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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
The Great Lock and the ICW Distance Sign
Keith - October, 2007
10/13/2007

I managed to navigate through the lock without too much trouble thanks to the help of the kind operator lady. The next opening contained numerous ships. After I entered, the door closed and they removed the water from the lock. The 14,000 pound sailboat lowered about 3 feet. The operator taught me how to string two dock lines to posts and one back to each hand. I can let out the lines from the center of the boat and let it fall with the falling water level in at least perceived control. After the water lowered, the other door opened and I was on my way to what turned out to be a great free town dock experience.

First Anchorage on ICW
Keith - October, 2007
10/13/2007, 5 miles or so from Norfolk

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Bridge Ahead on the ICW
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007, South of Norfolk, VA

This is the standard fixed bridge of 65 foot height. My mast stands 55 feet. This one is located just a short ways in from Norfolk. It is almost sunset. Instead of staying another night at the hospital flats anchorage across from Norfolk, I determined to head out and find an anchorage on the ICW itself. In this picture you can see my radar, radar reflector, and one of the lines for the dutch flaking system that makes it easy to stow the large mainsail.

First Bridge of the I.C.W.
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007, South of Norfolk, VA

This is the first of many many bridges crossing the ICW. Most of the bridges are above 65 feet and not a concern for my 55 foot mast, but many are low and must raise. Those operate on a schedule. Sometimes they will open on request from the VHF radio. Some of the operators are laid back and some are like prison guards, making the boats line up before he will open the gate.

Douglas MacArthur Memorial
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007, Norfolk, VA

This was a very interesting memorial and museum with numerous artifacts from the General's life.

Those 16 Inch Guns from Deck View
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007, Norfolk, VA

Touring the exterior deck of the Battleship is free. I looked through all the portholes. Its like a view into history. It even has that old army smell. This ship saw battle in every war from WWII to Desert Storm.

USS Wisconson Battleship from Town
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007, Morfolk, VA

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Tall Ship in Norfolk
Keith - mid-October, 2007
10/13/2007

This is a tour boat. It goes out every day for cruises around the harbor for a reasonable flat rate per person. Like the paddle boat ferry, it actually runs on diesel power.

Tropical Dreamer in Norfolk at Sunset
Keith - October 9, 2007
10/10/2007

This was either right before or right after my little birthday party that I threw for myself on board. Steak and veggies dinner and all.

City View From Norfolk Anchorage
Keith - early October, 2007
10/10/2007

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