Yesterday I drove down the Delmarva Peninsula to NASA’s Wallops Visitor Center, plus a quick swing through Chincoteague. I’ll observe that the Virginia end of the peninsula is much more economically distressed than the Maryland end, judging by the abandoned housing stock, the desolate small town business centers, and the general depopulation. The whole area had something of a Blair Witch vibe. Also, Virginia doesn’t seem to be able to pick up their roadside litter nearly as effectively as Maryland, which is a passive testament to constrained resources.
Still, it was pretty, if a bit strange.
The Wallops Visitor Center was fun and kind of cute, basically a small and slightly random museum to NASA operations with an understandable focus on the site’s role. Sadly for my goals of the day, there’s no longer any public access to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, or anywhere within line of sight of it, except for a little bit of on-the-horizon visibility from the Chincoteague causeway.
Abandoned house in Horntown, VA.
Yard in Horntown, VA. Note the egret stencil spray painted on the side of the shed.
Side road near Horntown. This looked unaccountably spooky to me.
Gulls at Chincoteague. I didn’t have the right camera with me, so it doesn’t come out well, but this picture has a lot of gulls in it.
Abandoned drive in movie theatre, West Ocean City, MD.
Observation deck of the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.
Rocket on static display at the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.
Another rocket on static display at the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.
Spherical movie screen at the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.
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