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Monday, June 30, 2014

Beaching It


That's what we did Sunday on a biking/beach trip to Cape Charles, VA, which is about an hour drive from our home. We drove there transporting the bikes and then cycled along town streets, all of which have a 25 MPH speed limit, before going to the beach.  East-west streets are named after Virginia statesmen and north-south streets are named after fruits. 

Cape Charles, VA is the Eastern Shore's southern most town, located 10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It's a Victorian-era town included in the National Register of Historic Places. In years gone by, the town had a booming railroad and ferry business.

The public beach here is free — making it the only beach on the ES which doesn't require a parking or entrance fee. It's on the Chesapeake Bay and the waters are relatively shallow which make this location safe for those with young children. Unlike other VA beaches which are off the Atlantic Ocean, there are small to no waves here. And, like most other beaches, It's a favorite for gulls, always scavenging the shoreline.






And sometimes gators too; this youngster was having a touch time managing this float . . .



Until his older brother came to cart off the beast.
When we visited, there were lots of family groups out for a day of fun in the sun — sunbathing, swimming, boating and playing. Coolers are allowed, but there's no food stands, amusement rides, or other vendors here, which make this beach a perfect getaway for many folks, including ourselves, to relax — under the boardwalk or hanging ten off the edge of a lounge chair.
We hope everyone had a great weekend, no matter how or where it was spent.
Any special plans for this week's major holidays — Canada Day (July 1) and July 4th?

19 comments:

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a fun outing. And the great thing about a beach bike ride is that it is level!

Gail Dixon said...

What a perfect beach for a getaway. Someone looks very rested under that boardwalk. :)

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Is that an image of the Little Gator Guy throwing his hat in frustration? If it is, it's a hoot. Although no fun being that frustrated. Good thing I don't do that. My house would be knee deep in hats! LOL!

Debby said...

Cute fun pictures. Looks like you are having a great summer.

A Quiet Corner said...

What a great beach and so close to you too!!!...:)JP

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

I like those long stretches of beach without people around, like down in the MS Gulf shores etc...but this looks very nice especially with the no vendors, etc. .

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Biking!! I'm so impressed! :)
It looks like a fun day trip.... and you captured some terrific shots!

Out on the prairie said...

Good pics of a lovely area. Wish I was there, it is flooding here.

William Kendall said...

It seems you had fun!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'd love to bike again, but I haven't been on a bike in years. Looks like you had a great time and I enjoyed your fun photos!

gigihawaii said...

Sounds like a fun time.

Anvilcloud said...

I can't imagine 'beaching it' in the hot sun anymore although I can certainly imagine going for a swim.

Doris said...

How fun to bike around town! Sounds like you had a great time!
Hope to get to a beach sometime this summer...no date set yet.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

It looks soo nice!

Here it mostky rains and is nasty chilly but they say it will get warmer when the weekend starts. I'll believe it if it happens :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Emma Springfield said...

I love the beach. Unfortunately I burn easily so I look almost neon because I have to use a heavy sunscreen to protect my skin.

Elaine said...

Looks like a lovely beach! Wonderful photos too! We'll be spending the 4th at my daughter's for a pig roast and the next day volunteering for our Jingle in July 5K. It's our version of the Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation held in December everywhere else--December is a little cold for that here though.

possum said...

Looks like you had fun.
Nice town, Cape Charles. Some neat architecture, if you like that period.

Daisy said...

This looks like so much fun--a perfect summer time weekend!

diane b said...

It looks a lot warmer than the weekend I just had. Love the photos especially the boys and the float.

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