Veteran’s Day Weekend – Nov. 11-12, 2012
We are at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach Virginia, right at Cape Henry on the Chesapeake Bay.
If you are looking for a state park with one lane roads that have 90 degree turns and require a lot of tree brushing to maneuver, then, this park is for you. Because it was off season, only G loop was open and there were only a few sites big enough for us. I had made a reservation but had not been told there would be limited space or that there was no dump station that was functioning. The map of the campground was very misleading as to what sites were located in the G loop. As a result, Bob had to do a little pruning in order to back our rig into what was a huge site but uphill and incredibly narrow. Could barely get the slides out but behind the parking area (sand) was a large area for a table and fire ring.
All of those negatives said, the park really is a nice one; especially for smaller RVs and trailers. There are full hookups and showers. The campground was on the Bay while, across Shore Blvd there was a separate hiking/multiuse area with paved bike/hike trails and separate hiking only trails. There were walkways to the Bay in the campground and a large sandy beach. However, the view across the bay was of tanker after tanker sitting waiting to be unloaded or loaded. In the distance, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was visible. There was also another section of the park located off 64th street in Virginia Beach that had additional hiking trails and a very nice boat ramp area that fronted the Broad Bay.
We walked on the beach on Sunday and had a nice campfire- first of the trip! It was actually pretty chilly as soon as the sun went down – we are spoiled! The trees here are just turning colors. On Monday, Veterans Day, after appropriately thanking my Marine for his service, domestic and foreign, we drove to Owl Creek and launched the kayaks as it was about 65 degrees and sunny. There was a cool wind blowing but the area was sheltered. The launch area shares a parking lot with the Virginia Beach Marine Science Center and Aquarium. Rudee Inlet goes right to the Atlantic and back inland through salt marshes. We paddled past enormous and beautiful homes with equally enormous and beautiful yachts moored alongside. Marina Condominiums lined the banks of the inlet; some with views not only of the inlet waters but to the ocean. We kayaked to the ocean but did not enter given our unfamiliarity with the tidal and wind conditions. No sense getting washed out to sea.
Inland, it was salt marsh with assorted birds visible such as osprey, herons, belted kingfishers and the everpresent vultures. Upon returning to the campground, we collected Dixie and walked on the beach again. Was really surprised to see so may pelicans this far north. Saw no damage in Virginia Beach from Hurricane Sandy. Apparently, they had a lot of rain and some wind but little flooding. Had another great fire and got ready to move north.