Photos by John Bildahl
If you've never been to the Chesapeake, you'll probably want to start at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. If you've lived on the Bay all your life and haven't been there, you should go because you'll still find your knowledge and understanding of the Chesapeake enriched.
Photos by Onne van der Wal
Ravaged by time, weather and neglect, Culebrita Lighthouse stands sentry over the Virgin Passage between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The unmanned solar-powered beacon casts its light from 305 feet above the sea atop the highest of three volcanic hills on Isla Culebrita, the easternmost of the Puerto Rican islands.
Visiting boaters are welcomed with open arms in this quaint town known as the Harbor of Hospitality
Mention "Rose Buddies" to Intracoastal Waterway cruisers and they immediately know you're talking about Elizabeth City, N.C., on the Pasquotank River. It's the major port on the Dismal Swamp Canal route between Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound.
Boaters who transit the Dismal Swamp Canal, which George Washington called a "glorious paradise," experience the serenity of the pristine, untamed wilderness that once covered more than 1 million acres of southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
However, the canal gives just a taste of Dismal Swamp, one of North America's great wetland forests. To experience what lies within the dense stands that line the narrow waterway, tie up at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and walk across the pontoon swing bridge into Dismal Swamp State Park.
Elizabeth City is on a sharp bend of North Carolina's Pasquotank River, just below the U.S. 158 bascule bridge. It's the major port on the Dismal Swamp Canal route and about 20 miles from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Albemarle Sound.
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