As we drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Saturday morning, I thought about the popular get-to-know-you question: Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Then I thought, God bless Virginia, because I don’t have to choose. Mountains Friday, beach Saturday and Sunday.
Andrew’s dad and his girlfriend recently purchased a house at Cape Charles and have been working hard to renovate it before summer. The house is finally live-able, and this weekend we helped them move furniture from Richmond. Saturday afternoon, after moving all the large pieces into the house (plus lunch and a 2-hour nap…hah!), Andrew and I set off the explore the small town. Unfortunately, at 60 degrees with 20 mph winds, it was not a great beach day, but we were content to walk around in sweat shirts. 🙂
Cape Charles definitely has a small-town feel. There is only one street with stores–a few restaurants, a pharmacy with a lunch counter, a hardware store selling everything from paint to hula hoops to cleaning supplies that may have expired in 1987. Outside most of the shops, locals sit in rocking chairs, greeting passerbys. It was charming.
After dinner Saturday night, we caught a beautiful sunset over the bay:
On Sunday morning, I went for a short, easy run; my primary motivation was to snap a few pictures before too many people were out and about.
I saw an otter (that Andrew tells me is a muskrat…) swimming in a pond! Walking closer to the water I thought, “Either this is an otter (muskrat,) and this is going to be awesome, or it’s the biggest snake I’ve ever seen, and I’m in big trouble.” Thankfully, it wasn’t a snake. 😉
For lunch, Andrew and I walked to the Cape Charles Coffee House (where I had also grabbed a coffee at the end of my run :-D.) On Sundays they only serve breakfast, which suited both of us just fine! Andrew ordered the egg platter, with scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit (including local strawberries!,) and I ordered the Belgian waffles, which came with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and sausage links. The waffles were huge, and other than Andrew helping me with the sausage, I ate every bite. I was pretty hungry, and it was so, so delicious! I wish I’d taken a picture!
On the way to lunch we passed this pretty blue wall. This is what happened when I asked Andrew to model in his red shirt:
How did I get so lucky? 😉
After lunch we packed up our bikes and drove to the nearby National Wildlife Refuge, then Kiptopeke State Park. The NWR had paved or fine gravel trails, but not many of them, and the state park had lots of trails, but most of them were grassy and tough to ride through. Still, between the two, we spent about two hours on our bikes exploring.
The marsh overlook at the National Wildlife Refuge
The Bay Overlook at Kiptopeke State Park
I’ve said this before, but I rarely notice our height difference until I look at pictures… and then I think it’s hilarious. I look like a child on the bike. 😀
We ended the afternoon with some beach time at the park.
By the end of the day, we were completely exhausted. I think we were in bed by 9:30! It was an awesome weekend, despite the cooler weather on Saturday. We drove home early Monday and spent most of the day resting and watching Arrested Development on Netflix.
…And I continue to be thankful that I don’t have to choose between the beach and the mountains. 😀
What did you do for the Memorial Day weekend? Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?