Our first stop was Assateague Island National Seashore.
A Information Bit from the NPS website:
There was a touch tank, he had to pick up things for the Jr. Ranger badge. He did not want to touch the horseshoe crab.
Getting his badge. They also had the certificates here too!
Lon was then free to explore the center for a little while longer.
It was not too far out of our way either!
This one is in Virginia!
It is a Nasa facility that still sends rockets into space!
Someone needs to come up with a better name for these things
I just have not thought of one yet!
We stopped for lunch at the Sage Diner. Not the best place we have ever stopped. Won't be stopping there again.
From the CBBT website, they are the ones who run the bridge:
The Bridge-Tunnel project is a four-lane 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing of the lower Chesapeake Bay. The facility carries US 13, the main north-south highway on Virginia's Eastern Shore, and provides the only direct link between Virginia's Eastern Shore and south Hampton Roads, Virginia. The crossing consists of a series of low-level trestles interrupted by two approximately one-mile-long tunnels beneath Thimble Shoals and Chesapeake navigation channels. The manmade islands, each approximately 5.25 acres in size, are located at each end of the two tunnels. There are also high level bridges over two other navigation channels: North Channel Bridge and Fisherman Inlet Bridge. Finally, between North Channel and Fisherman Inlet, the facility crosses at-grade over Fisherman Island, a barrier island which includes the Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Toll collection facilities are located at each end of the facility.
The toll was 15 dollars.
This is the Baptist Church.
He was a Swiss Gentleman from, of all places, Bern!
There are a lot of bears around New Bern. Some are on all fours such as this one. He also has the state flag and the city flag adorning him
We only saw one chain saw art type bear
History bit from Mitchell Hardware's website:
Visitors to coastal New Bern (North Carolina's second oldest city) enjoy one of it's most popular traditions: Mitchell Hardware - located at 215 Craven Street in the historic downtown district.
Founded as a livery stable in 1898 by Thomas J. Mitchell, it specialized in selling horses, mules, wagons, and harnesses. Then, as now, it had the reputation of the place to find those "hard to find" items. As time passed, the Mitchell Business became a general hardware store. From that time until the present, it has met the needs of people in New Bern and Craven County for hardware items and much more. And now, thanks to the Internet, Mitchell's is accessible to the whole world!
This locally owned and managed hardware store was operated by a member of the Mitchell family from its founding until 1987. Thomas Mitchell IV, better known as "Buzz" retired due to ill health and sold the store to Harold and Pat Talton, long time residents of Craven County.
The Taltons decided to keep the Mitchell name and all of the good memories the name evoked among residents of the area. "Buzz" is still fondly remembered by many for his uncanny ability to locate every item in his crowded store and for his ever-present cigar. Much of his stock was stored in his cigar boxes. Today's manager, Greg Smith, still provides the same convenience and service to Mitchell Hardware customers that they have expected and received since 1898 - he has even saved a few cigar boxes.
Finding the tiny rented store a little small and overcrowded by the large inventory, the Taltons were pleased when a 1912 building became available across the street. They purchased and remodeled it to meet the needs of a modern hardware store, but sought to preserve the integrity of a genuine turn-of-the-century building, from the pressed tin ceilings to the leaded glass across the front. The move in 1988 was a busy time for all at Mitchell Hardware. With the help of employees, friends, and valued customers who pitched in to assist, the store never closed its doors.
Today, the friendly staff at Mitchell Hardware thinks you will like what you find in this unique store: from the old to the new in hardware items, a full line of cast iron cookware, traditional pottery, enamel ware, accessories for bird watchers, and much, much more.
They were doing a ghost tour when we walked by. We might do that when we come back!
A mural, I am not sure why it is there. We liked it.
Time to say good night!
It was a very fun day!
Tomorrow is home and maybe a hurricane!