I learned the weather in Chesapeake Bay is wild. In one line of thunderstorms there were over 600 lightning strikes, 65 mph gusts, and 2 inch hail according to the weatherman. His forecast always seemed to include the possibility of a thundershower, and that is what happened. He mentioned the risk of getting hit by lightning, how boaters were injured or killed in bad weather, and that an entire trailer park community was washed out by flash flooding yesterday. Today the wind and waves shut down kayak rentals at Kiptopeke State Park, but I brought my own kayak to Virginia. Driving from my hotel to Kiptopeke I was nervous about paddling out to the concrete ships if conditions got bad, but was excited, so excited.
Jamestowne, the oldest permanent English settlement in America
Standing in front of the James Fort is Pocahontas, who saved the captured John Smith from her father, the chief, according to legend
James Fort model
This poor Jamestowne colonist had his burial unearthed and was put on display
Yorktown, the site of the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War, where Britian lost any chance of winning it
Site of Cornwallis' surrender to Washington at Yorktown
When ordered to lay down arms the British soldiers smashed their guns onto the ground as if to break them. British officers were crying and soldiers were drunk and unruly when surrendering to ragged American troops.
Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Neptune, Roman god of the sea
There are 9, 350 foot partially sunken concrete military surpus ghost ships that form a breakwater which protected me from the wind and large waves in the bay today
Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill
at the concrete ships