|So many things to do and see here with so little time...
Our first stop was Virgina Beach. The RV park was quite large and a bevy of activities. The beach was just a couple of miles away so off we went. We took the time to explore much of the area by bicycle. There are many things to do at the beach; eat, drink, games, rides, people watching, etc. On our return trip to the RV we stumbled upon a blue crab fisherman selling his goods. Mike couldn't resist. We bought a few pounds and spent HOURS messing with these little buggers to get bits of meat out. Sometimes I have to remind myself it's all part of the journey.
We were lucky enough to spend some time on the weekend here which really gives one a feel of the local area. With the port of Norfolk in the vicinity, it can be assumed that there is a huge presence of military personnel on land, at sea and in the air, which was easily witnessed another day on our jaunt across the 17 mile underwater Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. An amazing feat of engineering.
Next adventure was the Historical Triangle; Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. I could write endlessly about our experiences here. I do regret failing to understand the importance and magnitude of the history here as we surely would have brought our kids here many years before. The earliest settlement in our country was Jamestown. With replicas of early housing, an Indian settlement, a new museum and the nearby port complete with historical sailing ships it was moving to stand where so much bloody history happened.
Colonial Williamsburg was really special. The whole town, bordering William and Mary College, is a fully restored colonial town filled with docents, actors, museums, food and a palace. A reenactment of the storming of the palace played out while we visited. There were carriages on the streets, coffeehouses, courthouse, jail, pubs/rooming houses and much more. Every American, young and old would love this experience!
Yorktown has a new museum, a battlefield and a waterfront. We saw cannons shot and watched how flax is made into fiber. Interesting stuff.
A day of rides and fun were in order at the nearby Busch Gardens. Some awesome roller coaster rides were had here topped off with a concert by Third Day, a christian rock band. Nice day, great music.
We took a side trip to Richmond to visit the state capitol, which was beautifully colonial looking. We took the capitol tour,walked along the James River and visited the Traedegar Civil War foundry. We completely filled the day and were richer for the experience.
Lastly, we spent some time in Fredericksburg, home of a bloody Civil War battle. We took a walking tour of the historic district and explored the battle field/cemetary. So many lives lost here. To end the day we visited the Chancellorsville museum and battlefield where Stonewall Jackson was shot.
We were overwhelmed by facts and historical events in the 10 days we spent here and tried to make the most of it. I felt successful when we left!