The day started out a bit overcast but quickly started to heat up, and by early afternoon the sun was out in full force. We headed to the Dismal Swamp, a very protected canal with tall trees and water so calm its resembles glass. Construction began in 1793, and had to be dug completely by hand so progress was slow and expensive. Most of the labor was done by slaves hired from nearby landowners. The slaves became so familiar with this swamp that it eventually became a haven for runaway slaves.
There is a bridge and lock at the beginning and end of this canal, with only 4 openings a day. We took 2 days to go through this fascinating area.
We stayed overnight at the welcome center along the canal, and went to the Dismal Swamp National Park across the foot bridge.
The next 2 pictures were taken as we walked around the park.