Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Visiting Chippokes Plantation.

I visited Chippokes Plantation State Park today, located in Surry, Virginia. Walking along the banks of the James River, I picked up numerous seashells, barnacles, fossils and old pieces of worn iron. I suspect the iron came from old ships used in the settlement of the Jamestown area hundreds of years ago. Though windy and a bit chilly, the excursion was deeply enjoyable and satisfying. The ancient sea bed fossils found were intricate. Even more astounding was a collapsed cliff side. It revealed a layer of buried fossils and shells from when the entire area was under the ocean -- tens of thousands, perhaps millions of years ago. If you're ever near Chippokes Plantation, I recommend you visit.

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