|Can't complain about the crowds!|
|The market place built in 1750 where goods were sold inside and out in the square. The quality and prices were regulated by city officials.|
|The cobbler's shop has that wonderful leather smell.|
|The city garden is nearly "done" for the season.|
|I love this wispy vine along the fence.|
|Like many of these stately old homes, the trees are just as impressive.|
Thursday we venture further to the Jamestown and Yorktown areas, which turn out to be a much, much better experience for us. Still lots of history, but a lot more nature at our own pace, without the structure.
|We bypass the Jamestown settlement to drive the peninsula and are greeted by this slight doe.|
|Much of Jamestown Island is marsh land. It's beautiful, even under hot and cloudy skies.|
|Board-drives keep us off the fragile environment.|
|On the one-way loop drive are turn-outs with signs explaining the history of each location.|
|It's fascinating to see the actual trenches hand-dug by both British and American soldiers surrounding Yorktown.|
|At this home of Augustine Moore, Washington and Cornwallis sent two officers each to negotiate the surrender of the British army on October 18, 1781. Wow! this very house!|
|A few teenagers hanging out in the back yard.|
|Healthy and handsome.|
|Thick forests hid the approaching army, but provided challenges as well.|
|Beautiful signage identifies significant locations.|
|Wonderful to have all this natural beauty surrounding the history.|
|About the only fall color we've seen.|
|Neon splashes among the bare trees.|
|Tessa stands where George Washington set up his headquarters during the month-long siege of Yorktown. She's very impressed.|
|Archeologists have identified the locations of key encampments from the battlefield.|
|Some of the old growth forests feel like the giant redwoods in California.|
It clears out by 10 pm and we sleep great with cooler temps. Friday morning is beautiful. The storm took the high temps and humidity and left behind the nicest day we've had in weeks.
|Celebrating with zoomies.|
|Lots of room to run. The ground is much wetter than it looks.|
|The hundreds of abandoned hookups look like an old cemetery.|
|All that fun is exhausting.|
The day's cooler temps encourages us to stay our course to the Southeast. We've seriously considered just turning west and getting out of the heat and humidity. But the reality is that it will be snowing by the time we get to cooler places, and the weather will then be much better here!
Fortunately we find not only a little better weather, but a unique and wonderful world on the Outer Banks.