I love weekends. I know that’s a crazy thing to say, because everyone loves them. I used to be indifferent, though. I worked retail for seven years, and for six of those years the only time I had a weekend day off was when I requested it. So the weekends were always spent at Hallmark, and being jealous of friends at the lake or the beach. Or at the mall doing something more fun than selling greeting cards.
Graham and I always try to make the most out of every weekend. We rarely ever spend a Saturday or Sunday lounging on the couch (except during football season). We like to pack a bag, get the dog ready and go do some exploring. By far, the areas we’re able to explore is my FAVORITE thing about Virginia. There is so much to do within a relatively short driving distance.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Virginia Beach is not exactly dog friendly (dogs are only allowed before 10:00am and after 6:00pm). We wanted to take the dog swimming, so we headed out to the Outer Banks. I honestly like the Outer Banks better than VA beach anyways. It’s less commercial and more family friendly. The last time we were at the Outer Banks, we wanted to see the Wright Brothers Memorial, but we didn’t have time. So this visit we did that first.
The memorial is at the top of the hill, but on the way you see a monument marking where they made their famous flights from.
Once you’re at the top, the memorial is much more impressive than it looks from the bottom of the hill. And of course we had to take the obligatory selfie. I really need to invest in a tripod. I mean, I’m wearing the perfect shirt and you can’t even see it! (It says ‘I love history’.)
The view from the top was really beautiful as well. I can only imagine how different it looked over a 100 years ago.
Back at the bottom of the hill they have markers for the distances of each flight, and who was flying them. I imagine it was pretty competitive… It would be for me anyways.
After leaving the memorial, we headed to the beach. Unfortunately Duck is the only part of the OBX that doesn’t have leash laws, but it doesn’t have public beach access. So, we went to one of the other beaches. We let Hermione off for a few minutes when we came across another dog off its leash, but since it’s peak season, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving her off too long.
We walked along the beach for a while, just talking & watching the dog play. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday!
Sunday wasn’t as exciting, but still enjoyable. We took Hermione for a long walk at our usual spot in Yorktown, spent some time laying out by the pool at our apartment and ended the day by seeing Maleficent. The movie was good. Very good, actually. IF you can separate it from the classic fairy tale (both the original French version & the Disney version from the 1950’s). There were too many big differences for the two to go together, but taking it on its own merit, it was enjoyable. I’m not a fan of Angelina Jolie, but she was PERFECT in the role.