On The Go

 Posted by at 1:20 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 232014

Terry and I spent yesterday on the go, covering a lot of territory and getting a lot done. It was a fun day.

We started out meeting longtime Gypsy Journal readers Ron and Verdis Knight for lunch at the Island Café, located in the Duke of York Motel on the waterfront in Yorktown. They have lived in this area for years and shared a lot of information on places to go and things to see. We had such a good time that two hours slipped by in what seemed like minutes and the restaurant was closing. Thanks for making time for us, Ron and Verdis. We really enjoyed it!

Ron Verdis Knight

When we left the restaurant we made a quick stop at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center so Terry could pick up her National Parks Senior Pass. For a onetime fee of $10, this lifetime pass is a heck of a deal and will save citizens age 62 and over a lot of money on entrance fees at National Parks, Historic Sites and lots of other places.

Ron and Verdis had recommended that we check out The Colonies RV and Travel Park adjacent to historic Fort Monroe National Monument, and since several of our readers had recommended the same thing, we decided to take a look. Fort Monroe was established soon after the War of 1812 and we definitely need to go back sometime and explore the old fort and the Casement Museum.

Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe 2

The campground is small but it looked like the kind of place I’d enjoy hanging out at for a while. Guests have access to 500 feet of private oceanfront beach only a two-minute walk across the park, and there was plenty of open space for kite flying. 

Depending on which route we take when we leave this area heading further south in the motorhome, we have to cross the James River where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay via one of three bridges, and we all know about me and bridges. So from Fort Monroe we drove across on the Hampton Roads Bridge–Tunnel and it wasn’t bad at all. The bridge is on Interstate 64 and is two lanes each direction, and best of all, it wasn’t very high. Tunnels don’t bother me at all so it was a piece of cake.

We drove on into Virginia Beach, an upscale beach town, and spent a couple of hours poking around there. This impressive 34-feet tall bronze sculpture of King Neptune greeted us.

Neptune Statue Virginia Beach

The Neptune Festival is going to be this coming weekend, with a sand castle contest, entertainment, and big crowds. But yesterday there were not very many people around.

Virginia Beach

While we were admiring the deep blue water (okay, I may have been admiring a couple of young ladies in skimpy bathing suits, too), Terry spotted a cell phone somebody had lost. I flipped it open and there was a missed call message showing, so I hit re-dial and when a woman answered I explained that we had just found the phone. It was the owner on the other end of the line and she had been calling the number, hoping somebody would hear it and pick it up. We hung around for about 20 minutes until she could drive back and meet us. She was thrilled to get her phone back and wanted to pay me for our trouble, but that’s bad karma. I told her to pay it forward to somebody else sometime down the road.

Since it was getting late in the day, Terry drove home. We took a slightly longer route back home, across the Monitor–Merrimac Memorial Bridge–Tunnel on Interstate 664. Again, low and wide. Another piece of cake. I don’t mind going under the water in a tunnel so ships can pass over me, I just don’t like being on high bridges so they can pass under me.

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for today. We may stay home and hang out, or we may do some more exploring. There’s so much to see and do around here that we can’t possibly get to everything in the two weeks we have left, but that’s okay because we will have plenty of reasons to come back again!

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  4 Responses to “On The Go”

  1. Happy to see you are enjoying Virginia, one of my favorite states. I will be waiting to hear your experience with the NPS Senior Pass. I have one too and recent attempts touse it at Gettysburg PA and Lowell MA historic sites were a fail. Rangers told me we still need to pay full price for interpretive services even though facilites were clearly marked as National Park.

  2. We lived in Hampton, for eight years. One of our favorite tourist things to do was the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk. You guys should check it out.

  3. Nick, passing this info on in case it helps another reader. When Dick and I got our Federal Senior Pass, we were told we only needed 1 pass, but we decided to buy 2 passes anyway ($10 x 2 for life). In most cases, we only need 1 pass (entrance to national parks; camping at COE and forest parks). However, in July, when we went to either Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View, AR or The Parthenon in Nashville, TN (I cannot remember which one), with 2 passes, we both received the discounted fee. I am sure there are other places that this is the case, as well, so we are now glad that we have 2 cards.

  4. Nick, I have the fear of high bridges also. We just got back from vacation at Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, OR and that bridge is awful. My husband drove us to the park but coming back two weeks later, my husband had his work vehicle (working vacation for him) that I needed to drive back. The fastest way to our house was back over that bridge but now I was driving a vehicle. My heart was pounding and to really make it bad, they were stopping traffic on the bridge because of bridge painting. I kept my eyes on the spare tire on our trailer in front of me the whole time, whispering “please move!” “please move”. Thank god, we were only stopped for about 5 minutes.

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