Saturday, June 1, 2013

Back Through Norfolk

Cruising through Norfolk, Va. is always fascinating. It's home to the largest Navy base in the world. 3 E class carriers and a slew of cruisers were docked here this time. We can cruise within about 300 yards of them without too much risk of taking fire.
The place is also a busy commercial seaport. Here we are dealing with rush hour traffic. The lift bridge raises once an hour, letting the large barge and another sailboat through ahead of us.

One great feature is the free dock in Portsmouth across the river from Norfolk. This time we tied up next to a young couple from Switzerland cruising the US east coast. We chatted about the differences in cruising in America vs Europe. Of course he was impressed with USA!

We didn't linger long as we have plans further north.