We spent a full week in Virgina Beach, VA and had an awesome time. The photos will pretty much tell the story but here are some highlights:
First Landing State Park
This is a beautiful state park - it quite reminds me of Holland State Park back home in that it’s right on the beach and probably impossible to get into in the summer. We spent most of our time beach-side with just a quick trip across the road to get a small taste of the walking and biking trails.
Miranda was in pure heaven here finding treasures on the beach. She had just about the whole table filled, and even bought a $15 book with her own money to help identify what she had found.
Cape Henry Lighthouse
We were just exploring and had heard there were lighthouses in the area, so had the Ferguson (our Garmin) lead us there. Turns out the Cape Henry lighthouse is within a working Naval base, so we got a pretty good inspection going in. MsBoyink and I had to get out of the truck, I had to raise the hood, and a guy with a mirror on a pole looked underneath. What we didn’t understand is why they had no interest whatsoever in seeing inside our large toolbox.
Once in we paid $18 (in a rare touristy moment) to all walk up in the old lighthouse, famous for being the USA’s first civil-service project. George Washington himself reviewed the bids for the job. It was a nice view on a sunny day, but the hazy lighthouse glass filled with graffiti spoiled the photo opportunities available.
Virginia Beach Central Library
We spent nearly a day and a half in the library. I had a couple of work projects to try and crank out this week and the kids were hungry for library time. This was a very nice library with a teen-specific place that the kids really enjoyed.
Our plan is to head to the Outer Banks in North Carolina from here - but we may stay one day later yet. The park is getting some weekender traffic coming in and a family with kids close in age to Miranda and Data have moved in next door. They’ve already made fast friends, and we’re in no particular hurry to leave.