|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
(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.|