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Our blog will highlight our travels along America's Great Loop. We sold our sailboat on Lake Superior for a Trawler to do America's Great Loop in 2016.

Rock Hall anchorage, C and D Canal to Delaware then New Jersey!

Every boat doing the loop may travel slightly different paths at slightly different speeds. Leaving Annapolis we have teamed up with boats that we met last September in  Chicago and may not have seen since we landed in Florida!   As we left … Continue reading

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Annapolis for Memorial Day; and DC side trip by bus

Memorial Weekend is anticipated as the start of the summer boating season. Having been on our boat for almost a year, we still look forward to “spring boating” ! An advance reservation was made earlier at Annapolis Landing marina anticipating a crowd.    Good … Continue reading

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Chesapeake Bay; Deltaville to Solomon Island May 21 updates

Chesapeake Bay is a large body of water! Reminds us of Lake Superior. There are several container ships on the horizon., many pleasure craft, and good news- plenty of depth. It is May 21, and we are on the way … Continue reading

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Hampton- Carousel and Colonial Williamsburg

Have you been on a carousel lately?   If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.   Welcome to Hampton Virginia. Looking for variety?  Hampton is throwing a Reggae Festival block party at the same as hosting the Square Dancing Convention!     Could you … Continue reading

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Battle ship to Submarine- Norfolk VA

From Battleship to Submarine- still seeing new sights!  From Tidewater marina in Portsmouth, a short walk to the ferry will take us across the river to Norfolk.   Today we will tour the Battleship Wisconsin.   Water taxi across to Norfolk … Continue reading

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May 16-Mile Zero; Atlantic ICW Portsmouth VA

Swing Bridges, High Bridges, Railroad Bridges, Bascule Bridges, lift Bridges and a Lock.   Busy day on the water as we cruise 49.5 miles from Coinjock Marina to Mile Zero at Portsmouth Tidewater Marina on May 16.   Leading toward mile zero of the … Continue reading

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Alligator River, Albemarle Sound, Coinjock Marina

This stretch of the Alligator River is littered with stumps along the shore lines, so it takes extra care to stay in the channel.     A long straight canal cuts through between two rivers. Extra caution when the stumps or grass clumps … Continue reading

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Cruising through North Carolina

We have several Marina options in the next section of North Carolina.   Having considered a short 20 mile run – with a stop at Oriental; a 40 mile run stopping for seafood at RE Mayo Seafood and Marina or a longer run … Continue reading

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Dolphins, Shrimping and Pirates; Beaufort NC

Reminder- its Bow-fert in North Carolina!    Monday morning traveling means light traffic after a busy weekend- and it is CHILLY- and the WIND is starting to kick up. Best of all, we finally had dolphins swimming along the boat long … Continue reading

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Top Sail then Swansboro Dudley Marina

To Anchor, or not to Anchor?  That is today’s question.   With full intent to anchor out for the night, we slowly cruised by Wrightsville Beach.  It’s too early to stop.    Top Sail is just a few miles further- the reviews … Continue reading

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