Tuesday, April 7, 2015

At Portsmouth

After a beautiful morning cruising the Dismal Swamp Canal, we ended up at Portsmouth. This town actually offers a free place to dock overnight. We decided to give it a try. The location is right at the end of High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

As you can see from the pictures, this is a busy spot. The free dock areas shares the space with the local water ferry- a growth on the water taxi concept. The ferry looks like a little paddle wheeler. And it pushes a lot of water. When it pulls into this little basin, it churns the water. And LUX rocks with it. It's also across from the place that is currently taking apart some of the Navy's decommissioned ships. Supposedly, they work 24/7. We'll be able to better determine if that is true as the evening progresses.

You might also be able to see that there is a little museum right next to the dock here. It is the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. It's small, but it is packed with great displays and info. The members of the crew who visited it really enjoyed it.

After that, the afternoon was still young enough for some of the crew to go walking about exploring the area. Some of the crew found several places to eat. We decided on the German restaurant.

Yes, they had all the good food you might want. They even offered a Caesar salad for the crew member who does not like German food. And beer...hundreds of choices! But, no German chocolate cake! How could that be?

Lucky for us, Terry had been here before. He knew a place that had great desserts. And he and Peggy offered to get some and bring them back to the boat. They showed up almost an hour later! We thought that they had decided to eat their desserts at the restaurant before returning to the boat. Nope! The restaurant was just having trouble cooking the cookie!

Yes, I forgot to take a picture of it before I went to work on it. Yes, it was a good cookie. Don't know if it was worth the long wait, though! But, it certainly was tasty! And, it was a great way to end the day.

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