I’m sitting here docked in Norfolk and now that I have finished putting beef ribs in the crock pot for dinner, it’s time to spend some time writing for a bit. After anchoring out just south of Deltaville from Monday to Friday, I was grateful to be pulling into Norfolk for a night of enjoying shore water and shore power. Ah- the comforts of home. An endlessly hot shower on land, watching tv in the evening, and being able to make coffee and hot tea fresh for the evening and morning rather than heating up leftovers in a pot on the stove. When we awoke Saturday morning to gusts over 20 knots, Steve did not hesitate to make the safety conscious decision to stay docked in Norfolk rather than anchor out in Rudee Inlet on the south end of the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. It took me a mere 20 seconds to start looking up the closest rental car office so we would have transportation between Norfolk and Virginia Beach so we could enjoy the Neptune Festival. Not having a car and having to rely on walking, biking, hitching rides or grabbing public transportation makes the occasional rental car a special treat and cause for celebration. David and I immediately started planning our outings!
But of course, the main reason for us being in Virginia Beach at this time was to enjoy the 44th Annual Neptune Festival, held evey year on the boardwalk during the last weekend in September. While some folks come to the festival for the funnel cakes and other carnival types of food, others come for the vendors peddling their goods that ranged from hammock chairs, jewelry, the greatest tarnish remover, to luggage and purses. Still others come to enjoy one last weekend on the beach before the temperatures drop. But for us- the Neptune Festival means family! My Uncle John has directed this event for the last 20 years (and we have the t-shirts to prove it!) and so coming here means we get to walk the boardwalk and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the festival, but the real treat is hanging out in the ground zero trailer and while swapping stories and sharing recent events.
As we embark on this wandering lifestyle, I recognize more and more how important it is to seize the moments to enjoy family and friends along our route. So while the boardwalk held many interesting sites and tastes to tempt us, the real treat was hanging with family. So until Thursday, we will continue to run errands easily with the rental car at our disposal, grab a few more visits with family, and enjoy the special treat of shore water and shore power before pulling away from the dock and continuing down the ICW. I love our life!