Virginia Beach Whale Watching Trip
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Fishing boats docked near Ft. Monroe.
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This is the lighthouse at Ft. Monroe.
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The main entrance to Ft. Monroe.
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Ft. Monroe's moat and the bridge to the entrance in Pic00004.
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Another view of the moat around Ft. Monroe, VA.
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Somehow the photo's numbering got messed up. On our way down to Viriginia Beach to go on a whale watching boat we stopped at the Duck Inn. It is my/our (Brad and Myself) favorite restaurant in Virginia Beach. They have a fantastic breakfast buffet on Sunday morning and equally great seafood the rest of the time. This is their "Beach House" on the Chesapeake Bay.
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This is a view of Lynnhaven Inlet bridge (U.S.60) taken from the boardwalk from the main restaurant to the beach house at the Duck Inn Restaurant of Virginia Beach.
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This is the back of the Duck Inn and Brad freezing. It was really cold. We usually sit in the window area because you can see the ships going in and out of the Chesapeake Bay and the Pilot Boats taking the harbor pilots out for those goin to Norfolk, Portsmouth and the other nearby harbors.
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This is the "Old" Cape Henry Lighthouse. It is open to the public for a small charge. It is just off U.S.60 inside Ft. Story in Virginia Beach.
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This is the modern Cape Henry Lighthouse. I is on every night guiding ships into the Chesapeake Bay and warning of the shoals close to the entrance to the bay.
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This is the view from our hotel room in the Newcastle Hotel in Virginia Beach. This is looking south toward Rudee Inlet.
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This is looking North toward Cape Henry from our hotel room on the beach in Virginia Beach.
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There are some people that just can't leave the water even during the dead of winter. The arrow points to one of a group of surfers. The air temperature was in the mid 20s at best.
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Here are some more of these surfers. These hardy souls wear a sort of diving suit to keep from freezing to death.
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Again, the surfers. A guy who we see almost every time we go to Virginia Beach (year round), a surfing H.S. English teacher said the water was warmer than the air temp.
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If you look close you can see the guy that I spoke to and mentioned in Pic00022.
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This is the boat we went out on. During the summer this is used as a "Head Boat". (fishing boat that charges by the "head" to go fishing) The dock it is at is called the Virginia Beach Fishing Center. It is just inside Rudee Inlet on the south end of the tourist area of Virginia Beach.
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Other boats manuvering in Rudee Inlet as we leave.
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Each year the whales migrate up and down the Atlantic coast. Although most move constantly a few, usually juveniles, stay near the opening of the Chesapeake Bay near Cape Henry, VA.
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The towers just barely visible in the distance are on Ft. Story. The lighthouses are not visible in this image as they are to far away. The radio masts are several times as tall as the lighthouses and are closer to this side of the cape.
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We are not the only boat in the area. The mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is a very busy waterway.
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The whales are not professional show animals and don't always cooperated. Although we had several sightings they were always in the distance. This photo should come much later in the list but remember the numbering got messed up.
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We were on the "Bobbie Lee". The nearby boat is a sister ship of the "Bobbie Lee". There was a whale nearby which I missed getting a shot of because I got so excited. AND, again this is obviously late in the day and should be later in this list.
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Again, excitement got the best of me. The guy next to me is holding his camera up because a whale had just come up and down about 200 yards away. Rats, I missed again.
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Isn't this beautiful? There wasn't any whale around but I had to have this picture. When the whales do come up the type usual around this area rises in a very stately manner blows and then dives again. It is a brief view at best but so very neat.
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In this view you can see the back of a whale just before it dives. It is almost to the horizon and about "an inch" to the left of the end of the cape. It looks like an out of place black line on the water.
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This is the "Bobbie Lee's" bridge as we head home. The guy in the red and black ski jacket with the dark knit hat is my son, Brad Lathan. The less than natural colors were apparently cause by the batteries in my camera. They got so cold that they stopped working even though when we got back to the hotel and they warmed up the worked fine without being re-charged.
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Brad putting on a brave smile considering that his face was amost frozen stiff.
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Sometimes the best shots aren't the ones you go out to get. This is skyline of the Virginia Beach resort area just as they turned on their lights. This photo makes nice wallpaper. If you want a copy with better resolution and a larger format just email me at: wclathan@wclathan.com
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This is the view from our hotel room window the next morning. Again, this would make nice wallpaper. If you want a copy with full resolution and a larger size let me know at: wclathan@wclathan.com
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This is another the view from our window the next morning but about an hour later. It makes nice wallpaper. If you want a higher resolution and larger format email me: wclathan@wclathan.com
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To quote the lead in Mosquito Coast, "... a seagoing pigeon."
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The underside of the Virginia Beach fishing pier. Again this makes a nice desktop wallpaper. Email me if you need a larger or higher resolution version.
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This is one of the older building still standing on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach. Most are modern hi-rises.
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The Norweigan Women statue. I forget what her significance is but trust me, she had significance at least in her day.
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This is the old Lifesaving Station on Virginia Beach. It is now a museum. This is the boardwalk and ocean side.
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This is the other side of the building in Pic00058.
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