Deanna and I just spent a wonderful 8 days on the road exploring the wild coast from the mouth of the Delaware Bay down the coast of the Delmarva peninsula (that’s part Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) across the wide mouth of the Great Chesapeake Bay to Virginia Beach and the Norfolk area.
We were invited to visit Norfolk Academy, where the students, parents, and teachers all celebrated our coming with a dinner at the Crinkleroot Café in their cafeteria and a morning assembly featuring my books in such creative ways, it truly was inspiring. We were there for two days and part of a third. Thanks to all for a fantastic time.
As always, we used our travel to visit all the wild places we could to and from Norfolk. We saw animal tracks on the dunes of Virginia Beach where Deanna got to climb another lighthouse. This was the old Cape Henry lighthouse. I stayed down and took her picture waving from the top.
We drove around Norfolk to a wild place I’ve always wanted to see – The Great Dismal Swamp. In less than an hour, we found and photographed 3 five foot long black rat snakes.
On the trip South and back North, we visited Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island and Bombay Hook on the Delaware coast. Also on Delaware’s beautiful and protected coastline we visited Woodland Beach wildlife area, Cedar Swamp wildlife area, and Augustine wildlife area. Deanna tried out her new camera. I just enjoyed the sights and sounds and the coastal air.

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