June 17 -- The first thing we did when we got off the ferry at the town wharf in Onancock is walk next door to Southeast Expeditions, an outfitter for folks who want to explore creeks and bays on the Eastern Shore by kayak. A tan guy named Bill Burnham was out front cleaning off boats when we arrived. As we chatted about my trek across the state, he mentioned that he and his wife, Mary, have also been doing a lot of hiking across the state. They have been updating their travel book, Hiking Virginia. Heck, that was one of the books I checked out of the library as I prepared for this trip! You just never know who you'll walk into next.
|Colonial Manor Inn|
We rolled ourselves out of the inn and onto the road for a fifteen mile walk ahead of us from Onancock on the bay side to the little town of Quinby on the sea side. Once I digested a little, I felt footloose and fancy free without a full backpack (the benefit of having a car to leave stuff in). Mom, Dad, Ryan, and I rambled out of Onancock on a gorgeous day. Back in March when we'd had unseasonably hot weather at home, I had often pictured this part of the trip in late June as an unbearable sweat-fest on hot asphalt. And here we were in the mid-70s, dry air, gentle breeze, and blue sky. I couldn't have wished for better (although Ryan still would have liked more clouds to block that pesky sun).
|Melfa's Town Hall|
|Oak Grove Methodist Church near Melfa|
|New lab at VIMS in Wachapreague|
|Town wharf in Wachapreague.|
|Seaside marsh in Wachapreague with barrier islands beyond.|
|Atlantic Ave, but not the open ocean yet!|
|Dad, pondering the disappearing pier.|
|Dipping my toe into Upshur Bay at Quinby.|