Sunday, October 16, 2011

Virginia Beach Week 1 Highlights

We have been here a little over a week.  The first few days we stayed at Ocean Pines Campground at Ocean Naval Air Station.
(This is a photo off the website since I didn't remember to take my own while we were there…)

The campground was once a mobile home park they have converted to a campground.  The laundry facilities and restrooms are good.  But it is about 4 miles from the beach.

After three days, we moved over to Dam Neck where we have reservations.  Sea Mist RV campground is where we stayed last year for a couple of months.  They opened up 26 new sites and the old portion of the campground is closed until they can finish upgrading it.
The new portion has nice concrete pads with 50 amp electricity and full hook ups. And it is only about 200 yards from the beach.  And the price is right at $450/month.

Kelly lives in Norfolk with is about 30 minutes away.  Last weekend we met some of her friends and had dinner at the Baron Pub in Portsmith.   We took the ferry across from Norfolk.
We walked about 4 blocks down to the pub and met her friends.  There were about 15 of us in the group.  I sat next to Megan from DC who was visiting her boyfriend here.  She is in a small group in DC that includes Betsy who is the daughter of very good friends of ours.  I have known Betsy's parents (Ed and Candice) since the mid 1970's from my Arizona State days.  Small world!

Earlier in the day, Kelly had us go with her to her workout class.  Ugh oh…
You have to figure that anything with 'Extreme' in the name is going to hurt a little.  Or a lot…
Pam and I survived.  We were out of breath a lot.  The real soreness didn't set in until the next day or two.  But it was fun and Pam and Kelly are going back for more.  Since I was the only guy besides Heath (the trainer) there, I decided I would stick to biking and walking and running…

In fact we all did some of that yesterday.  It was the 2nd Annual 'For The Love of Meghan Team' (Susan G. Komen) Run for the Cure here in Virginia Beach.  We ran to celebrate the life of Meghan, our daughter-in-law who succumbed to breast cancer 18 months ago at age 28.  She ran in a few of these and would be right there with Ricky and Nicos and Pam and Kelly and Lauren and Dan and Ryan J and Ryan H.
We ran to shake our fist at this deadly disease and to raise money and to remind ourselves to check regularly for breast cancer.  We saw a number of different messages during the day:  'Save the boobies', 'Check your tatas' etc.  Among my favorite is 'Squeeze.  And we ran to have fun.

We also ran for survivors Sue (my sister in law), and Barbara (friend from our Hawaii days), and Rebecca (friend from our Korea days) and Gill (next door neighbor in Fairfax).  All are doing well now.

It was a beautiful day for a walk or a run.
And we were off!

We are definitely enjoying it here in Virginia Beach.  The weather has been fairly warm (low 70's) and only a little rain.  We plan to be here until after Thanksgiving.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Until next time...


  1. So sorry about the loss of your young. I am just beginning the journey with br ca & am currently trying to decide what to do as far as treatment. Enjoy your stay at VA Beach.

  2. what a great way to spend a beautiful day...all dressed in pink!!

  3. My sister has had breast cancer twice, ten years apart, last time was 12 years ago and she is doing great now. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter-in-law. So many of us are affected by this directly or indirectly. Thank you for supporting this cause!

  4. my wife too has breast cancer now 5+ yrs out but we both really enjoyed our time in Norfolk...

  5. A great run for a great cause. Looks like you had a beautiful day for the run.

  6. Hi
    I am glad to see you two are still doing well and helping others as you always enjoying do.
    Your lives bring hope to many who see you or just read your blog.
    Keep on enjoying life and helping others along the way.
    Perhaps I will see you again in Tucson or Del Mar.
    You guys are great.

  7. What a great turn out and for such a good cause.

    Kevin and Ruth