Day 188 Monday, April 25, 2016
25 April 2016 | Horn Harbor Marina
Passage Ocean Marine Yacht Center to Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
9:11 AM Underway
2:53 PM Docked Horn Harbor Marina
6.8 engine hours 47 miles
Last Day of our voyage! Paul, the Captain of Misty, a 100’ Stevens Yacht, helped us out of our slip this morning. Last evening we had him and Ron and Kathy, the owners of Quest, a 36 Grand Banks, aboard Liquid Therapy for docktails. Paul has been a captain of various yachts over the 33 years of his career. We all told interesting cruising stories and of course Paul’s stories were a lot different than most boats of our size. A little later we were asked aboard Misty and given a tour. Very nice, but a lot of boat to care for as well as operate. Paul is headed to Newport, RI, where the owner will spend the summer aboard.
It was fun getting underway for the last leg of our 6 month voyage. We passed all the Navy and commercial shipping areas in the Elizabeth River and could see the Navy is still cautious of boats passing by the destroyer and aircraft carrier piers in particular. These boats were surrounded by floating fences and guard boats with mounted guns. We then passed Ft. Monroe and the Chamberlin Hotel. I know we can go to this former Army marina on our boat, as it is not operated by the military any longer. That might be fun, as before, it was only for the military R&R.
We have started to pack stuff up, however, we are not good packers. On the other hand, we have way too much ‘stuff’. Some things in our duffle bags were never unpacked. I end up wearing about the same 4 or 5 shirts and the same can be said for all the other clothing. I never even wore my foul weather jacket.
Susan and I did grow our hair. I’m not sure why I did. But Susan’s hair looks really great. I’m getting mine cut. I hope her hair stylist does something cool with hers!
The Chesapeake Bay gave us a nice ride. Wind out of the south and sunny skies. As I approached the York River, we had USS Nitze DDG 94 entering the York River channel on my starboard beam. I slowed so as not to cross its very impressive bow. I remembered being in the Navy and on DDG5, going up the York River to the Naval Weapons Station at Yorktown to load 5” shells and powder before heading across the Atlantic. We had to off load what we didn’t fire when we returned to Norfolk.
We saw the New Point Lighthouse on the horizon. It was a nice sight, meaning we were almost home. And, then we turned into Horn Harbor channel for the 30 minute run up to the marina. Our old slip was waiting for us and we backed in with no trouble at all.
And, then suddenly, we realized our cruise was over. What did we feel? Kind of strange-like we hadn’t been gone long at all. We actually traveled 3157 miles on Liquid Therapy. 188 Days.
We are spending one last night on Liquid Therapy before Eddie, my brother, picks us up tomorrow at noon.
We appreciate all of you that have gone on our cruise with us by reading our blog. We really enjoyed the comments you made to us.