June 2012: Pirate Festival, Air Show at the Beach, Class Trip to the Norfolk Zoo
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The Hampton Blackbeard Festival
This was the first year we attended
It's a pretty neat festival!
Sasha makes a parrot
Then hangs out with a pirate band
She picks out some pirate jewelry and tries on a crown of skulls made from real brass and bone!
This pirate wench had a cool skirt made of scarves
Hanging out at a big tall ship waiting for the re-enactment of Blackbeard's beheading.
Once a bustling seaport, Hampton was the doorway to commerce for the colonies. Between the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities, Hampton's waterfront became a prime target for one of the fiercest and most successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard.
Legend has it that when Blackbeard was
finally defeated by the Royal Navy,
his head was mounted on a post at the mouth of the Hampton Harbor warning all other Pirates of their impending fate.
Here we see Blackbeard and The Royal Navy circle each other just off shore firing cannon
Then hand to hand combat ensues, culminating in the beheading.
Back at the Pirate camp we are entertained
by pirate jokes while we wait for the re-enactment of the trial of Blackbeard's
Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they can spend years at C!
How do pirates know that they are pirates? They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!
What do you call a pirate with two eyes and two legs? Rookie!
Finally, the Governor arrives and passes sentence of death to all.
Blackbeard's treasure is offered to the Governor
Who breaks with tradition, and offers it to the crowd
He's a nice Governor
The pirates distribute the treasure!
Plus extra Pirate swag!
Alan and Anya get placed in the stocks for being naughty
Anya gets suited up in some real pirate gear!
Sasha finds the perfect hat! Captain Sasha Sparrow!
Pirate kids with The Governor.
Now our little pirates get hungry and insist they be fed.
So we have a traditional Pirate feast of Cheese Fries and Lemonade.
The next day we were at the beach for the Patriotic Festival & Air Show
Sky-typers fill the sky with advertisements for Geico
And the air show begins!
Actually it was supposed to start at 11am...
So we got there at 10:30 to get a good seat.
It was about 90 degrees and sunny.
We didn't bring any shelter and the show was delayed for 2.5 hours!
So by the time we saw this, we had been baking in the super hot sun for like 3 hours!
Here's a WWII plane racing a speedboat!
Captain Sasha builds a sandbridge
Some precision team work
These are the local jets
They fly over our house all year round
So the kids were not that impressed
Here's a WWII plane racing a F18 Super Hornet
A news chopper and a Navy Sikorsky
This was a gigantic heavy lift helicopter
They zoomed back and forth over the water.
The Coast Guard Chopper demonstrated a water rescue
This chopper flies over the beach all summer long.
Anya hears the Blue Angels
First their support plane does a few fly-bys
Then way out over the ocean, the Blue Angels bear down on the beach
Then it's 30 minutes of Angel tricks
I love watching them
Plus on the beach, they fly really close
It's actually a better show than the one at the end of summer at the airbase. But you don't get to climb on and play in all the planes.
Sasha gets a Peace Tag at one of the swag tents.
Our clichés, I mean kittens, literally playing with a ball of yarn.
End of the year school trip to the zoo!
Mrs. Davis gathers the class out in front
Everybody is super excited
The last big field trip of the year
And it immediately started raining.
But we got a nice class picture
We also did some habitat research and observations
That was kind of hard because the animals were mostly in the indoor enclosures because of the rain.
But the new tigers were out
Pacing around and chasing each other
They smelled the children in this viewing cave...
... and came over to have a bite.
So we drew straws and threw them the weakest child in the class as an offering.
The rest were sparred.
Another unfortunate child was caught in a Willy Wonka-type bubble and became part of the zoo forever.
Finally the battle we all came to see. Monkey vs. Peacock.
Cranes and a baby deer-type thing living together. What a world!
I think Rhinos just like being photographed.
Look close. Can you find the Ostrich? Sasha did! Gifted indeed!
I thought this was a pretty indigenous tree in the Africa habitat, then I remembered there's one growing in the yard behind my house.
Sasha whispered something to this Giraffe like in that movie Lost in Translation.
It will forever drive me crazy, maybe she'll tell me on my deathbed.
Time to go. It was a fun trip to the zoo!
And the Peacock came and offered each child
a feather as a souvenir of their visit...
Thinking back, maybe I shouldn't have told the kids that?
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