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Weekend in Virginia's Tidewater (lots of pics)

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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:54 am


Last weekend, Harbour Lights toured Virginia's Tidewater lighthouses by sea, and by land...

Saturday's cruise began in Virginia Beach, as we sailed past the Cape Henry's at Fort Story.
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Then we headed out to sea for the long journey to the Chesapeake Tower. This tower is slated for demolition, so I'm so glad I finally got to see it.
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Next was the Cape Charles light. Not enough lens, and not enough talent, but at least you can see we did see it. :roll:
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:55 am


Back near the Merrimac Monitor Bridge, a treat was in store. The new owner and friends were busily at work on Newport News Middle Ground. A couple of his crew were headed inland for more supplies. Check out that newly installed French door!
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Circling around, we can see more of the work group.
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When we asked if the owner was there, someone stuck their head out the window of the upper level.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:00 am


Passing by Thimble Shoals. Curiously, we had rain or drizzle for most of the boat trip Saturday, but it always stopped when we arrived at a lighthouse.
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Threatening black cloud hovers near the Chamberlain Hotel at Fort Monroe
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On past Old Point Comfort. Another poor photo, but at least you can see how this light sits on the waterfront. We would see it from land the next day.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:11 am


After the captain let us off at the dock in Portsmouth, we walked back to the hotel, passing the Hog Island First Fresnel that's housed on the waterfront.
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And where else can you stroll by (and tour) a lightship to get to your hotel?
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Next up...Sunday's land tour
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:26 am


Divided into two groups/two commercial buses, bus #2 arrived first at Fort Story to climb and tour both Cape Henry's. New Cape Henry is seldom open for the public to climb, but the CG allowed us access.

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Bill & Betty Parrish completing their climb of New Cape Henry
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And me too :D
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:02 am


Here we are on Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort, and waiting in line to climb, three at a time to the top.
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Admiring the Cobb's gardens while waiting in line
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LTC Cobb and wife Lisa, the currant occupants of the keeper's dwelling were very gratious hosts and joined us. Lisa brought out her Harbour Lights version of the lighthouse and had it autographed by both Bill and Nancy Younger. The family is very appreciative to have the opportunity to live in this historic home, and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with them.

Our third stop for the day was the Coast Guard National Aids to Navigation Museum in Yorktown where we were greeted by our host, CWOR Farr. Just a week before, all the lenses were in crates or storage while construction was being completed. I've posted many photos of this beautiful lens museum previously, so won't here. To re-visit go to
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This was a fun weekend with a great group and expertly planned by Dave Hannum. Friday, I took a group down to tour OBX where we climbed Currituck and Hatteras, had lunch on the porch of the keeper's dwelling at Bodie, toured the inside of Ocracoke and finished the day at dusk watching the magnificant lens at Bodie in action. Saturday evening was the HL Regional dinner with delicious food and fellowship and a terrific & heartfelt speech delivered by Tony Constantino, of Harbour Lights.

Thanks for wading through all my photos of the weekend. :D

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Postby Larry » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:03 am


vacastle wrote:And where else can you stroll by (and tour) a lightship to get to your hotel?


Baltimore. :P =))
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:30 pm


Judy, thanks for sharing ....

I enjoyed the shot of the Chesapeake Tower, something we dont usually see ... and I am amazed, even after have seen it myself, how large the Hog Island Lens is ...

Thanks for bringing us along!
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Postby Ross » Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:57 pm


Is that Tom Kenworthy I see there? Gotta watch out for him, he's a Yankees fan!! ;)
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Postby Jen » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:55 am


Judy, thanks so much for posting your images! Great shots and I love those storm clouds! Can you post the ones from Friday, too?
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Postby COTA » Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:45 pm


Thanks for sharing!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:30 am


I've have seen all of these lights before, but not gotten that close to them all. Thanks for taking us along for the trip!
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Postby vacastle » Mon Jul 03, 2006 6:42 am


Jen, I actually did not use my camera on Friday. I had been up all night Thursday suffering from either a bout of food poisoning or a bad reaction to something I ate, and thought I was going to have to cancel Friday. I was lucky to make it at all, and also to have a nurse along on the Friday tour who made sure I drank gingerale and Gatorade all day. One of the guys even took over the driving my car. The tour guide for the day was an aching limp rag doll. Maybe Eric (Weasel) will post some of his when he gets home.

Because the staff at Currituck allowed us early entry, we didn't have the crowds to contend with for photos. Then we really lucked out at Ocracoke. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum directors had brought a group of teenagers who had been participating in a shipwreck seminar all week to Ocracoke and were met by an NPS ranger. The teens were allowed to climb- something that is very seldom allowed, and we were allowed to go into the base.

Ross, that is indeed Tom K. There were enough NELL folks to fill most of a commercial bus. Many of them did an extended tour into OBX last week.

Larry, you are so right. I really should have said something like, "How often can you stroll by a lightship on your way to your hotel?".

The highlight of the Sat. cruise for me was seeing the new owner, Robert Gonsoulin of Williamsburg and crew at work on his recently purchased lighthouse at Middleground, and of course seeing the Chesapeake Tower up close. Sure, I've seen and done most of what we did last weekend in VA & NC, but it was a most enjoyable weekend (minus the Thurs. night bout) spent with a great group of folks. It was fun Friday watching others experience the beauty of OBX for the first time. (Eric & I were the only ones in the group who had been there before.) And I can not say enough about how well the entire weekend event was planned.

I'm ready to go again! :D

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Postby Jen » Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:17 am


Yuck about the food poisoning! I heard Sandy was sick, too, on the Wolf Trap charter that Fran had organized. Are you going to Maine in the fall with Dave's group? I had to back out - too many things pending at home with trying to get the fine points of financial management down with a new house and all the things one needs in a new home (like tractors to mow the lawn, putting a yard in, etc.). So glad you guys had a great time!!
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Postby vacastle » Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:49 am


Yes, I've sent my deposit in and am making plans to go. Hoping also to extend that time through the re-lighting of Avery Point. That's going to be NELL's Fall membership meeting weekend.

Darn, Jen. I was looking forward to seeing you again soon - in Maine. But I do understand.

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