Memorial Day at Virginia Beach

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My cousin learning to skimboard. I tried it too. He was better than me.

May 25th 2007:  We were up before the sun and set out for CMH where we boarded Skybus.  It had been in the air only a week, but everything went smoothly.  I would recommend traveling Skybus for cheapo air if they fly into a city near you.  It was no frills, but effective.  Upon arriving in Richmond, we rented a car and headed to VA Beach where it was arranged for us to stay with 20 other family members in an old military barracks.  It was comfortable and fun to be with family.  We then drove to Norfolk and the USS Wisconsin and the most impressive ceremony I've ever witnessed.  If you EVER get the change to go to a military retirement ceremony, DO IT!  After the ceremony my cousins' had a hog roast on a beautiful beach.

An osprey eating his lunch! He's a very handsome bird.

May 26th, 2007:  We were up pretty bright and early and on the beach.  Included with our stay was a private section of beach.  The water was still very cold but the sand and sun were warm.  I was nursing a pretty good burn by this point.  We drove to Forst Story and climbed up the very old lighthouse.  We also saw the memorial that was at the landing site of the first settlers of Jamestown.  We ate at Captain George's all-you-can-eat seafood buffet which was good, but expensive!  We wrapped up the day by strolling through the tourist shops and boardwalk along the beach.  It was a very pleasent day.

May 27th:  This was basically a beach and family day.

May 28th: again up before the sun on to Richmond.  We flew back on Skybus.  Would you believe that round trip tickets for 2 of us, including taxes and all that, were less than $80?!?!  Quite a deal.  With gas being $3.50 a gallon that weekend, it was WELL worth it to fly.

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My cousin learning to skimboard.  …
My cousin learning to skimboard. …
An osprey eating his lunch!  Hes …
An osprey eating his lunch! He's…
Looking up at Fort Storys old lig…
Looking up at Fort Story's old li…
The USS Wisconsin; site of my cous…
The USS Wisconsin; site of my cou…
Ah, the ocean.  In the words of Ji…
Ah, the ocean. In the words of J…
Rining the bell out during the ret…
Rining the bell out during the re…
My husband and I on a boat anchor …
My husband and I on a boat anchor…
This little guy and about 200 of h…
This little guy and about 200 of …
The flag passing ceremony.
The flag passing ceremony.
He looks so evil and threatening, …
He looks so evil and threatening,…
My father, husband, and I looking …
My father, husband, and I looking…
Me discovering sand shrimp.
Me discovering sand shrimp.
The very large and impressive stat…
The very large and impressive sta…
The old lighthouse commissioned by…
The old lighthouse commissioned b…
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