Visiting Friends in Virginia

Trip Start May 01, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We were planning to continue our drive south west on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which extends some 469 miles thru the mountains to the  Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge start at the end of the Skyline drive. HOWEVER....

We had just managed to get in touch with some great friends of ours from the middle east...... they have just relocated (and by that I mean they arrived last week) to Virginia, Di and Eddie West, plus the 2 kiddies Noah and Madeline. They are starting new jobs, looking for a house, cars, schools, day care all while living in a hotel. So we decided this would obviously be the best time to visit!!! 

We arrived on Tuesday afternoon and found a state park right in the middle of Hampton that had a few places for motor homes. It was amazingly cheap at $10 a night. After we had finished setting up we realized that right beside us was a soccer pitch, the reason we noticed was because about 200 little kids and there mums arrived on mass for an 1 hour worth of matches...... so people really do use city parks!

Di had to go to Washington on Wednesday so instead of trying to fit a visit in we decided to drive out to the Outer Banks, a long string of islands and sandbars in the Atlantic. this is where the Wright brothers did all there experimental flights and finally managed to do controlled powered flights. We  visited the museum and national monument dedicated to them.

On Thursday we met with Eddie and the kids after Eddie finished work and spent the evening catching up.

Friday we decided to go to Busch Gardens, the theme park belonging to Anhieser Busch the Brewery. It was the first day of the Howl-o-scream festival they have every year in honour of Halloween. We had a great day!! The park was empty and we did not have to queue for any rides, we literally got off the ride walked around and got back on!!  We did every roller coaster at least 5 times, trying out front and back to see which was better....  In the evening the Howl-o-scream stuff came to life as it got dark, they had made so great attractions which were extremely funny and very well done. Also the roller coaster were all open until 10pm so we tried riding the coasters in the dark too!!  And yes it is alot more fun at night when you have no idea where you are going!!!! 

Di got back from Washington on Friday evening so we had saturday together. They showed us the new house they are about to close on, its in a lovely neighbor hood in Yorktown. A 5 bedroom colonial style which is very nice and they can grow into it. The sooner the better.... living out of suitcases in a hotel with kids is not easy and Di and Eddie are making the best of it. Toby took Eddie to look at some cars and get an idea what they can get in their budget. We also took the kiddies to the park, where Noah ran us ragged in the Fort Fun.  We were really happy to see them all and catch up during the huge move back to the states. Di, Eddie, Noah and Maddie we love you... good luck with getting set up and we will see you real soon!!

And now we are heading back across Virginia to pick up where we left off!!
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