It’s time to go back home Toto…..look up!!

We stayed a few days extra and now it’s time to say so long for now.  Every time we come down this way there are new things to do and see but best of all is the company and the atmosphere of the south.  Really enjoy the sweet tea and the ya’alls and uh-huh’s.  Drivers are interesting just like anywhere else but the magnolia blossom’s in the spring smell wonderful and are beautiful.

We leave just before the real heat sets in for summer along with the humidity but that’s alright too.  Great place for history buffs and the shopaholic is well served.  Water abounds and sports venues of all types from baseball, football and even hockey……but we have dallied and have to leave.

Headed east this morning we traveled to a place called Norfolk, Virginia.  Now if any of you are NCIS fans then you will know that this is the area where the T.V. drama is based.

Yep, this NCIS

Norfolk Naval station is the world’s largest Naval Station, supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars, and houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces.  Their air operations conducts over 100,000 flight operations each year, an average of 275 flights per day or one every six minutes.

We were held us in traffic for about an hour prior to heading into the tunnels running under the water and channels serving this base so we tried to get a few photos off the freeway….

NCIS HQ

NATO training HQ

USS John F Kennedy Aircraft Carrier

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) Amphibious assault with Stealth design

We then headed into the tunnels and onto what is known as the Eastern Shores drive.  Small coastal towns with sandy beaches and a long, long bridge to get there…. and of course $12 in tolls

Into the tunnel..

Eastern Shore GPS map

Pay up!!

Carry on under the water...

...for a couple more miles...

Submarine off the Starboard!! - look carefully for the SEAL teams practicing.

So you drive under water again and pop up the other side over there!!

and then there was this weird aircraft approaching from the east and we couldn’t believe our eyes.  We had seen the shuttle Endeavor pass overhead at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2008.  Once in a lifetime but lo – and – behold there was the shuttle Discovery overhead on its way to Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian….speechless!!

Shuttle overhead on Eastern Shore drive in Virginia...WOW!!

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