Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

So that’s why people are here

Sometimes I just can’t figure out why people would want to live around the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, and Virginia Beach).  The region has a high unemployment rate, lots of crime, and is severely overdeveloped.  There really aren’t many areas with quality nightlife, music , or food, and there is a lot of noise and excess light coming from the dozens of military, navy, and airforce bases located within the region.

The reason why people are here though, and why they keep coming, is quickly revealed by the broad, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Coast and the Chesapeake Bay. We all use and abuse natural resources in different ways, but the idea is still the same:  We are here  because of the natural resources that surround us.

View of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay as seen from the beach at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA. February 2012.

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