Friday, October 22, 2010

Exploring SE Virginia: Virginia Beach

Fresh from a couple of very hot days at Jamestown and Yorktown, a bit of cooler weather moved in as we arrived in Virginia Beach.  This is quite the resort area for people in this part of the country, and an area that we have been wanting to see for quite a while.  We spent a couple of nights at the Capes Hotel, right on the beach, which is really quite nice.  Here is a picture of the ocean side:

We had a nice ocean-view room on the 8th floor.  We were glad we came in late September because we wouldn't have to face all the crowds ..... and then we looked out from our balcony:

Three miles of boardwalk and there were booths and people as far as we could see!  Turns out we happened into VA Beach on the weekend of the Neptune Festival and the North American Sandsculpting Championship.

King Neptune kept watch over the proceedings 

We spent quite a bit of time looking at the sandsculptures, which were amazing!  There were too many to show all of them here, but these were some of our favorites:

and a few more .....

and yet a few more .....

But now, for the prize winners, in the local business category, this little gem:

And our prize for the the biggest "Awwwwww" is the sculpture titled "Love Never Grows Old":

And now, our personal GRAND PRIZE WINNER, "Glory Lost, Glory Restored":

After walking up and down the boardwalk and visiting the craft booths, the rain moved in so we went for dinner and called it a night.  We needed rest for the long day trip to the Eastern Shore the next day. 

Next up: the Eastern Shore and Chincoteague Island!

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