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Dinosaur Land

In White Post, VA, there is a place where you can be transported back in time.  This is not Jurassic Park but a place where dinosaurs ruled the earth during the Mesozoic time.  You can come face to face with a large array of these giant creatures including 50 different species of dinosaurs, a massive shark or octopus, and King Kong himself.
Dinosaur Land opened in 1963 and has seen generations of families walk through the grounds among the creatures.  The park not only offers the dinosaur attraction, but you can also find a gift shop, and a birthday party room.  Check out their website for all the information:
Dinosaur Land was the last place Sharon and I went before heading home to Arizona.  Our friends joined us and as you can see, the place is just as much fun for adults as it is for children.  Our inner child came out to play.

The Caverns of Virginia

Virginia has many wonderful attractions, some historic, and some are breathtaking.  Among the must-sees around the state are its many caverns.

Situated in Front Royal, VA, the Skyline Caverns were discovered in 1937 by Walter S. Amos.  He revealed the hidden gem which was lurking underneath the earth’s exterior for 60 million years.  In 1939, the caverns were freely accessible to the populace with millions of visitors passing through the caverns since that time.  When Virginia saw its population surge between the 1950’s and 1980’s, the Skyline Caverns became a significant attraction for those to see while visiting Virginia. 
Today, you can visit the Skyline Caverns and be awestruck by the splendor of the caverns and view an extraordinary site of Anthodites in visual arrangements.  You can take a guided tour from a well-informed expert who will direct you on your journey inside the caverns.  For more information on the Skyline Caverns, check out their website:   http://www.skylinecav…

The Eerie Abandoned Motor Court

One of the things Sharon and I love to do is to urban explore.  Most of our friends are aware of this and want to go with us.  While visiting friends in Front Royal, they took us to an eerie, out-of-the-way, abandoned motor court with the caretakers house right next door.  From the street all you can see is the rusty old sign letting you know what used to be there.  When you stop in front of the barricades and look down the dirt path, you see a building covered with foliage.  The inside was dirty, disheveled, and a complete mess.  The outside was cover with bushes, trees, vines, and had bones of critters littering the grounds.  Who knows if any person or thing was calling this forsaken place home.  This barely visible structure was fun for us to walk around, but with caution, and take tons of pictures.  I hope I captured the creepiness of the place in the video below:

What’s Around Front Royal?

First known as LeHewtown in 1754, Front Royal has a little over 14,000 souls living in this little town today and is located in Virginia.  By the 1790’s the town had the moniker of “Helltown” because of all the rowdy boatmen and wranglers that came to town wanting booze.  By 1788, the settlement was recognized as “Front Royal”.  Many are not sure where the name actually came from but one rumor is that the French called it “le front royal”, which means the British frontier.  Another story is that the name originated from the giant oak tree, the “Royal” Tree of England.  And yet another explanation for the name is it possibly came from the American Revolution where the words “front” and “royal” were used as passwords for the military.  On May 23, 1862, the Battle of Front Royal was fought there and all the way through the Civil War.  For many decades after the war, Front Royal was the place where lumber, agriculture, manufacturing, and grain mills afforded many jobs for those living in…

The Apple House

One of the places Sharon and I stopped at while traveling from Gloucester to Front Royal, VA was The Apple House.  This wonderful deli and shop is located in Linden and has become a familiar sight for travelers to visit while in Virginia.  The Apple House opened its doors in 1963.  It offers a tasty BBQ and is known for its scrumptious Apple Butter Donuts.  After enjoying a meal, take a walk around the place and shop where you can find a variety of unusual items to choose from.  Check out their website for more information and location:

The Inn at Tabbs Creek

Located near the Chesapeake Bay and in the center of Mathews County, Virginia sits The Inn at Tabbs Creek.  This B&B can boast winning many awards for being environmentally welcoming, and having lavish accommodations for your comfort.  It has many outdoor activities for your enjoyment such as kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming in their eco-friendly pool or taking a tour on the Deadrise Boat Charters.  (Information on my previous post.)  Sharon and I took this tour and highly recommend it.  This idealistic B&B is a great place for a romantic getaway or a great vacation for you and your family.  The location is perfect to take a ride to the nearby historic places such as Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.  Take a look at their website and see if it is the ultimate vacation spot for you.

