Well, as I said before, "our schedule is we have no schedule, and we are sticking to it". We decided to take a little side trip after leaving Norfolk and explore the James River. What a beautiful river with tons of history. After passing the Navy Ghost Fleet (a few dozen WWII ships anchored in the James river) our first Anchorage was the Chickahominy River just off the James. The Chickahominy is one of those gems that you find when you get off the main waterway and go exploring. We arrived early in the afternoon so I had time to try my hand at crab fishing. I tied chicken legs to two lines off the back of the boat, mixed a drink, and waited for the crabs to bite. To my surprise, I was so busy I didn't even have time to drink my drink. After about two hours I had enough for dinner and then some. Stephanie steamed them in Old Bay and we were crackin' and adippin'. I had a blast catching them and they were sooo goooood! The next day we put the family cars in the water and went exploring up the Chickahominy. We traveled about twelve miles up the Chickahominy and it was beautiful. On the way back we found a little restaurant that had great burgers and cold beer. After filling the family car with fuel we headed back to the boats. Doug picked up his sister Dale late in the afternoon, (the one who lent us the car in Norfolk, and would be joining us for the second half of the trip up the James River.) That evening we were also visited by Steen and Trudy on Shenanigans and their friends Norman and Betsy, on a 36 Monk, who were stopping in the same anchorage we were in for the night. You never know when or where you are going to meet up with cruising friends again. What a pleasant surprise. We had Doug, Tammy, and Dale over for the last of the dolphin from the Exumas on the grill and corn on the cob. Made us all wish we were back in the Islands. After dinner Steen, Trudy, Norman, and Betsy joined us for after dinner drinks and Oreo pie that Tammy made. We introduced them to the way we share pie in the Islands. Everyone gets a fork and you pass the pie around. A little weird, but loads of fun. After a later than normal night we weighed anchor at 08:00 and headed for Richmond, VA.
September Song (a little side trip) out