Sunrise on the Atlantic. What a way to begin our second day of adventures. We begin with a walk down the crowded (NOT) beach. Neptune's Park sports a tastefully decorated Christmas tree. Neptune and hit turtles appear to approve.
After enjoying wonderful breakfast at the Pocahontas Pancake House, we head north and take the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. For over 49 years, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has captured worldwide attention as a modern engineering wonder and an important East Coast travel convenience. Crossing over and under open waters where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, it provides a direct link between Southeastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula.
We stop at the scenic overlook which includes a fishing pier, restaurant and gift shop, and scenic views. Woody loved looking at the ships.
We arrive at the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Woody wants a tour of the Eastern Shore Of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge beginning with the Welcome Center and then hiking the nature paths. This area is one of the most important avian migration funnels in North America. Each fall, like colorful clockwork, the refuge is the scene of a spectacular drama as millions of songbirds and monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors converge on their voyage south. Not so much in the dead of Winter. Prior to becoming a Nature refuge, this site was Fort John Custis. The strategic location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay encouraged military uses. During World War II war, large bunkers housed 16-inch guns designed to protect naval bases and shipyards in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Fans of the movie Dr. Strangelove will recognize the "Slim Pickens" pose I am striking riding the armed projectile.
A local resident we met recommends that we visit Kiptopeke State Park in order to view its concrete ships.
Concrete Ships? Yup, they stand in two rows in the Chesapeake Bay off Kiptopeke State Park. They are ships made of concrete, used to transport military supplies during World War II, then lined up and half-sunk in 1949 to form a breakwater.
Next, we journey to Cape Charles in order to check out this quaint town and its beautiful Public Beach. The other reason I chose this destination was to have lunch at the nearby Aqua Restaurant. It was highly rated and so we decided to give it a try. Totally empty, we received outstanding service and learned all about the local Oysters that are raised nearby bay and then finished in the saltier Atlantic. They were Amazing!
Our next destination was Chincoteague Island. We drive the Island and observe its famous Wild Ponies (Think Misty), birds and Fishermen seeking a tasty dinner from the Atlantic near Toms Cove. As the sun sets, we decide not to spend the night here, but to drive to my brother Mark’s house.