We took a little adventure camping in Virginia Beach at First Landing state park.
This place is special to us because we road tripped to Savannah, Georgia a few years ago, driving down the coast and making stops along the way, and this was our first stop where we camped.
This picture was from our first time here. This raccoon ate our sandwiches and carried the bags into the tree right above our tent- he watched us while he ate our food!
Going back brought back all sorts of nostalgia for those memories, but new ones were made too!
Not only that, but it has some cool history.
“The state park is near the site of the first landing on April 26, 1607 of Christopher Newport and the Virginia Company colonists before establishing themselves at Jamestown.”
Something we really love about this campsite is the trees. Makes you feel like you are deep down in the south, in a fairy forest.
Just look at them!
And every campsite has it’s own beauty and is different looking, as well as private.
Our first night of arrival 🙂
Not only that, but this campsite is minutes of a walk [depending on your campsite, it could be even closer] from the beach.
Our first night there, we arrived later than expected.
By the time we set up camp, we wanted to take a walk down to the beach.
We were lucky enough to walk upon this stunning sunset.
Our last time here, also on our first night, we walked upon the most amazing lightning storm on the beach.
We learned to take on the unexpected and embrace whatever comes while camping.
The state park is right on the Chesapeake Bay beach, [also called “Chick’s beach”] which is incredibly warm, much less wavy, and more calm than the regular ocean. It is so relaxing. I also did not feel as many hard shells under my feet, the sand in the water was soft and you sank right in.
We needed to search for water type Pokemon while we were there, too. Anyone else playing?!!
We took some time to re-visit the Virginia Beach boardwalk too. #Virginiaisforlovers
We ate at this lovely place on the boardwalk with live music that also had wild Magikarps flopping on the table while you eat!
I caught him, by the way.
Just thought this was too hilarious not to share.
This poor guy either thought I was taking a picture of him or knew I was playing and was hoping I caught him! Guess we will never know…
We packed up our camp and headed out of Virginia Beach onto our next stop, which was a new one for us.
Before we left, we hit up Citrus for breakfast. I got the orange glaze pancakes, which were featured on the Food Network. As well as a mimosa. I also sampled Frankie’s Beach Benedict. Yum.
Don’t I look happy? I was!
So, we have visited Ocean city, Maryland before [also on our road trip] but never Assateague Island National State Park.
I read about this place online, and it’s abundance of wild ponies on the beach, and knew we had to go while we were down here.
I was expecting to maybe see a few ponies….we got way more than we ever imagined from this trip.
How amazing is this?! We literally watched the group of horses walk in front of us on the beach. It felt surreal and dream worthy.
Of course we wanted to go back to Ocean City’s boardwalk, too! This boardwalk has a lot more going on than the VA Beach boardwalk in our opinion.
I also wanted to report that on vacation, I finished 2 books! [This may seem like nothing, but coming from me- who is a very slow reader, and who spends a lot of her time gaming, it’s a big thing.]
I have loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series for awhile now.
I love books about small towns and characters I can relate to. I get so invested in them.
This vacation, I read Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas, which had the same feelings as Virgin River series did for me. I just love when you can find authors that write in the same manner but also have a very different style. I could not put this book down!
I am also reading You are a badass book– which has really helped me come back from vacation feeling some type of way and ready to take on the world. And myself. I have new goals written down for the week and the book really emphasizes taking things day by day, being more present, and all the things I have been lacking.
Yes, that is Spongebob on my shirt. He joined us for vacation!
It was hard to say goodbye to the beaches and the relaxation, but it’s back to reality now.
I hope you all enjoyed coming along for the journey, I certainly enjoyed sharing it. Let me know if you have visited these places before or plan to!