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Thomas Point Light - a Chesapeake Bay landmark - south of Annapolis
After a day at the boat show, my brother Kit left for home and I headed south down the Chesapeake (on my own) to Norfolk where I met Nancy who flew in to join me.  She planned to spend a week aboard; she had a return ticket from Charleston, SC.
Big ships rule in Norfolk, VA.  This giant cruise ship appears headed directly for our stern.  Somehow, we missed an incident which would have ruined our whole day!
Now that's an impressive bow!  They don't build ships like that anymore.
Heading south from Norfolk, we entered the official IntraCoastal Waterway.  We chose the more scenic and interesting Dismal Swamp route.  To me, it looked much the same as it did 20 years ago.
Sign at the northern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.  Only 737 mi to JAX!
This is why we chose this alternative to the busier main route.  It is a unique and serene setting.
Another advantage of the Dismal Swamp route is that it brings you to Elizabeth City, Harbor of Hospitality.  They offer free dockage to attract business to their town. It worked for us!
Running down the cola-colored water of the Pasquotank River - en route to...   Elizabeth City, NC - Harbor of Hospitality
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Our very brown wake in the Dismal Swamp
At left: Nancy at the helm as we transit the Dismal Swamp Canal.  There was lots of stuff floating in the water, and apparently it caused a lot of grief to some of the powerboaters with unprotected props. (We talked to them later in Elizabeth City).  Fortunately, the design of the PDQ and its shallow draft, helped us avoid any such problems.
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