Road Less Traveled

25 May 2013 | Noank, CT
25 May 2013 | 50 miles from home
24 May 2013 | Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2013
23 May 2013 | 235 miles from home
22 May 2013 | 40% of the way home
20 May 2013 | Just off Bermuda
17 May 2013 | Crystal Caves, Bermuda
15 May 2013 | Bermuda
14 May 2013 | St. George Island
14 May 2013 | Fort St. Catherine, St. Georges Island
13 May 2013 | St. George's Club, Bermuda
12 May 2013 | Close to Bermuda
11 May 2013 | Atlantic Ocean
11 May 2013
10 May 2013 | About 220 miles from Bermuda
10 May 2013 | 280 miles from Bermuda
07 May 2013 | Brewer's Ship Yard, Mystic
12 July 2012 | Southwest Harbor, Mt. Desert Island

Onward into the Chesapeake

06 May 2010 | Entrance to Chesapeake Bay
Just passed through Hampton Roads in Norfolk and into the Chesapeake, heading for Worton Creek. For the past 12 hours, we have witnessed everything the U.S. Navy can use to elicit shock and awe from our hapless enemies - well, maybe except for Somali pirates in patched-up pontoon boats. Last night, in the ICW, it was Navy fighter jock school as FA-18's flew 500 feet over us about every 45 seconds for several hours. Just the noise would be enough to make me surrender. This morning we passed through the Navy base in Norfolk, with a carrier group in port, and more arriving. We were approached by a military boat and told to stand off 500 yards from the submarine coming in. There was a helicopter dipping sonar devices as the ships arrived. Another carrier arrived after we had gone by. The most exciting thing was being hailed on the radio by a guided-missile frigate - we were the "dark-hulled sailboat". Of course, they were telling us to get out of the way, but it was still exciting. The picture here is classified top-secret. If the Navy knew I had taken that picture, I would have to be keel-hauled. I suppose it is the latest in stealth technology, but it showed up just fine on our cheap-ass civilian radar. This ship has given us several ideas for some enhancements on Road Less Traveled. The wind is clocking to the north, which is not great news, but we have plenty of time to get up Chesapeake Bay. I'd like to thank Chip for identifying all the military hardware we saw. Roger that, Mike
Vessel Name: Road Less Traveled
Vessel Make/Model: Valiant 40 cutter
Hailing Port: Noank, CT
Crew: Michael and Kathy Smith
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Our trip from Man-o-War Cay in the Bahamas to the Chesapeake Bay
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Trip from Brunswick, GA to Bahamas
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Who: Michael and Kathy Smith
Port: Noank, CT