We left Hampton on a damp, foggy morning and made our way through the busy stretch of water off Norfolk. You have to really pay attention here with all the Naval activity along with many tugs and barges. What a difference once we passed the Gilmerton bridge and turned into the Dismal Swamp. It’s beautiful and peaceful.
I have to make a big note on our chart that you can make the 11am lock after the 10:30 opening of the bridge. We thought it was too far and were puttering along when we heard that the 2 boats in front of us were going into the lock. We picked up speed and made it too!
Most of the boats peeled off and tied up at the dock just past Deep Creek lock. We decided to head for the North Carolina Visitor’s Center. There was no one in front of us so it was nice to be able to maintain our own speed. We thumped a few submerged logs–disconcerting but no problems.
Tieing up at the NC visitor’s center made us finally feel like we were cruising. Everyone from the boats were hanging out and swapping stories. We met lots of nice people who we’re now hanging out with in Elizabeth City.
We slept in today and it’s nice just chillin. I went to the grocery store with a few other ladies. It’s such a nice friendly town. You can call the Farm Fresh store and they’ll send someone over to pick you up! We had lunch yesterday at Grouper’s, right on the water. The fried shrimp and oysters were delicious. Last night we went with 2 other couples to the Cypress River Grill for dinner. The shrimp and grits were Charleston-worthy!
Tomorrow, we’ll cross the Albemarle Sound and head down the Alligator River. We hope to anchor out a few nights before arriving at the River Dunes marina off the Neuse river.