focus.
Once we anchored in Jackson Creek, the kids
wanted to go swimming... Until they saw all the jellyfish.
There was a school of small fish around the boat
and hundreds of jellyfish of various sizes. So the kids decided to
fish for jellyfish. They were successful.
Ray clowning around during his nightly shower.
Nice Mohawk. ..
July 9, 2011
While Grandpa was gone to Wal-Mart to buy a new
DVD player; we went to the Post Office and the Farmer's Market.
Ray really like this statue honoring the fallen
Most of the Farmer's Market booths were on Court
These women had some tasty baked goods.
Hamming it up with a colonial re-enactor.
Neat parrots, Buddy and Peach....
their owners Victoria and David of Blackwater
For the afternoon, while grandpa worked on the
boat, we visited the sports museum. It helped that it was air
conditioned and the tickets were 2 for 1.
Shooting hoops in front of the Sports Museum.
Can Meg do it??
Yes she can!
Caity baseball speed of 18 mph.
Splitting the last token.
July 8, 2011
Today Grandpa and the kids are going across to
Norfolk to visit the Nauticus and the Wisconsin; whose nickname was
"Whiskey". (Grandma decided that she needed some time off).
Grandma said "Bye... don't come back too soon!"
We had to take a ferry across the river to get to
the battleship and the Nauticus museum.
While we were away to the museum, a two masted
schooner pulled in across from us.
This is the size of the anchor that the
battleship uses, only it has two of them.
A true sailor wantabe.
They had live sharks and...
you could pet them too!
They also had a live horseshoe crab that the kids
Ray and I waiting for one of the movies to start.
Finally, after the museum, we went onto the
battleship Wisconsin. the anchor chains were huge... each link was
On the aft deck you can see the massive 16" guns
behind me. They could hurl a shell that weights as much as a VW Bug
over 20 miles! The ship is very impressive.
Afterwards the girls had fun running thru a water
fountain before we hopped back onto the ferry to return home.
July 7, 2011
Doesn't the Wind Horse look magnificent? Rich
says she looks like miniature destroyer - definitely ocean worthy.
Robert was the lock master at the Deep Creek
lock. He taught us how to play the conch shell.
After we tied up at High Street Landing, we
decided to take a walk. The renovation to the library was supposed
to completed by July, 2011, but as you can see, it was still closed.
We walked down High Street to look around. This
is the Commodore Theatre. It is an old fashioned dinner theatre.
Maybe Grandpa and I will check it out next time.
July 6, 2011
The Elizabeth River was coated with a green plant
once we were north of the city.
Our path through the green.
We waited for about 30 minutes for the lock to
open. It looked like you could step right off on the surface and
walk to shore.
Caity has a good seat.
Megan on the bow.
They make it look like work.
Only 230 more miles to Washington DC!
We pulled in behind this extremely large aluminum
boat. We were wondering about it's story.
It turns out that it is owned by the Dashew's, a
couple who have made their life by designing sailboats. This is
their first venture into power, a 83 foot aluminum power boat that
can cross oceans. In fact, it was built in New Zeeland and they have
spent the last 6 years exploring the oceans with it, over 60,000
miles (that's over twice around the earth!). Check them out at:
July 5, 2011
Change in plans again; we decided to spend the
day in Elizabeth City taking the kids to the local museums. At
the Museum of Albemarle, the kids were able to dress up in coast
guard uniforms. There was a whole area dedicated to interactive play
Megan makes a great coast guard helicopter pilot.
Cait as co-pilot.
The kids were determined to save Mr. Bear. Ray's
the swimmer who went in to save the bear.
Meg dressed in a Hazardous material suit.
Coast guard scuba diving suit.
Our hero after rescuing the bear.
Don't they look good?
In another room in the museum, kids could stage
plays. They dressed up in several of the outfits.
Caity with her favorite skirt and lace collar.
Megan chose to dress in early colonial style, not
sure about the hat??
Later in the afternoon we went to Port Discovery, which
is an interactive science museum for kids.
Doctor Megan tending a patient.
Caity in scrubs, just like her mom.
July 4, 2011
We decided to stay in Elizabeth City for the 4th.
Megan and Caity getting their faces painted.
Aren't they cute?
This old fire truck was neat looking.
Ray really liked the modern fire truck with all
the gages on the outside.
The fireworks were excellent. We tried to take
pictures, but they didn't exactly turn out.
Next, the Dismal Swamp!
July 3, 2011
Sailing Roanoke Sound
We anchored for the night next to this small island in Roanoke
There were several duck blinds throughout Roanoke Sound but they
were hard to see not because of the fog but because of the smoke
from the nearby Alligator river forest fire. You could smell the
fire and at times it felt like you were standing right next to a
smokey campfire with the wind blowing the smoke into your face.
We passed advertising to "vote for Midget for sheriff" on the
Osprey young in their nest, almost grown.
Work boat passing us on the sound.
Fishing boat headed out for the day.
Finally arriving in Elizabeth City for the holiday...wait till you
see the fireworks!
July 2, 2011
As we started to pull anchor in Silver Lake we
noticed a storm brewing to the north. A short time later it began to
rain; in fact it poured.
The rain obscured our vision.
The hail peppered the boat.
1/4 inch hailed rained on us for about 10