What a difference a year makes.
Last year my oldest graduated as a doctor of physical therapy after seven long years of studying. This year, we spent a long weekend in his new hometown of Virginia Beach.
We shared love, laughter and libations on this trip and made memories. Some of the memorable moments:
My youngest, who recently turned 21, told us frequently, “I’m a grown man.” He also selected the fave meal of the week — the Waterman burger – a burger topped with a lump crabcake and cheese. It was incredible.
Our view above Rudee’s Inlet near the beach included a marina. Captain Jack and the Lost Pearl, a pirate ship, regularly cruised by larger boats with loudspeaker blaring, “Give me all your treasure.” The boat tours the inlet and includes a bar.
We had an air show on Friday courtesy of the Naval Air Station in nearby Oceana. It is home to the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.
Everyone in Virginia Beach must be working for the Chamber of Commerce. The police officer directing traffic near a construction site outside our rented condo talked to us on a break and shared all the pertinent stats of the area. He also offered tips on shopping, eating and traveling. He moved there in the 1980s from New Jersey.
It’s a great place to visit, and we will be back. It’s also not far from the Outer Banks.