Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014 Our Last Day in Portsmouth, VA!

Our 2 boats in our basin!
We are so anxious to leave this cute little historic town of Portsmouth. Not that we don't like the town.  We do but enoughs, enough!   Now, there are small craft warnings up until 10 am today.  We all agreed that Tuesday is our day to head north.  They are predicting S to SW winds tomorrow…it’s about time!
Looking at Norfolk from our High Street Basin
We decided to do something productive today.  So, we took our dirty clothes to Tidewater Marina this morning.  We tried to find a public laundromat and there wasn't one within walking distance. The gal at the visitor center said to call Tidewater.  They have 3 washers and 4 dryers…$1.50 each and anybody can use them.  Three loads washed and 3 loads dried and we’re heading back to the Happy Hours.

Rita wanted to try ‘Thumpers’ for lunch. They have the same menu as the Elizabeth City ‘Thumpers’.  Hopefully the food is of the same quality!  They also  have a  ‘Thumpers’ in Nags Head on the beach…cool…I'd  like to try that restaurant also but as the song goes…2 out of 3 ain't bad!   LOL  I had a chicken wrap and salad and Chuck had a roast beef sandwich and fries…good food.   Rita tried their fish tacos.  She said they were to die for.  David had a hamburger….he’s being Chuck today and not trying anything new!
Fresnel lens along the river walk
wooden boat at Ocean Marina
huge prop
We walked back to our boats.  David and Rita got back on Whisper for some R&R time…reading and resting.  Chuck and I walked around our basin and south along the river walk to the Ocean Marina, The Pavilion, and then to a day park commemorating the shipyards of the Portsmouth-Norfolk area.  They had huge propellers, guns, and part of a submarine on display.  It was a sunny but brisk walk.  

Pass House
We then circled back to High Street and walked some streets with the historic houses.  One was called the ‘Pass House’ because it was used by the Union forces to give out passes to people if they wanted to leave Portsmouth.  Later in the afternoon, David and Rita came over with their charts.  We have various anchorages picked out that we can stop at depending on the distance we  travel tomorrow…

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