Kumu Crew: Chesapeake Bay

April 23, 2016

In from Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau ‘05

"Mannn that's a purrty boat." A man and his wife come down to our dock as we are preparing to rest our weary souls. He's a submarine engineer here in this corner of Virginia known as Poquoson. He is very impressed with Hokule'a and appreciates the details of her design. This guy builds naval submarines for a living and he's standing there telling Hokule'a she's purrtty!

Amazing stuff in this strange, beautiful land. Our crew is exhausted after a long day of canoe tours and dockside outreach in Hampton as well as a rough passage in the Chesapeake from Hampton to Poquoson. We got a good taste of spring time weather in these parts today with sunny skies throughout our outreach then thunderstorms and lightning right as we were preparing to leave.

Soaked to the bone I can't help but smile at the timing of weather. It was a beautiful contrast to be talking about celestial navigation with some local elementary students one moment then standing back on Hokule'a with three layers on catching rain, wind and waves bow to stern. Chesapeake Bay is a special place.

I look forward to learning more about this place and its people throughout our stay on Yorktown.