Avon, NC to Norfolk, VA., Jamestown, Norfolk Naval Base, Portsmouth
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All too short, my stay in the Outer Banks was over and it was time to move on. I had an easy day travel up to the Elks Lodge in Norfolk, VA where I have stayed before. The folks here were very friendly and it was nice to return and see them again.
Norfolk and the surrounding area has much to see and visit and I have enjoyed my stays there. Virginia Beach is not too far away and I took a day to go out and see what was going on there. Got lucky and found a huge art and craft show right on the boardwalk on the beach. There were more than a mile of tents and displays of all types of crafts. The weather was great and I had an enjoyable day strolling the beach and people watching. While stopping for some snacks and lunch I found that many of the young folks working there were from Eastern Europe.
On another day, I took the boat tour in Norfolk Harbor. We traveled all the way up and along the Naval base and the skipper gave us a complete history and identification of all of the ships moored in the Base. It was very interesting tour.
Jamestown was not too far away and I took a day to visit the National Park and the State run Jamestown Settlement. The National Park is located on the origional site of the origional fort and village. Major work is ongoing by archaeologists digging up the whole site foot by foot. The site is quite large and extremely well displayed. A new visitors center is under construction and expected to be ready by 2007, the 400 year anniversary of the settlement. They beat the Pilgrims in Plymouth by 13 years.
Next to the National Park in Jamestown is Jamestown Settlement. This is a living history museum of 17th century Virginia. A visit here starts with a huge brick visitors center where you can see exhibits and movies about the settlement and early Virginia. From there a short walk takes you into the recreated village which includes a Powhatan Indian Village, James Fort which has many recreated buildings and then to the waterfront where the three ships that brought the first settlers in 1607, have been constructed to the origional plans. All through the area are costumed guides who explain different sections for the visitors.
In Portsmouth, I visited the Portsmouth Navy Yard Museum and a lightship. Up river from Norfolk is Hampton Roads where I revisited the Virginia Air and Space museum. This one has great exhibits focused to young folks and would be a good one to take your children to. many are interactive and the kids there were having a great time.
Summary: Elk Lodges: 41, Escapee RV Parks: 25, Public RV Parks: 31, National Parks: 47, Major Ships: 10, Forts: 20
Expenses: 35 months on the road with an average of $1951 per month.