Five Ways to Get Fit on your Virginia Beach Visit

January 7th, 2015 by Guest Blogger
Teresa,
Please feel free to edit this, add links, etc. – I knocked this out pretty fast this afternoon and it could use some refining. I owe you a photo too, think we can pull it from Beachnet.
Five Ways to Get Fit on Your Virginia Beach Trip
New Years’ resolutions come and go, but getting active is always top of the charts. Often, however, getting active is also on the top charts for resolutions “most easily broken.” In Virginia Beach, here are five things you can do on your next trip to make your resolution stick and your active vacation memorable.
1.     Granny Gear It In First Landing State Park From Chesapeake Beach or the Oceanfront, getting to First Landing State Park is literally a breeze on a bike; riding 6 miles one-way on a dirt trail can be a fitness challenge. The great thing is you can pick the distance (and your speed) on the out-and-back, beginner friendly Cape Henry Trail. This is the most commonly-used path so early mornings on weekdays are best to beat the crowds. Free street parking on the 64th Street oceanfront entrance is available.  Local’s Tip: Please call out in advance to local runners ahead and always wear a helmet. Tree roots are pesky. http://www.first-landing-state-park.org/first_landing_trails.html
2.     Pier to Pylons Run at Chesapeake Beach The Lynnhaven Fishing Pier at Chesapeake Beach serves as a great start and finish line for walkers and sand joggers year round. From the pier east to the first set of pylons, or “sticks,” you can get in 1-2 miles while enjoying a killer sunset. “Swim the sticks” is a common activity here of local swimmers and triathletes eager to start open water swimming as early as May. Local’s Tip: Since parking is limited to street parking in residential areas, go early…and stay late.
3.     Power Walk the Resort Boardwalk Home to many local 5k running and walking fundraiser events, the Virginia Beach boardwalk is an iconic and classic way to start your vacation morning. Train like a local by starting at 24th Street Park, go south to Grommet Island Park and back. Mile markers along the light posts can be motivating, but so can the scents of Smithfield bacon and Chesapeake Bay crabcake omelets. Local’s Tip: Save brunch at one of the local restaurants lining your path as your reward.
4.     Improve Your Cadence on the Pungo Bike Loop Virginia Beach has more than 100 miles of bike trails, but the Pungo bike loop is a local favorite thanks to limited traffic and pleasant views of vineyards, strawberry fields and waterways. For the newbie just getting started in cycling to the seasoned century rider, this bike loop is best enjoyed starting and ending at Red Mill Commons area. Local’s Tip: Wear layers for quick temperature changes and carry enough water bottles. The first water stop is at least 15 miles in to your ride.
5.     Stair Climb and Shop Town Center Take a unique vacation challenge by reducing elevator use during your stay. Virginia’s tallest building, at 37 stories, is the Westin at Virginia Beach Town Center. With shopping opportunities growing at this downtown destination, be sure to pack your walking shoes and mix retail therapy with fitness. Local’s Tip: Mt. Trashmore Park is a hop, skip and a jump from Town Center. Start out with a climb to the top of this man-made mountain to test your climbing abilities!
Now that you know how to get fit on your trip and activate your New Years’ goals, book your active vacation to Virginia Beach today.
Tiffany M. Russell
Director of Public Relations
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
2101 Parks Avenue Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Direct 757.385.6628
Cell 757.450.1087
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Five Ways to Get Fit on your Virginia Beach Visit

By Tiffany Russell

New Years’ resolutions come and go, but getting active is always top of the charts. Often, however, getting active is also on the top charts for resolutions “most easily broken.” In Virginia Beach, here are five things you can do on your next trip to make your resolution stick and your active vacation memorable.

1.     Granny Gear It In First Landing State Park

Photo courtesy of First Landing State Park

Photo courtesy of First Landing State Park

From Chesapeake Beach or the Oceanfront, getting to First Landing State Park is literally a breeze on a bike; riding 6 miles one-way on a dirt trail can be a fitness challenge. The great thing is you can pick the distance (and your speed) on the out-and-back, beginner friendly Cape Henry Trail. This is the most commonly-used path so early mornings on weekdays are best to beat the crowds. Free street parking on the 64th Street oceanfront entrance is available.  Local’s Tip: Please call out in advance to local runners ahead and always wear a helmet. Tree roots are pesky.

