East Coast Trip
August 20-30, 2002
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We spent the first night in Winchester, VA. It's a very handsome colonial city. 
George Washington had his first surveying job here.  The next morning we drove slowly down the Skyline Drive.
A typical southern hardwood forest, but with some pines; second growth, of course, but it's been a long time since it was logged. 
It may not be clear from this sign that Gen. Jackson was waging war against the United States of America.  He lost!
There are scenic overlooks nearly every mile; we stopped at about a dozen.
I took a picture for a family, and they took one of us.
Much of the history of this region predates the invasions by Europeans.
This part of the Blue Ridge is mostly meta-basalts-- greenstones, with some granitic intrusions. I'm looking northwest toward the Folded Appalachians. In the other direction are older rocks-- Piedmont schists and gneisses
The light was recently moved inland to escape rising sea level.
Lyra, Willow, Barb & Dick first visited the new park in 1956
This was a convenient motel. (We stayed there in 1988, too.)
It was neither elegant or cheap, but it was right on the beach!
A warm morning on the beach.  Our second day at the Outer Banks was 
their hottest day of the year-- 100 degrees.  The next day it only reached 98!
Ethan-- who walked there?
The barrier island here is less than a mile wide. This is the Pamlico Sound side where the sailboarders and parasailers congregate. The Sound is about 30  miles wide.
Street in Buxton, North Carolina
On a very hot day we took the free ferry to Okrakoke Is.
Ocracoke has some wild ponies, a very old lighthouse, a cemetery where the pirate Blackbeard is buried, and no Boy Scout Troop!
(Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce)
It's a picturesque place with beautiful beaches. The small population survives on the income from tourism.
From the Outer Banks we drove up the coast, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Chincoteague, VA.  We've visited there a dozen or more times since 1955.
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Laughing Gulls at the edge of a salt marsh.
Skimmers, Royal Terns, a couple of Laughing Gulls at the rear. 
(I really need a better set-up for taking pictures through the 'scope.)
The afternoon sun at Chincoteague. (It's at the same latitude as Lisbon)
Long-time friends Donna and Dick Organist live in Newark, DE. 
We talked about old times, discussed computers and had a couple of good meals:
pizza one night and an elegant Indian dinner the next.
An additional memory stick- 128 megs- to improve performance.
Barb is sorting out the operations for moving analog video from tapes to digital files and then on to disks.  It turned out to be easier than we expected.