08.09.2016 - 12.09.2016
Changing plans is our new specialty...
So we have finally reached a good stop with wifi. I will do my best to update without rambling...
We skipped Maine. Ha! On our drive to the border we decided we didn't want to go that far east if we really were just too excited to move down south. SO our first stop was through Upstate New York and into Skyline Drive State Forest. Really tiny forest up on a giant hill but free to stay so we jumped on the opportunity. I gotta tell you though... the drive through New York State was absolutely beautiful. I didn't realize the landscape was so wonderful. Hills for days. This gorgeous view for our drive led right through into Pennsylvania. On day two we decided to drive through these beautiful (and even bigger) hills all the way until we found a beautiful little area in Mechaux State Forest. A lot of driving in two days but it was too beautiful a drive not to. Oh an our AC broke so this day was HOT. Our site was on top of a little mountain ridge, however it didn't really have a lookout spot and it was a pretty dry, field-like area. Very private and comfortable though. We've made all attempts at fixing the AC. Tried everything ourselves. So now (on day 4 of it not working and it being ridiculously hot out) we are looking to go to a mechanic. Ugh.
On day three we decided to head to Maryland and check out Washington DC. Amazing! So easy to navigate through (set up pretty similar to Toronto we found in terms of street set up). We parked the van and walked around in the blazing heat to check out all the monuments and memorials we could in the span of two hours - too hot for Ginny to walk any longer. What a lovely city though. So much greenery and very easy on the eyes. That night we both agreed we needed to pamper ourselves with more water than usual and some electricity because of the heat... so we went to an RV park just south of Maryland in Virginia called Manroe Bay. Located on Colonial Beach. Pretty hilarious and cool spot. Definitely got our money's worth with the water hook up and amazing breeze coming off the water. Ginny was happy. What was strange though (to me... Alex expected as much) was that there were more Confederate flags than American flags. There were so many that it was overwhelming. Everyone in the park has golf carts to get around and most of them were done up with Confederate flags and big light fixtures to show them off. Best moment on the trip so far was when Alex and I were enjoying a beer at night out on the chairs and we were surrounded suddenly by a parade of Confederate flagged golfcarts and their drivers doing donuts and drivebys throughout the entire park before the 11pm noise shutdown. It was a strange five minutes... but hilarious.
After our visit to Manroe Bay we packed up and headed for Virginia Beach. We certainly made it. Absolutely wonderful... Alex is at home on the ocean. We got there pretty late last night so after spending some time cooling off on the beach we drove to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Chesapeake Tunnel-Bridge to get here was so wild! It is a 20 mile long bridge-tunnel complex across Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Couldn't believe it. Kind of scary at times because of how stranded you feel while all you can see around you is water on this huge strip of road. But awesome. Worth the expensive toll to cross for sure. Especially because now we are sitting at a free rest stop with wifi and because a National Wildlife Refuge where we watched a big buck deer hangout for about an hour last night 15 feet away. We are now on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for a couple days... getting our toll's worth out of this place. We will be exploring the beaches along the National Seashore and kayaking on the ocean waves along the beaches. Hopefully we will get our hands on some fresh oysters and soft shell crab while we're here too.
Couple of things learned so far:
New York and Pennsylvania is too pretty not to drive through
It is too hot to not have AC/lighter dresses are necessary (mom I should have listened to you and taken that dress)
Speed limits are wildly high in the strangest places
There are gun shells almost everywhere in the forests, and most signs on backroads are destroyed with bullets... America likes to shoot
Loving and missing everyone.