2.     Pier to Pylons Run at Chesapeake Beach

The Lynnhaven Fishing Pier at Chesapeake Beach serves as a great start and finish line for walkers and sand joggers year round. From the pier east to the first set of pylons, or “sticks,” you can get in 1-2 miles while enjoying a killer sunset. “Swim the sticks” is a common activity here of local swimmers and triathletes eager to start open water swimming as early as May. Local’s Tip: Since parking is limited to street parking in residential areas, go early…and stay late.

3.     Power Walk the Resort Boardwalk

Home to many local 5k running and walking fundraiser events, the Virginia Beach boardwalk is an iconic and classic way to start your vacation morning. Train like a local by starting at 24th Street Park, go south to Grommet Island Park and back. Mile markers along the light posts can be motivating, but so can the scents of Smithfield bacon and Chesapeake Bay crabcake omelets. Local’s Tip: Save brunch at one of the local restaurants lining your path as your reward.

4.     Improve Your Cadence on the Pungo Bike Loop

Virginia Beach has more than 100 miles of bike trails, but the Pungo bike loop is a local favorite thanks to limited traffic and pleasant views of vineyards, strawberry fields and waterways. For the newbie just getting started in cycling to the seasoned century rider, this bike loop is best enjoyed starting and ending at Red Mill Commons area. Local’s Tip: Wear layers for quick temperature changes and carry enough water bottles. The first water stop is at least 15 miles in to your ride.

5.     Stair Climb and Shop Town Center

Take a unique vacation challenge by reducing elevator use during your stay. Virginia’s tallest building, at 37 stories, is the Westin at Virginia Beach Town Center. With shopping opportunities growing at this downtown destination, be sure to pack your walking shoes and mix retail therapy with fitness. Local’s Tip: Mt. Trashmore Park is a hop, skip and a jump from Town Center. Start out with a climb to the top of this man-made mountain to test your climbing abilities!

Now that you know how to get fit on your trip and activate your New Years’ goals, book your active vacation to Virginia Beach today.

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Tiffany Russell is Director of Public Relations for the Virginia Beach CVB. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Tiffany enjoys living the life as a tourist in her hometown. Her favorite activities involve running in First Landing State Park, ocean swimming and playing at Grommet Island Park with her family.

Watch for future posts from Tiffany here on Shorelines.


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Why you see whales in the winter

January 5th, 2015 by Teresa Diaz

Whale 1 breachLearn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.

Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to learn more:

1) Winter break isn’t just for humans.

Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.

2) They take seasonal “honeymoons”.

The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.

3) They get hungry.

The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.

4) They get cold.

As warm-blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severely cold temperatures near the poles. Not only do calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, even adult whales do not have the protective layers that would help them survive in these extreme temperatures. During winter, they prefer the equator and since their mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.

5) They need to breathe.

Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.

Now that you know more about these awesome creatures, book your visit to Virginia Beach today!

Now that you know more about these awesome creatures, book your visit to Virginia Beach today!Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Now that you Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.Why you see whales in the winter.
Learn why whales appear in the winter and then visit Virginia Beach to join one of our boat tours for an adventurous journey in search of these wonderful creatures.
Through observed patterns of whale sightings, it has been discovered that whales are usually seen more frequently during winter. The main cause for this can be attributed to several reasons, however the most important reason why they are seen in winter is that they are unable to bear the severe cold of the polar regions. Therefore, whales are generally found along the coastline of land masses where people usually reside, resulting in higher chances of whale sightings. Read on to know more about why you see whales in the winter:
1) Whales are migratory aquatic mammals
Whales are one of the most migratory species found on this planet. They are known to migrate over 3,000 miles one way each year. Also, you would be fascinated to know that they travel in groups called “pods” and have a fixed route for taking course during migration. By now, you would know that it is during winters that whales come close to the inhabited regions in the world and thus, happen to be spotted frequently.
2) Whales mate during winters
The seasons of winter and spring are the most favorable for mating and breeding among whales. For this to happen, they need regions that are sub-tropical and relatively warm rather than their otherwise habituated polar regions. Newborn whale calves would not be able to withstand the cold if they were in the polar regions therefore, whales give birth in moderately warmer regions.
3) Lack of Food
The polar regions freeze during winters, making it much harder to get their main food source, krill. The food sources present in the polar regions would not suffice for their huge feeding patterns so they need to make the journey towards the equator to survive. Even newborn calves, which could survive on much less, would not be able to feed properly due to the lack of food present in the colder waters.
4) Whales are warm blooded
As they are warm blooded mammals, whales are unable to withstand the severe cold near the poles. Not only do the calves have a problem adapting to the extreme cold, but even adult whales do not have protective layers that would help them survive in the extreme temperatures. During winters, they prefer the equator and, since the mating season is during this time as well, they tend to stay closer to the surface of the sea.
5) They breathe from blowholes instead of gills
Whales are aquatic mammals and do not have gills. Unlike other fish, they rely on the blowhole that exists on the top of their heads. Due to this, they need to surface once in a while so that they are able to inhale air. Thus, whales do not spend their lives entirely underwater.