Deadrise and the Lighthouse

Located in entrance to Mobjack bay, and west side of the Chesapeake Bay, sits the New Point Comfort Lighthouse.  Construction was finished in 1804, and on January 17, 1805, the light shined for the first time out to the bay.  The lighthouse is an octagonal shape, stands 58 feet tall, and is built of ashlar-sandstone materials.  Originally, along with the tower, there was a dwelling house, kitchen, covered way, well, oil vault, and eventually a dock.
After the War of 1812, the lighthouse needed repairs.  The structure, along with the keeper’s house, was rebuilt, and a fence was added around the property.  By 1839, boats were needed to get to the lighthouse because the sand bar was under water and no longer attainable.  In 1855, an updated lantern was added while the shoreline slowly eroded.
Today the New Point Comfort Lighthouse sits on its tiny island with no access.  The dock no longer exists and for safety reason, no one is allowed on the island and especially inside the lighthouse…

Walter Reed

(Wikipedia)Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904–1914) by the United States. Reed followed work started by Carlos Finlay and directed by George Miller Sternberg ("first U.S. bacteriologist").Reed's breakthrough in yellow fever research is widely considered a milestone in biomedicine, opening new vistas of research and humanitarianism.
Born in September of 1851 to Lemuel and Pharaba in Gloucester County, Walter Reed managed to accomplish many extraordinary achievements during his 51 years of life.  In 1869 and just before he turned 19, he earned his M.D. degree.   After he graduated from the…

Paranormal Geeks at the Beach

Near the old house in the woods, where ghost pirates have been seen, is a quiet little slice of heaven, Haven Beach in Virginia.  Sharon and I decided to swim in this location for our beach day because is was less crowded.  The water was slightly cold, but perfect for a swim.  I put together a video of our adventures at the beach along with one showing you how windy it was.

Haunting: Rosewell Plantation Ruins

The extravagant Rosewell mansion ruins rests upon the middle point of a 3000 acre plantation in Gloucester County, VA.  It overlooks the York River and was quoted as “the largest and finest of American houses of the colonial period”.  The building was built with red bricks and established between the years 1725-1738. The structure was three stories tall with 17 fireplaces, many rooms, and a beautiful grand staircase. For more than 100 years, a division of the Page family called the mansion their home.   During its heyday, slaves worked the fields producing tobacco and grain.  From the 18th and 19th centuries, and also throughout the duration of the Civil War, Rosewell was the gathering place for many fancy balls and celebrations.
In 1916, Rosewell mansion was destroyed by fire which started in the southwest chimney.  It quickly moved throughout the structure leaving only a skeleton of what used to be.  Many artifacts have been dug up and being studied by archaeologists.  Today, prese…

Hey BooBoo, It's Jellystone Park

Don't forget your pic-a-nic baskets when you visit Jellystone Park at Gloucester Point located in Hayes, VA, near the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay.  This park provides non-stop activities such as kayaking, paddle boats, fishing, crabbing, and is the perfect place to camp for you and your family.  You can park your RV, or pitch a tent, and enjoy all the activities the park has to offer.  You can get wet at the Yogi Bear's Water Zone or fly into the water off the Jumping Pillow.  Jellystone Park is a short drive to historic locations such as Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

For more information, check out their website:

Gloucester Point Beach and Pier

Gloucester Point Beach Park and Pier is located along the George Washington Memorial Highway near York river.  There is swimming in designated areas, but no lifeguards, and fishing on the pier with no license required.  There are covered picnic areas, and your four legged friends (and dogs too) must be on a leash.

Sharon and I were going to choose this beach for our "beach day", but after seeing the less crowded Haven Beach, we decided not to swim there.  (Haven Beach is featured on a future post.)  I did take lots of pictures and put them on a slide show: