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Our next stop with the rental van was colonial Williamsburg. Williamsburg was more geared for tourists than Yorktown. Scenes from Williamsburg.
Carriage ride at Williamsburg
Carriage ride at Williamsburg
Another carriage at Williamsburg
Another carriage at Williamsburg
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More pictures from Williamsburg.
Governor's mansion
Governor's mansion
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Thanks for the pictures Curt. I've never been to Yorktown, but we've been to Williamsburg several times. My wife and I actually rented a room in one of the historic buildings on the main street. They would lend you period clothes to wear if you wanted. We wore them one day, but they were wool and very hot and uncomfortable.
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We kept the rental van for a second day and went to Fort Monroe which is located where the James river meets Chesapeake bay. This fort is large enough to actually drive across the moat and inside the fort.
Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan
Everything was closed up so didn't spend much time there.

We still had most of the day left so we headed thru the tunnel under the James river to the Norfolk botanical gardens.
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At the botanical gardens, there was a tram that you could ride instead of walking thru the gardens.
Tram crossing bridge at Norfolk botanical gardens
Tram crossing bridge at Norfolk botanical gardens

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There were lots of pretty flowers at the Norfolk botanical gardens, both outside and inside.
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More flowers from the Norfolk botanical gardens.
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We headed back to the boat, with sore feet from walking the botanical gardens grounds, late in the afternoon and returned the rental van. But before we called it a day, there was a carousel near where we were docked in downtown Hampton.
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After spending 3 days at the marina in downtown Hampton, it was time to move on North up the Chesapeake bay. So on May 7th, we head North up to Reedville, VA where we stop at a restaurant free dock for the evening. We get together with other looper boaters for supper at the restaurant.
Loopers at Reedville market restaurant
Loopers at Reedville market restaurant
We left at 6 am the next morning so we could cross the mouth of the Potomac river before the wind came up and made the water rough. Where the Potomac empties into Chesapeake bay, it's about 10 miles wide. Our next stop would be in Solomons MD where we stayed for 3 nights. Once we got settled in, we got an Uber and went to Calvert Marine museum.
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The museum had lots of displays and was one of the best we have visited.
Boat building picture at museum
Boat building picture at museum

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More pictures from the Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons.
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Shark mouth
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Old Evinrude motor

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More pictures from Calvert Maritime Museum.
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Antique motors
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More pictures from Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons.
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Outside the Calvert Maritime Museum was this lighthouse.
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Early the next day, the other looper boats that we had been traveling with for the past 2 weeks, left to go across the bay to explore the East shore. Instead of going across the bay, we got a rental car and drove up to Mount Vernon, George Washington home. We spent all day at Mount Vernon and got back to the boat at 5:00.
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon looking from the Potomac river side
Mount Vernon looking from the Potomac river side
Grave of George Washington
Grave of George Washington

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Pictures from inside George Washington Mount Vernon home.
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Interesting ceiling
Interesting ceiling
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More pictures from inside George Washington Mount Vernon home.
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George Washington writing desk
George Washington writing desk
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There was a boat dock on the Potomac river where private boats can dock and visit Mount Vernon. I had thought about taking our boat up the Potomac river and dock here to visit Mount Vernon, but it was a two day trip each way. The drive with the rental car was only 90 minutes each way from Solomons.
Dock at Mount Vernon
Dock at Mount Vernon
There was stairway path to get from the boat dock up the hill to the home.
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There was also a separate museum building telling about George Washington life.
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