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Start 2015 with a Striped Bass!

January 1st, 2015 by Mike Halperin

"Jet Ski" Brian Lockwood & his 14.80 tourney winning striper

"Jet Ski" Brian Lockwood & his 14.80 tourney winning striper

As bay and ocean water temperatures drop, ever larger striped bass are arriving. Rockfish in 40- and 50-lb. class sizes have been drawing trophy hunting anglers to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.  Beginning January 1st, the bay season closed and legal bass waters shifted to Virginia’s near coastal waters from the beach out to the north-south 3-mile limit line. But not to worry as January is THE month and these are the same waters that two years ago produced the current Virginia state record striped bass – Corey Wolfe’s enormous 74 pound rockfish!

Bass are swallowing a variety of offerings including Storm lures, Stretch lures, umbrella rigs, bucktails, mojos and live bait. It is worth noting that many of the largest recent catches, including tournament-placing fish, have been made by fishermen using live eels for bait.

Captain’s Tip: If fishing live eels, be sure to cover the entire water column. Position one bait just off the bottom, one at mid-depth, and another just below the surface. Once the “hot” zone is apparent, shift the other rigs to that depth.

Corey Wolfe with his citation Virginia striper

Corey Wolfe with his citation Virginia striper

Captain’s Log: Humpback whale viewing provides an added bonus for bass hunters this month. The whales, with a history of annual return to Virginia Beach, have been sighted in the waters just off  Cape Henry. The humpbacks are here to feast on the same schools of bait that striped bass are enjoying.

On the inshore scene, speckled trout continue to attract attention. Artificial Gulp swimming minnows coupled with fairly light jig heads as well as mullet baits are triggering strikes.   Although this bite has slowed a bit, some better trout catches, including several 5-lb. Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament citations, were recently made by fishermen working MirrOlures.  Puppy drum also remain in our inshore waters, but the bite is not as strong as during last month.  These mini-drum will still fall for cut bait.  Try Rudee Inlet for trout and drum on a warmer, sunny day.

Dr. Ken Neill & his 24.22 lb. state record tautog

Dr. Ken Neill & his 24.22 lb. state record tautog

Tautog are the other inshore bite that remains strong. To the delight of tog lovers, most fishermen are concentrating on striped bass, leaving little or no fishing pressure for tautog.  Crab of any sort is a ticket to success here with limit catches available once fish are located.  Mid-depth wrecks up to 30 miles out have been top producers.

Offshore success with blueline tilefish plus a 21 lb. citation bluefish!

Offshore success with blueline tilefish plus a 21 lb. citation bluefish!

Offshore, bluefin tuna are now running and will soon be challenging striped bass fishermen for their attention. Until the tuna arrived, ocean trolling had been mostly hit or miss since water temperatures dropped causing most captains to run south from Rudee Inlet.

Clearly the best offshore bet has been deep-drop fishing in water up to 50 fathoms along the Continental Shelf. This fishery remains consistently strong for bottom dwellers that include blueline tilefish, trigger fish, and black bellied rosefish, all of which make excellent table fare.

Speaking of excrellent table fare, what better way to enjoy striped bass than with a recipe from local chef Patrick Evans-Hylton:

Poached Rockfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Poached Rockfish:

4 (6-ounce) rockfish fillets, 3 cups water,

1 cup white wine, 1 lemon (sliced), 2 sprigs tarragon

In a large pan, add water, wine, lemon and tarragon. Bring to a boil and reduce heat so water is slowly simmering. Add fish fillets to water bath carefully with a spatula. Cook until heated through, about 6-8 minutes.

Remove each fillet with a spatula and serve.

Tartar Sauce:

1/2 cup mayonnaise,1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped bread and butter pickles,

1-1/2 teaspoon minced sweet onion (such as Vidalia),

1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, garlic powder

freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes

In a medium bowl, add the mayonnaise, pickles, onion, lemon juice, salt and mix well. Add garlic powder, black pepper and red pepper to taste.  Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least three hours.

Plate fish with a spoon of tartar sauce atop and garnish with a few chopped tarragon leaves. Serve with roasted vegetables. Yields 4 servings.

Thanks go out to Chef Patrick for sharing this great local catch preparation.   A senior editor of food & wine for Coastal Virginia Magazine (formerly Hampton Roads Magazine), Patrick is also a member of the  Shorelines team.

Hot Spot

3-mile zone between Cape Charles and

Cape Henry for striped bass

Dr. Julie Ball with a beautiful tilefish

Dr. Julie Ball with a beautiful tilefish

Best Bites

Inlets & Surf: Speckled trout

Chesapeake Bay: Tautog

Offshore Wrecks: Tautog

Continental Shelf: Blueline tilefish

Noteworthy Catches: 7 lb. 5 oz. speckled trout, 8 lb. 10 oz. flounder, 49 lb. striped bass, 37-inch bluefish release

See you on the water. Tight lines, hard strikes, and Happy New Year to all!
Capt. Mike


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Options for winter fun in Virginia Beach continue to grow

December 22nd, 2014 by Sherry Friel

Editor’s note;  Oh, yes! It’s beginning to feel a lot like ________! You fill in the blank; I pick”brrrrr!” Whatever your choice, there’s no doubt it’s the perfect time to  bundle up and go out to enjoy some very unique holiday experiences at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Today is the first day of winter break so we thought we’d combine two awesome posts by local mom and blogger Sherry Friel as she gives a first hand account of two of these exciting Oceanfront adventures, along with some of her awesome photos.

Readers, your mission, if you should choose to accept it (and why wouldn’t you??!!):
Read on and then go have some fun – and DON’T forget to share your pics with us on Facebook!!

Perfect Family Night Out! Visit Holiday Lights at the Beach for an Extra Special Treat!

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So there I was, half my body hanging out of my husband’s moon roof, taking in the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach as we inched along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk in our car. I’m sure it was a sight to behold-me excitedly focusing my camera and capturing each of the fabulous displays, with my patient husband at the wheel pausing just long enough for me to photograph my favorites.

Driving through this popular light show has become an annual holiday tradition for my family, and we’ve found it really gets us excited about the seasonal events ahead. For example, we were able to preview the new Oceanfront Ice Park at Rudee Loop (3rd & Atlantic) in anticipation of our upcoming family ice-skating adventure. While I had initially planned to ice skate and view the boardwalk lights in the same evening, I realized we might need more time for ice skating so we are planning that for another day. (See later in this post for more on this!)

The is the only time we find these creatures entertaining!

The is the only time we find these creatures entertaining!

Recently, we started the light show at 5:30 p.m. and completed it just in time for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Presented by Liberty Tax, the drive-through light show continues nightly through Jan. 3. Here are a few important things to remember before hitting the road:

Hours

5:30 to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 5:30-11 p.m. Fri-Sat.

What to bring

Admission is cash only. Cost is $15 per car Monday-Sunday, $25 for Limousines, $45 for motor coaches, and $25 for mini buses. On Military Mondays presented by Liberty Tax Service, admission is $7 with military identification. Military Mondays kick off Dec. 1.

Radio setting

Don’t forget to set your radio dial to 103.5 for a musical program designed for your listening pleasure as you move through the displays. While I didn’t hear the music with my head sticking out of the moon roof, my husband and son have informed me that it is wonderful. They were humming holiday tunes for hours after we exited the light exhibits.

