For the long weekend we hired a car and drove up to Virginia Beach – as usual Kathy was running a race but unusually this time we didn’t bring Boomer. Dogs were not allowed on the beach until after labor day and a weekend trip to a beach town seems a bit stupid if you can’t go to the beach. So Boomer stayed with our friends for the weekend and in exchange we are minding their dog this weekend (perfect!).
Our car has been having a few issues with its air-conditioning when it runs for a long time and the prospect of driving for 6 hours when it’s over 35C outside without AC made the decision to hire a car easy. We got a lovely ford focus and I think we might have fallen a little in love with it. It was quite the hardship to return it at the end of the trip.
We also stayed in a cabin in the KOA at Virginia Beach and now that I’ve finally experienced glamping I’m more than a little concerned that regular camping will have lost its charm. After the last trip to Huntington Beach where we melted both inside and outside of the tent it was glorious to be able to pop into the air-conditioned cabin to cool down on a real bed! Without a doubt though my favourite part was the porch swing – I spent a lazy evening on that swing knitting a sleeve for my sweater.
Virginia Beach itself was fun – I preferred it over Myrtle Beach – and because we didn’t have the dog we were able to pop in and out of shops, restaurants and bars together. We also spent a good bit of time down by the beach itself, checking out the Neptune sculpture, drinking beer flights, eating a bunch of delicious Italian food and generally just relaxing (along with the other 16,000 people who came to town for the race!). I even managed to sneak in a mimosa while Kathy was running on Sunday - making it my favourite race to be a spectator at so far.
It would have been perfect if not for the long 6 hour drive back home!