Our neighbor across from the Waterside Marina was a huge working shipyard, with mostly US Navy ships being repaired and refitted. We saw everything from aircraft carriers to submarines in the docks and yards.
Since 911 or maybe the USS Koll incident in Yemen, the navy has no sense of humor if you get close to their ships. Small gunboats patrol the perimiter of the yards. There is no mistaking their intention if you misbehave!
Since we raced up to Norfolk several days ahead of schedule due to Carrie's thumb, we ended up with a rather long stay (10 days, I think) here. Given that was more than twice our planned stay in Norfolk, I would like to say we saw all the sites worth seeing. But our time was spent mostly doing things around the boat, hitting the chiropractor every other day to try and get my back fixed, and yes, partying with our fellow loopers. We caught up again with Moonstruck, and also met another Algonquin, this one from Canada with a couple of terrific folks, Garth and Cathy.
Carrie and I did manage to rent a car one day and go through Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and the Yorktown battlefield (our favorite). The National Park rangers at Yorktown are quite passionate about honoring the place where the last battle of the Revolutionary War was won by Washington and his troops (with some help from the French, back when they used to know how to fight). As the ranger put it, "We declared our independance in Philidelphia on July 4, 1776, but we won it on October 17, 1781 when General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown."
We also took time to cook up a batch of Nono's spaghetti sauce and I learned something. You don't need to make five gallons of it if your three kids and their tuperware containers are 3,000 miles away! We made about a gallon which should last the Admiral and I quite a while. But, truthfully, I wish the kids were here to scrounge some up.
I learned a couple of Looper quotes I think are worth passing on:
1) (with regard to friends and family who want to come visit you on the loop) "You can pick the date, or you can pick the place, but you can't pick both"...and,
2) "I'm NOT on a schedule...and I'm sticking to it!"