What you’ll see

This show truly has something to please every family member. My son’s favorite display was the “Surfing Santa,” while my husband and I loved the elaborate depiction of the “12 Days of Christmas.” I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so just be prepared for a fantastic light show at the water’s edge featuring everything from dinosaurs to a special sighting of Santa Claus and his reindeer! Some of the displays are between 20 and 30-feet high, and one of the show’s gems is a 40-feet-tall Christmas tree on the beach.

Rules of the Boardwalk

lights1I’m not so sure how appropriate it was for me to stick my head out of the moon roof to get photographs, but my questionable behavior did enable me to get some nice ones! It was cold though, and I wouldn’t advise it. My hands, face, and ears took an hour or more to completely thaw out. Visitors to the boardwalk are asked to definitely stay in their cars and keep moving…no stopping. This explains why my husband wouldn’t pause for too long for me to get pictures. He was following the rules! It’s also a good idea to turn off your headlights during the show, but please remember to turn them on before entering the roadway. Also watch the space between you and the car in front of you.  Just take your time and enjoy the ride.

A few tips to make it extra nice

lights4In hindsight, I wish we had packed a few goodies to enjoy while driving though the show. Some hot cocoa or apple cider in our thermos bottles would have been a wonderful warm treat to enjoy along the way.

Holiday Lights at the Beach is a fantastic way to entertain family and visiting guests during the holiday season. It’s been named in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 November Events and the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in North America for 2011.” Each year, the display gets larger and changes so it’s never the same show twice. Just one more way to live the life in beautiful Virginia Beach!

Unique Virginia Beach Ice Park = Fun for the Whole Family!

Perfect Family Night Out! Visit Holiday Lights at the Beach for an Extra Special Weekend
So there I was, half my body hanging out of my husband’s moon roof, taking in the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach as we inched along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk in our car. I’m sure it was a sight to behold-me excitedly focusing my camera and capturing each of the fabulous displays, with my patient husband at the wheel pausing just long enough for me to photograph my favorites.
Driving through this popular light show has become an annual holiday tradition for my family, and we’ve found it really gets us excited about the seasonal events ahead. For example, we were able to preview the new Oceanfront Ice Park at Rudee Loop (3rd & Atlantic) in anticipation of our upcoming family ice-skating adventure. While I had initially planned to ice skate and view the boardwalk lights in the same evening, I realized we might need more time for ice skating so we are planning that for another day. Last night we started the light show at 5:30 p.m. and completed it just in time for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Presented by Liberty Tax, the drive-through light show continues nightly through Jan. 3. Here are a few important things to remember before hitting the road:
Hours
5:30 to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 5:30-11 p.m. Fri-Sat.
What to bring
Admission is cash only. Cost is $15 per car Monday-Sunday, $25 for Limousines, $45 for motor coaches, and $25 for mini buses. On Military Mondays presented by Liberty Tax Service, admission is $7 with military identification. Military Mondays kick off Dec. 1.
Radio setting
Don’t forget to set your radio dial to 103.5 for a musical program designed for your listening pleasure as you move through the displays. While I didn’t hear the music with my head sticking out of the moon roof, my husband and son have informed me that it is wonderful. They were humming holiday tunes for hours after we exited the light exhibits.
What you’ll see
This show truly has something to please every family member. My son’s favorite display was the “Surfing Santa,” while my husband and I loved the elaborate depiction of the “12 Days of Christmas.” I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so just be prepared for a fantastic light show at the water’s edge featuring everything from dinosaurs to a special sighting of Santa Claus and his reindeer! Some of the displays are between 20 and 30-feet high, and one of the show’s gems is a 40-feet-tall Christmas tree on the beach.
Rules of the Boardwalk
I’m not so sure how appropriate it was for me to stick my head out of the moon roof to get photographs, but my questionable behavior did enable me to get some nice ones! It was cold though, and I wouldn’t advise it. My hands, face, and ears took an hour or more to completely thaw out. Visitors to the boardwalk are asked to definitely stay in their cars and keep moving…no stopping. This explains why my husband wouldn’t pause for too long for me to get pictures. He was following the rules! It’s also a good idea to turn off your headlights during the show, but please remember to turn them on before entering the roadway. Also watch the space between you and the car in front of you.  Just take your time and enjoy the ride.
A few tips to make it extra nice
In hindsight, I wish we had packed a few goodies to enjoy while driving though the show. Some hot cocoa or apple cider in our thermos bottles would have been a wonderful warm treat to enjoy along the way.
Holiday Lights at the Beach is a fantastic way to entertain family and visiting guests during the holiday season. It’s been named in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 November Events and the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in North America for 2011.” Each year, the display gets larger and changes so it’s never the same show twice. Just one more way to live the life in beautiful Virginia Beach!

