We departed the Atlantic Yacht Basin Marina, and continued to head north - less than a mile from the marina we ventured into our first ever lock! The staff with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were terrific helping us with a 'how-to'...and it all went smoothly.
Starting to get into the heavier-commercial-traffic channels for the ports of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News.
Spirit Journey passes by many of the U.S. Navy ships...some in dry-dock, some at the regular docks. The ships are HUGE!
Wha - Hooooo!!!! We crossed Mile Marker 0 for the U.S.'s ICW...we celebrated by calling our training instructors (the training took place in Stuart, FL), Captains Jerry and Wendy Taylor!
We thought we might be passing by this new Navy aircraft carrier - the George H. W. Bush. But it docked prior to our arrival at the area where we thought we might pass. The "77" is the newest carrier in the fleet and was built at a cost of $12 billion dollars!