Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A 2010 Christmas To Remember

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It was a great Christmas for us here in Virginia!  We had a momentous time with our Habitat friends last Wednesday (more in another post) that got the vacation/holiday time-off mood going.  I love the time of the year when everyone says 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy Holidays'.  There is just something special about people wishing everyone well.  It is infectious.  Kind of like smiling...when you smile, other people smile back.

So we had a nice time at Habitat and Adam arrived at Kelly's house in Norfolk on Thursday.  They came out to the campground and we had a nice dinner at Pam's Roadrunner Kitchen along with a couple of Kelly's friends (Nikos and Josh) who stopped by.

Then we went down to the Holiday Light display on the Boardwalk and ran into a massive traffic jam.  That was a bad idea.  We settled for some ice cream at Chick Filet.  That was a good idea.  Something wonderful about a brownie ala mode...

On Christmas Eve Day we got together again and went to the Christmas Eve service.   We went over to Niko's and Rickie's house and watched a movie and then came home to bed at a decent hour.

On Christmas, we left the campground and got to Kelly's house about 8:45 am.
Then we had one of the most memorable Christmas dinners in recent history.  One of the guys who has worked at Starbucks for a long time invited us over for a pot luck lunch.
It was a really good idea.  Lots of food, friends and fellowship.  There was food galore:  turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, green bean casserole, raspberry pie, etc..
After we ate we all sat and chatted a while.  We had about 20 people and there must have been another 10 who took the offer for a free Christmas dinner.

Next, we went back to the campground and hung around for the rest of the day.  Then the snow started.
And it kept coming.  Kelly and Adam made it back to her place before it got too bad.  And then the day after Christmas they drove over from Norfolk in Adam's Pathfinder.  That was a little dicey.  And it snowed some more.  We even went down to the beach to get some pictures.
 I changed the lens settings and we had a blue Christmas too...
And I monitored the tanks and had to dump the black and grey but it was no problem.
The white beaches of Florida Virginia
The drifts were pretty deep at times.  I would have never in a million years expected us to be in snow 7 or 8 inches deep in the Roadrunner!  Yet we were and just enjoyed it.  We learned how to keep warm with our 30 amp campsite.  

Monday came and went and the roads in the Virginia Beach area were a mess.  We took Kelly over to her house and the main highways were mostly clear but still had some ice and snow.  Meanwhile, Adam drove back to Brooklyn and made it the whole way safely.
We cleared off her porch and returned to our campsite while it was still warm and before it got cold for the night.

We missed our departure day (we had planned on leaving Virginia Beach on Monday) and watched the snow melt a lot.  We ventured out and returned a Christmas gift and were encouraged by how much the snow and ice had melted off the roads.  The sun was out all day and it got up to 40 degrees.

Pam did a last load of laundry and then we took a short walk on the beach.
We look forward to hearing from you and want to thank the many folks who have posted comments over the past few days.  It was very nice to hear from you.

Thank you for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles and hope you are enjoying the holidays.  Happy New Year!


  1. Randy, your Christmas story was very well done and your snowy pictures around the entire area were amazing. I also thought that the picture of you and Pam on the beach was really good.


  2. Well I think that is the first time I've seen snow at the beach! I don't remember seeing it even in pictures. It's beautiful but I'm glad I'm not there. Glad you stayed nice and warm!

  3. Amazing pictures....those beach pictures with snow look like they were taken in a different world...neat@

  4. Loved the photos... Great job taking them. Looks like it was a wonderful time for you all and what scenery... a little different from your California Christmas... That was a bit warmer. ;-D

    Have a very Happy New Year!

  5. That definitely looks like a Christmas to remember. Amazing! Beautiful, but it is definitely time to head to warmer weather - but where is it? 27 in Central Florida today (70's for the rest of the week though)

  6. I particularly like the pic with the lights reflecting in the window. Snowy Christmas; better you than me! :)

  7. Are you sure those aren't sandy white beach photos?

    Enjoy, it will all melt soon.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  8. great snow shots, Randy! the ones at the beach...snow and blue sky is perfection in my books!!
    just one quick question..about your slides and the toppers? you just brush off the snow every day or roll the slides in??

  9. Wow! We are so happy to hear that you are doing ok. Now you can add a blizzard to your full time adventures. The pictures of the two of you on the beach is great. Keep warm and we hope you can leave soon to warmer weather.

  10. Like everyone else, I just LOVE the photos with snow on the beach. Looks like you had a truly wonderful Christmas this year. Loved all the other photos of friends and family and fun.

  11. Your pictures of the snow are magnificent. I like the fact that you can look positively at things (like snowstorms) that others find disturbing. Glad you were able to keep warm!

  12. Boy, did you ever have a white Christmas! At least you were parked and could postpone the driving until after the roads were clear. It sounds like you had a really nice Christmas with both of your kids and some friends. Hope you find yourself in someplace warmer and drier soon to ring in the New Year!

  13. Glad you had a white Christmas, but it really didn't need to be that white! It is still really brown down here in the desert! lol

    The motorhome seems to be doing a good job of keeping your family warm and snug.

    Rod and Loyce

  14. Looks like a great Xmas for you all!! That snow shows up sometimes where you least expect it!!!!! Great photos!

  15. Great pictures Randy, I really liked the ones on the beach - the snow beach! Looks like you all had a very memorable Christmas.

  16. Great pics...I am living vicariously throughout you watching your amazing life adventure! It would be my dream to do this. Thanks for another great post!

  17. Snow at the beach ... that's a first for me. Fairfax escaped this round, but it's still early in the season.

  18. Wow! That's a lot of snow! Glad you are making the best of it and enjoying the holidays :) Great pictures!

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