Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Last Trip of the Summer

Because of my time off work this past spring, it kept me from making my annual pilgrimage to Tennessee. So, instead I decided to do a couple of weekend trips. The first as you know was to see good friends in Smith Mountain Lake. The second, was this past weekend to see 'retired Navy brother' and his family in Chesapeake Virginia. It was a fun visit and so good to see everyone and catch up. 

~Retired Navy brother's cats, Petey and Bubba~ 

Because we were so close to the ocean, we decided to end our trip with a little splurge of an overnight stay at Virginia Beach. 

~The famed King Neptune statue on the boardwalk~

Normally, I'm not a beach person. It had been about 5 years since I was at the beach but I was reminded that like Tennessee, it's peaceful in its own ways. 

The overcast skies and the threat of rain cut down on the amount of people that were on the beach. I think that made it a bit more relaxing to not have the crowds that are there this time of year.
But for this non-beach lover, I have to say that I really did enjoy the sounds of the waves, the smell of the salty sea air, the feel the warm ocean and smooth sand beneath my feet as we walked along the shore. And I enjoyed watching the sea-birds too. 

We took a little time to sit and people-watch on the boardwalk, which in the short time we were there we realized it offers an eye-full of things to observe, and that's all I'll say about that. ūüėé

~View from our room of the boardwalk~

We also really loved the view from our hotel room, and seeing fishing boats and cargo ships off in the distance as night fell. 

Weekend trips have a way of ending much too quickly. But it's always good to be home, because I always miss the dogs when I go away. 


  1. Hello,
    Lovely views of the ocean and beach, I like the birds too. I am sure the dogs miss you and are really happy when you come home. Cute photo of Todd. Take care, have a happy day!

  2. It looks like you had a lovely visit to the beach. Of course it's always nice to get back home to all your pups and kitties, too.

  3. Good to get away! Todd looks happy that you are back:)

  4. CATS?!?!?!? Can I chase? Big statue? Bark bark bark bark bark! Birds! Can I chase? Beach! Hurray! Home and Todd! Extra hurray!!!

  5. When I wass a child (.60 years ago) those hotels were larrge rooming houses where guests stayed. No hotels on the beach then.


  6. Lovely trip. Glad you returned safely, Kim.

  7. I'm glad you got away - sometimes a break helps with the sadness and emotional toll that caring as you do entails. The sound of the sea would be something you don't experience at home either. Good to unwind, and good to see your brother too.

  8. Good to know that you had a change of scenery and time to re-charge your batteries.

  9. what pretty photos of Virginia Beach. I haven't been there in years but have fond memories. And you had such a sweet puppy face waiting for your too.

  10. Looks like you picked a good time to visit that beach. Instead of crowds of people, you got to see sea birds. It's always good to get home again, though.


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