Sarah & Nathaniel, friends since preschool, enjoying an afternoon on the ice
Sarah & Nathaniel, friends since preschool, enjoying the ice

Looking for one of the happiest destinations for families in Virginia Beach? Then your holiday plans absolutely must include a visit to the Oceanfront Ice Park at Rudee Loop.

My husband and I headed out there Saturday with our 11-year-old son, Nathaniel. We did not know what to expect, as when we visited McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach last week the ice park had not opened yet.

Beth Kulas with daughters Sara and Sophia Schreiber enjoying a day at the Ice Park
Beth Kulas with daughters Sara and Sophia Schreiber enjoying a day at the Ice Park

So we made a plan to meet my friend Beth and her two daughters Sarah and Sophia for an absolutely fun family outing. Having grown up in Massachusetts, Beth is no stranger to ice skating and took to it immediately. My surfer son, on the other hand, found it difficult to stay balanced at first. He took many spills in the beginning, but within an hour he was gliding past me as if he had been skating his whole life. I think I can safely say he now has added a new, fun activity to his growing list of outdoor sports. And in Virginia Beach!

Sarah & Nathaniel having a ball on the ice!
Sarah & Nathaniel quickly got the hang of it!

I still can’t believe I am sitting here writing about our ice skating adventure with my windows open and 72-degree temperatures outside. Where else in the world can you enjoy the beach by day along with outdoor ice skating at night? It’s definitely a unique corner of the city tailored to families and built for pure fun. Here are just a few things I learned about this special park during our first trip (of course we will be heading back again and again):

Admission

Admission is $12 per person, and $45 for families of five. Time at the park is unlimited, so if you want to skate all day and into the evening, you can! Skate rental is included in the admission price.

Fun for non-skaters

Not everyone feels comfortable on the ice, but spectators are certainly not disappointed. As an observer, I got to enjoy a warm fire, hot cocoa, and take as many fun photos as I wanted. Photographers will appreciate some of the best morning light conditions ever. I was able to get crisp action shots of the kids-something that is often difficult in direct sunlight. I believe the magic was a combination of sunlight and blue skies reflecting off of the slick ice. Plus, if you are not skating, you do not need to pay admission. There is absolutely no charge for parents who just want to watch their kids skate.

Lessons

Want to skate but unsure of your ability? For just $35 per hour, private lessons are available upon request from the Tidewater Figure Skating Club. I think I may need to look into this before I go next time. While it was completely thrilling watching my son ice skate with his friends, something about seeing Beth hand-in-hand with her daughter Sarah made me want to experience it with my son too. When I mentioned to him that I may try to skate next time, he was excited. “Mom, that would be even more fun!” he said.

A joyful Sarah Schreiber enjoys the ice Sarah’s face = joy!

Private parties

I was delighted to see the option to book the entire rink for up to 50 people during available non-public hours. The possibilities are endless. Can you imagine attending your company’s holiday office party at the skating rink rather than a typical hotel ballroom? Rental of the rink is just $125 per hour. Often we have family coming in town for the weekend and I cannot think of a more unique way to entertain everyone than scheduling a private gathering at the ice park.

Be sure to check the varying hours the park will be open, as they have scheduled special operating times when schools are on vacation. I was delighted to see that not only is the park open Christmas Eve until 5 p.m., but also Christmas Day until 11 p.m. In addition, the park opens New Year’s Eve until 12:30 a.m. as well as New Year’s Day from noon to 11 p.m.

What a cool way to ring in the New Year! Hope to see you on the ice soon.


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A Fish for Every Angler

December 16th, 2014 by Mike Halperin

Striped bass fishing should peak over the next several weeks with the Chesapeake Bay season running through the last day of 2014. School-size 18- to 28-inch fish are feeding in lower bay waters with numerous schools of 16- to 18-inch bass revealed by flocks of diving sea birds. Larger trophy fish are present along northern portions of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and along Virginia’s “Eastern Shore” side of the bay.

