On to Norfolk

Our overnight spot where we tied up just before the Deep Creek Bascule Bridge

Our overnight spot where we tied up just before the Deep Creek Bascule Bridge

Look closely... I turned this picture upside down to show you the amazing reflection.  Invert for the true photo!

Look closely… I turned this picture upside down to show you the amazing reflection. Invert for the true photo!

Our cockpit.  Cindy's favorite spot while underway is the corner to the left.  There she reads, crochets, or whatever else strikes her fancy.

Our cockpit. Cindy’s favorite spot while underway is the corner to the left. There she reads, crochets, or whatever else strikes her fancy.

Friday morning, July 3rd, we arose, ready to continue northward through the Deep Creek Draw Bridge and Lock at the 8:30 opening. Unfortunately, a small recreational vessel wanted to come through from the north. That means we had to wait an additional forty-five minutes to an hour for them to come through the lock and bridge. Fortunately, we had little distance to cover today, so the wait was not all that difficult to endure. Robert, the Deep Creek Lock operator is one of a kind. He brought us coffee and strawberry yogurt filled with strawberries and bananas while we waited in the lock. He blew on our shofar and his conch shells for a while. He also waxed eloquent on the history of the Dismal Swamp and gave us information on the must see places in Norfolk while we are there. It was a joy to meet him. We’ll likely see him again in a few months as we head southward.

Entering the Deep Creek Lock

Entering the Deep Creek Lock

Cindy with fresh coffee and yogurt courtesy of Robert, the lock tender

Cindy with fresh coffee and yogurt courtesy of Robert, the lock tender

After transiting the lock, we only had nine nautical miles to cover. As we made our way up the south branch of the Elizabeth River, we had several bridges to pass through, including three lift bridges, which have not been very common along the ICW. Before long, we passed the Naval Shipyard and Portsmouth off to our port side. And finally, we crossed the bay and made our way into Norfolk where we had reserved a slip at the Waterside Marina for the weekend of the 4th of July. Two helpful dockhands were ready to help us tie up to the dock around 11:30 a.m.

Naval patrol vessel keeping us away from the Navy shipyard

Naval patrol vessel keeping us away from the Navy shipyard

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, currently in service in the United States Navy, in the shipyard

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, currently in service in the United States Navy, in the shipyard

Lift bridge and railroad bridge down as we approach.

Lift bridge and railroad bridge down as we approach.

Both raised to allow passage

Both raised to allow passage

Two bridges with Norfolk in background

Two bridges with Norfolk in background

Beatitude in her slip in Waterside Marina

Beatitude in her slip in Waterside Marina

We had established reaching Norfolk by the 4th as a goal several weeks ago. It was nice to pull into the city just as we had hoped. We quickly checked into the marina and, by 12:15, were catching the Elizabeth River Ferry over to High Street Landing in Portsmouth. Robert (the lock operator) had recommended we catch a meal and movie at The Commodore Theatre, a historic movie theater on High Street in Portsmouth. The Art Deco style building was built in 1945 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The artwork has been painstakingly reworked. The chandeliers are made of Italian leaded crystal. Large murals along the sides of the theater were repainted and enhanced. The huge screen and state of the art sound system makes it a wonderful movie-watching experience. The lower floor has numerous dining tables and comfortable chairs for its patrons. The food was actually quite good. And the movie was also very enjoyable, Jurassic World. After the movie, we caught the ferry back to the Norfolk side of the river where we relaxed for the rest of the day.

Cindy ascending the steps on the Ferry

Cindy ascending the steps on the Ferry

Cindy on the Ferry

Cindy on the Ferry

Beautiful High Street in Portsmouth

Beautiful High Street in Portsmouth

The Old Courthouse in Portsmouth

The Old Courthouse in Portsmouth

Church in Portsmouth

Church in Portsmouth

Confederate Memorial in Portsmouth

Confederate Memorial in Portsmouth

The lovely Commodore

The lovely Commodore

From our table, looking toward the screen

From our table, looking toward the screen

Interior of the Commodore

Interior of the Commodore

Beatitude, visible in her slip, with Norfolk in background

Beatitude, visible in her slip, with Norfolk in background

4 thoughts on “On to Norfolk

  1. Such beautiful and interesting sights on your journey northward! Glad you made your destination as planned! Love you! Happy Fourth!

  2. Looks like a beautiful town. Glad you made your destination. Sounds like you had a fun day! Love you guys! Enjoy!

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