Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tangier Island, VA

In early August, we took our last adventure of the summer to Tangier Island, VA. We left Reedville, VA on the Chesapeake Breeze Cruise Ship that took an hour and a half to arrive on the island.

The population of the island is around 500 people, who originate from the United Kingdom, predominantly Scotland. The island is only 7 acres in size.
Tangier is very isolated with the only ways on and off the island being by boat or airplane. With this transportation, (and Cable Television and Internet set up in the spring of 2010), islanders keep up with the rest of the world.

As far as attractions, Tangier Island has 4 or 5 gifts shops, 4 restaurants, and a couple places to stay the night, including the Bed and Breakfast.

Tangier Island is known for its seafood, but I actually had a chicken salad wrap, but it was a very unique, sweet chicken salad with perhaps honey in the recipe. We also had ice cream from a local ice cream shop that had a very modern, soda shop interior decor.

Much of the economy is based on the fishing industry, particularly crabbing, with some money being made from tourists. Most people on the island drive golf carts, and some people offer guided tours on extra long carts. I was interested to actually see speed limits signs with a speed limit of 15 mph! (We did see 2 or 3 trucks on the island.)

For years, the island had only one church, the Methodist Church, but now the Methodist Church and a New Covenant Church exist on the 7 acres.

The island also has a police force made up of 1 person. However, the most unusual aspect to Tangier Island is the accent, which sounds very similar to the accent of the people who settled Tangier Island in 1686.

Overall, we had an enjoyable experience, other than the fact that is was extremely hot and humid in late summer.

For more information about Tangier Island, visit the wikipedia link here.

To hear the unique accent of Tangier Island dwellers, watch a short video here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A September 2010 Weekend

Blacksburg, VA: The Town & Hiking at Dragon's Tooth

Salem, VA: Exploring Dixie Caverns

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Details from New Years 2010

After visiting some relatives for Christmas 2009, Scott and I spent a few days in Alexandria, VA to ring in the new year. It was the coldest I have ever been in my entire life. I was dressed in layer after layer, but the wind chill factor was below zero. Needless to say, it was a trip to remember!

We also took the Metro into Washington, DC to see some sites.
Most of these pictures were taken at a wax museum.

We made a stop in Fredericksburg, VA on the way home!

Hillsville, VA 2010 Labor Day Weekend Flea Market

We usually attend the annual Hillsville, VA Labor Day Weekend Flea Market. The VFW in Hillsville has been holding this event for 43 years. It has grown to 700 vendors and 1600 spaces. The entire town is open and rented or used for this event. The VFW building itself holds a gun show. I was originally introduced to this event by my great uncle who formerly traded guns and knives.

Fall Football

Scott and I attended two Wake Forest Football Games in September: Wake vs. Prebyterian and Wake vs. Duke. During the 1st game, Wake won by about 40 points, but it was still fun to be in the stands and seeing the action in person. During the Wake vs. Duke game, it was quite a close game, but Wake still won, despite the rain! (Yes, we got soaked!)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Eastern NC: Spring Break Trip 2010

Back in the Spring, we explored the coast of North Carolina, particularly New Bern, the 2nd town in North Carolina. Around New Bern, we visited several areas within a short driving distance: Atlantic Beach, Bath, Beaufort, and Pine Knoll Shores. New Bern was the 2nd town in North Carolina and the original State Capitol of North Carolina, after Governor Tryon chose this location for his mansion. Bath, the 1st NC Town, is only an hour away.

New Bern means New Bear, so all over town, artists have designed and decorated several different bears to decorate the streets of the town. This is also part of the 2010 Celebration that commemorates 300 years since New Bern was founded.

For more photos of our Eastern NC Adventures,
visit my Picasa Web Gallery here.