Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Bit Of Indian Summer

I thought I would interrupt my Halloween post for a little bit of Indian Summer. I was off today, and since it was such a beautiful day my husband and I went to Virginia Beach. We wanted to do something different so we decided to visit the Cape Henry Lighthouse and First Landing Cross.

The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1792. The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is maintained by the APVA and is a National Historic Landmark, serving as the official symbol for the City of Virginia Beach.



It started to crack in 1870 and was replaced with the new Cape Henry Lighthouse only 357 feet away, which is an active aid to navigation and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.




In the same area is the First Landing Cross





Upon touching the shore of the New World on April 26, 1607 (13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) the first permanent English settlers from the London Company set up a cross on the newly named Cape Henry shore in gratitude to God and to affirm England's claim to the site. These settlers later traveled up the James River to Jamestown. Each year a pilgrimage is organized by the Order of Cape Henry to celebrate this milestone. The present-day granite cross was erected in 1935 and is a national landmark.

Just a few feet from the cross are some steps leading to an overlook of the Atlantic Ocean. We spent several minutes there watching the waves and the people down on the sand.


The waves were so pretty lapping up against the rocks.



We looked out across the water and much to our surprise we saw some dolphins playing. I could only zoom in close enough to show the splashing.





It was so peaceful to look out and see water everywhere


While we were watching the dolphins a ship sailed past heading towards open water. If you look closely just beside the ship you can see the Chesapeake Bay Bridge leading to the eastern shore and on up into Maryland.


Well that is about it..
Thank you for coming along on my trip. Tomorrow I will have another Halloween Post for you.



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8 Comments:

Anonymous rory said...

Awwwwwwwww that makes me miss the beach.

October 14, 2007 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

What a good day you had. I've been through Virginia as a child but never over by the coast. It's beautiful.

October 14, 2007 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger TurtleHeart said...

Looks like it was an absolutely beautiful day! Great pic of you. :)

October 15, 2007 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger *~*Cece*~* said...

Beaautiful pictures!

October 15, 2007 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Julie Marie said...

I'm glad you had a day off and the opportunity to take advantage of it. It looks like you had a great day. I want to see dolphins splashing someday.

Julie

October 15, 2007 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Kali said...

Those are wonderful photos. Being landlocked as I am, I enjoy seeing pictures of large bodies of water!

October 15, 2007 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger peppylady said...

What a day you had with hubby.

I've never seen a light house but only in pictures plus I never seen a whale.
I keep saying when I go over to Pacific ocean ans I want to see a whale and now I'm adding to my list a light house.

October 16, 2007 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

What a wonderful day, wish I could have joined you! I've only been to the Pacific Ocean once and to the Atlantic Ocean once also and I remember how much I loved walking along the seashore. Loved all the pictuers:-) xox

October 17, 2007 at 2:03 PM  

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