On a short jaunt outside the house this past week, We saw this barge being pulled down-river by a tug. We went home for my "good" camera, and found a good vantage point from the local beach. The James River is about 7 miles wide, so it took by telephoto lens to get this shot.
While I was at it, I scanned over to the town of Smithfield which lies almost directly across from our community in Newport News, VA. We can barely just see their watertower using binoculars (or a telephoto lens). We decided to head over the bridge to have lunch in Smithfield.
There wasn't a good place to pull over, and the road was surprisingly busy, so I had to catch this shot from the window of our car. I'm going to have to get up early in the morn to capture this scene in better light someday.
A Taste of Smithfield that day for soup and a sandwich. While there, we picked up a few stocking-stuffers for this Christmas. Next door is a lovely antique shop that we always like to stroll through. We didn't buy anything that day, but it's always fun to browse.
Smithfield is a delightful town amid many historical sites along the Southside of the James River. If you plan a future trip to the Williamsburg area sometime, I recommend you make room in your itinerary for a day or two in Smithfield.