The other Peninsula ferry, docking at Old Point Comfort by Fortress Monroe and offering travel to and from Kiptopeake Beach on the Eastern Shore was also a special trip. Crossing the broad Chesapeake Bay reminded me of being in the open sea and the salt air and the following seagulls looking for food were interesting as well. By today's standards, such a trip would just be looked at as something insignificant, but the time spent on board, watching all of the ships come and go in the World's Great Harbor and being able to view the panorama and study it was a great learning experience. Realizing that this same harbor was entered in 1607 by Captain John Smith and his Jamestown colonists under the expert piloting of Captain Christopher Newport pointed out the significance of the great port that followed him. Most school children in Newport News were awed by all of the history surrounding us and this grand port was no exception to that reverence with its importance to the new nation and its success in the Western world.
Today, those ferries have, of course, been long retired and residents can now zip back and forth between Newport News and Norfolk and its surrounding communities by automobile using two bridge tunnels, one to Norfolk from Strawberry Banks in Hampton and the other from downtown Newport News to the Southside just west of Portsmouth. But the thing is, even though these grand engineering designs have been a boon to the community, the ensuing growth in traffic has once again resulted in lots of gridlock. So, instead of watching the port before us from the deck of a ferry, drivers now can do so from the seat of a car stopped in huge traffic backups. I guess it's true that some things never change. After all, if we build it they will come and come they did. I'll leave it to the reader if that is a good thing for them or not. Sometimes we need to be careful about what we wish for. Sometimes we might get too much of it.