Caroy Wolfe & his 74 lb. Virginia state record striped  bass

Corey Wolfe & his 74 lb. Virginia state record striped bass

Bigger rockfish, to 30 or more inches, are available around the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT with the best chance for finding a trophy fish in the area from Plantation Light southeast to the CBBT High Rise Bridge area. Fifty pounders have already been taken including a recent 58 lb. 5 oz. striped bass. Fish like that create dreams of landing the next monster bass that will best Corey Wolfe’s state record 74-lb. striper. Soft plastics, lures, bucktails, cut bait and wirelining have all been productive.  Live eels, however, not only offer exciting hits but also the absolute best chance for a real trophy catch!

Tautog by Duane Raver

Tautog by Duane Raver

Tautog continue to put smiles on the faces of anglers with many boats returning with limit catches of fish averaging around 3 lbs. but some as heavy as 10 lbs. Togging has heated up on the Triangle Wrecks and other wrecks up to thirty miles offshore. Tried and true clam baits as well as available crab species are all getting good results.  Don’t skimp on tackle as stout rods and terminal hook-rigs are needed to crank these powerful fish up from their structure homes of rubble, wrecks and pilings.

Rudee Inlet speckled trout citation earns a smile!

Rudee Inlet speckled trout citation earns a smile!

Speckled trout enthusiasts are catching plenty of quality fish with many keeper-size trout exceeding 20 inches. Trout approaching the 30-inch mark have also made an appearance as the winter run is now in full swing.  Wade fishermen, shore fishermen and small boat anglers are all enjoying a strong run including exciting action inside Rudee Inlet.  Live bait, cut bait, soft swim baits and jigs, and MirrOlures are all producing with live minnows always a sure bet. Chartreuse is a hot color for soft plastics while MirrOlures tend to attract “gator” trout. 

Puppy drum are still inside Rudee Inlet. Falling water temperatures have slowed the bite considerably, but keeper-size fish remain available for patient anglers.  Finger mullet, shrimp and cut menhaden are all good baits.  Although not as appealing as fresh bait, soft plastics also work on these Color Me Gone Fishing at Sunrise!mini-red drum.

Ocean anglers holding secret wreck GPS numbers should expect a mixed bag of large black seabass, flounder and triggerfish. Finding a lightly fished or unknown wreck can quickly turn into a bonanza for tasty species at this time of year.  Squid and cut bait strips quickly let you know who is home at the wreck.

Virginia Beach long-range head boats have been returning with banner catches from deep-drop Continental Shelf trips. Species caught include golden and blueline tilefish, large seabass, grouper, black bellied rosefish, and wreckfish.  Large 10 lb. class bluefish with some as large as 18 lbs. offer a true bonus on the Shelf trips.  Be sure to bring a BIG cooler!  Blueline tiles offer a great opportunity to earn a handsome citation award from the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

Big bluefish brings big smiles to Capt. Skip Feller & Dr. Julie Ball

Big bluefish brings big smiles to Capt. Skip Feller & Dr. Julie Ball

False albacore are now making runs through our offshore waters, often close to wreck sites. Although not a favored catch for the dinner table,  “albies” provide maximum fun and sport, particularly on a fly rod.  A sporadic yellowfin tuna bite has been within southbound charter boat range and bluefin tuna have been spotted swimming beyond the 30-mile break.

Hot Spot: Chesapeake Bay Buoy 42 – drift live eels for stripers

Best Bites

Inlets & Surf: Speckled trout

Chesapeake Bay: Striped bass and tautog

Offshore Wrecks: Tautog and black Seabass

Continental Shelf: Blueline tilefish

Noteworthy Catches: 7 lb. 14 oz.  speckled trout, 12 lb. 6 oz. blueline tilefish, 58 lb. 5 oz. striped bass

Tournament Trail:

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12th Annual Rockfish Shootout

December 28-29, 2014

For more info:  Call 757.319.5146 or visit:

http://www.midatlanticrockfishshootout.com/


See you on the water ~ tight lines and hard strikes to all!
Capt. Mike


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The Beach Report – December 12, 2014

December 12th, 2014 by Guest Blogger

This week in The Beach Report, J&A Racing Communication Director Brittany Vajda guest blogs about a fun December event that offers a new twist: The J&A Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler.

