Passing Mile Zero
12 April 2012 | Portsmouth, VA
Cold, windy but improving
PASSING MILE ZERO
April 12, 2012
After a day and a half listening to high, cold winds it appears some relief is on the way. The temperature did not get above the high 50's today but the bright sunlight made it tolerable. There are a number of Canadian Geese in residence here and some consider them a pest. The marina has attempted to discourage their presence by the use of something that makes the grass bitter but it has limited success. There are a half dozen taunting the marina. Scurv considers them potential buddies. They don't seem to think so and legends of goose-on-small dog violence is everywhere. Scurv has a bit of a surprise on the way when he does finally get close.
We saw a trawler the other day named The Pearl from Port Lavaca, Tx. They are on the same type of cruise as we. It was not long afterward that we passed mile zero into different water than before. This area has documented history back to the sixteenth century as one would expect for the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. So, to those unfamiliar with this area, there are several rivers that spill into the Chesapeake and each one is a history lesson. To me, it's like a dirt trip(trip to shore grass) for young Scurv. Are we looking forward to sailing past West Point, the DC area and Baltimore Inner Harbor to name a few. I am wondering just how many forts and battlefields are within a hundred miles of this place? For instance, Norfolk has one and on top of that they have BB64, the USS Wisconsin, the class of battle ship that is perhaps the most beautiful warship ever built. Is it possible to wear out a pair of deck shoes in one town?
The picture is of the dry docks near downtown Norfolk
Note: we have added a few pics to the gallery under Norfolk. More later