Actually, we had been mounting a search for Joe's favorite marmalade which had recently disappeared from the grocery shelves.
He finally found it again at a Kroger near Hampton, where he grudgingly let another shopper have one jar of the twelve that were in stock. So that made the rental worthwhile.
Unfortunately, the night before it was to be returned to Enterprise, while parked in the garage that Enterprise uses, the car was keyed.
Now we get to find out how well AMEX takes care of us. So far it's looking good.
Saturday Randy and Barb (Lazy Dolphin) showed up in time for dinner.
We had a great time catching up with them and hoped they'd end up staying a few days. But the next morning they'd decided to leave to try to beat some windy weather that was predicted. Before they left we heard a couple of loud "pows" from their direction. Then we noticed our power was off. Then it was clear the power was off all over. Must have been a transformer that blew. So, Barb and Randy started on their way south to Portsmouth. Not too long after, the power came back on. Then an email from Barb. Evidently when the transformer went, it took their inverter along with it. So, off to a Portsmouth marina they went to wait for repairs.
Earlier we'd gone to the Air and Space center to see Gravity on the IMAX in 3D. We were exhausted - mentally and physically - by the end but both really enjoyed it.
The next weekend was the Snowbird Rendezvous at Hampton. I had caught a cold while we were in Duck, but Joe participated. Evidently, I really missed out on some good meals and presentations.
The weather was perfect for the trip, with the incredible reflections of the trees in the water. There were just the beginnings of some fall colors in the foliage. We normally stop after the first lock and visit with Robert, the lock master, and walk to the Mexican restaurant for dinner. The timing didn't really work out this time, so we said hello and good-bye to Robert as we locked through and went ahead through the canal. A few days later we found out that the Mexican restaurant has closed. Sad news, as it had become a regular stop for many cruisers as they passed through.
When Joe booted up the ship's computer it failed to recognize his Nobletec I-key. In other words, the navigational software would not work. So as we went along he installed Rose Point, a new navigational program he was planning to try out this winter. No time like the present! He got it basically working, but he couldn't access radar without a code that was waiting with our mail in Green Cove Springs.
We ended up making it a long day - to avoid crossing Albemarle Sound in the wind that was arriving the next day - and anchored in the Alligator River.
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