#surfnsanta14

#surfnsanta14

Close your eyes and envision a nautical holiday wonderland of more than a million bright lights twinkling against the Atlantic as you’re lacing up for a run on the  Virginia Beach boardwalk. Now open your eyes and imagine no more! Local race management company J&A Racing has made that vision a reality with the debut of the first twilight Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler on December 20, 2014 presented by Bon Secours In Motion.

J&A is known for their themed, festive races. Participants are encouraged to have fun, be creative and often times, even dress the part. This year, the Surf-n-Santa will be held at twilight along the boardwalk so runners can enjoy the “McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach” display, named by USA Today as one of the top ten best holiday light displays in the country!

All participants will receive awesome swag including a unique medal, a commemorative shirt, a finisher’s item and more. Best of all, all racers are invited to the post-race party inside the Virginia Beach Convention Center featuring live music by Audio Sauce, brew from Samuel Adams and other goodies. Prizes will be awarded for the best naughty and nice holiday costumes. As always, parking at the convention center is free.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join in the fun for an evening of joy and wonder at the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler. Registration is open until midnight on 12/18. Click here to register!

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The Beach Report – December 5, 2014

December 5th, 2014 by Katherine Jackson

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Nature Trail is an Outdoor Classroom

People visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center for a variety of reasons: to see the fish and animals, such as the sea turtles and river otters; to attend special programs, such as the stingray feedings and the harbor seal training; to watch 3D movies in the six-story theater; to entertain their children on a cool and cloudy day. I went to the Aquarium specifically to take a walk on the Nature Trail. Measuring a third of a mile long, the Nature Trail traverses the Owls Creek Salt Marsh Preserve, a broad area of wetlands and woodlands which stretch between the Aquarium’s two large exhibition halls. The best feature of this walk is that signboards on the trail describe the birds, animals, fish and plants that inhabit the woods and the marsh. That makes it easy to learn about the natural environment while strolling through the woods and along the banks of the creek. It’s like an outdoor classroom for the self-motivated learner. For example, one area is preserved as a wildflower meadow, and signage describes the flowers that thrive in the sun. At this time of year, most flowers have finished blooming, but the Tall Coreopsis and the Goldenrod refuse to give up. Their yellow flowers are bright spots in the waning landscape.

CoreopsisAlthough there aren’t many flowering plants right now, the woods are alive with the colors of fall. On one loop of the trail, signs identify white oak, holly, beech, loblolly pine and other trees, and provide information about their function in the ecosystem. At one exhibit, I learned that butterflies enjoy the daytime while moths prefer the nighttime. And according to one sign, marshes are a source of food and shelter for a large percentage of marine fish and shellfish. One of the most interesting exhibits is a man-made osprey nest. I see osprey nests all the time in the tops of trees and on poles around Virginia Beach, but I was surprised to see how large these nests are. Osprey return to the same nest each year and continue to expand and improve the roost with sticks, grass, and feathers.

Treetop Tower

Nearby, I climbed the thirty-foot Treetop Tower for an osprey’s-eye view of Owls Creek. Placards on the staircase landings identify the birds and animals that live in the vicinity. Like many of the exhibits inside the Aquarium, the exhibits on the trail are not just static signboards. For instance, in one area the signs have illustrations of animal or bird tracks and give clues so visitors can guess which they are. One sign says, “My tracks show four long toes…I build big nests…and I am a fan of the daytime.” Open a panel to find the answer: Great Blue Heron. Speaking of which, look over there: a Great Blue Heron is wading through the marsh.
In addition to stopping on benches along the way to listen to the songbirds and enjoy a few minutes of quiet contemplation, I strolled through the indoor exhibits as well. A Komodo Dragon roamed around its exhibit case, stingrays glided along the bottom of their pool, and Lookdown fish floated in their habitat. The humans seemed content in their environment as well, ambling along with smiles on their faces. Indeed, people go to the Virginia Aquarium for any number of reasons — a walk on the Nature Trail followed by a cup of hot chocolate in the café is among the best.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATHERINE JACKSON

The Virginia Aquarium is just one of the many exciting ways to experience Virginia Beach. To learn more, check out the official website for the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.


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