DNA X #6
DNA X #6
Wind – SE 5 steamy knots
Native Mood…We notice some signs as we travel these rural roads. No OLF…No OLF… The signs are home made and scattered along the lush fields of wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton. The closer we get to Virginia the more numerous the signs. Upon investigation I discover OLF means Outlying Landing Field. Apparently the Navy has plans to put in a practice landing field for fighter jets somewhere near these farms and smack in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway. Bird strikes are deadly for birds and pilots, noise and pollution are fatal for real estate values. The five proposed sites straddle the VA and NC border. The Navy in its infinite wisdom must have thrown some darts at a map to come up with these locations. The numerous NO OLF groups from both states are fighting this project which has been underway for several years. Impact studies, meetings and unanswered phone calls go on as the residents get more frustrated. The Navy is in its “deliberative process” which probably means it’s trying to figure out how to come out of this pickle smelling like a rose. Meanwhile the farmers won’t invest capital in their farms and any development is on hold.
Blackie decides she is ready for a boat ride. We head for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to shave off a couple of hours on the blacktop. The ride across the James River takes us by the first English colony established in 1607. The historic site of Jamestown grew into a thriving community after several years of battles with the local Native Americans, disease, and starvation. Famous residents included Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. After a tour of the area we head to Williamsburg, Virginia. The living history of Colonial Williamsburg is interesting and well done and there are numerous historic sites in the surrounding area. The Williamsburg Winery is the largest in Virginia and is open for tours and tastings and the wine is good.
The Faux Chateau…
Botanical Sassafras was once worth its weight in gold as a medicinal plant. It was an early export of Jamestown and today it is used as a flavoring for root beer.