Went on a fun little road trip this weekend. First stopped at Kiptopeke state park in VA where they have constructed a huge breakwater with surplus concrete ships from WWII.
Then headed further south to Norfolk to tour the USS Wisconsin at the Nauticus museum. Most of the exhibits in the museum are not worth your time. There is however the Hampton Road Naval museum which seems to be a separate entity sharing space with Nauticus. It is excellent and worth your time. I recommend going there and then paying for a tour of the Wisconsin.
Thought some people might appreciate this awesome model of a carrier strike group.
Next after the rain stopped we headed down to North Carolina to the Outter Banks. The Kitty Hawk museum was closed when we arrived but we woke up first thing to go get our over sand permit from the ranger station. This time of year it wasn't crowded at all and we lucked out on the weather. Driving on the sand was certainly fun and a good way to take in all the scenery. One slightly annoying thing is that the beach alternates between vehicle access areas and pedestrian only areas. This would be fine if they had ramps to get in and off the beach at each of these transitions, but they don't. I was bummed that I was only able to budget a day to explore the outer banks as there is way more to see and do.
The bad news is the truck didn't like the trip. The seal that keeps axle grease out of the birfield has completely let go and I need to do a axle rebuild ASAP. I also have a new strong vibration when accelerating between 40-45 MPH. this is not like a death wobble , but rather the entire car shaking only when you are on the accelerator. when you let off the vibrations stop.
Any ideas? I'm thinking sand ruined one of the drive shaft u-joints. Could it be in my tires, like a thrown wheel weight - I'm inclined to say no because the vibrations go away once you get off the gas?