Ride Em Cowboy!

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Virginia Beach KOA

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Friday, July 4, 2008

Clark woke up early to catch the sun rise at 5:53 am.  He told us it was as red as the sunset.  We all wanted to spend some time at the beach before leaving, as it was right out our back door.  So around 8:30 we headed for the shore line.  The water was cold.  It keeps getting colder and colder the closer we go North which is to be expected but it doesn't make it any easier to get in.  It wasn't just the temperature of the water that made it difficult to get in here, the surf was brutal.  It would sneak up and slam into the slope of the shore line right where all the seashells were.  It would pick them up and throw them at your ankles and then drag them across the tops of your feet with the undertow. OUCH!!!  We weren't expecting an exfoliation that morning, but we all got one.  Rusty got the boogie board out and was having a great time.  The way the surf was coming in allowed him to catch some pretty good rides.  Until Rusty was picked up and slammed into the shoreline where the sea shells were and drag across them on his side.  He came out screaming with some decent rug rash and we all decided we had had enough.  We went back to camp, showered, ate lunch and headed out to our new location. 

We stopped at the Bodoie Island light house, but were unable to climb it as it is not open to the public.  It is still in operation.  The kids were slightly disappointed, but we got a snap of it and sallied forth to Kitty Hawk.  Yes, this is the birthplace of flight made by the Wright brothers.  Ellen and Clark had conversation that when they learned about Orville and Wilbur it was never mentioned exactly where Kitty Hawk was.  The outer banks was the perfect spot atop Kill Devil Hill as it had the dunes of sand for soft landings, wind for flight and it was a secret mission and there wasn't really anyone out there to speak of.  We climbed atop Kill Devil  Hill where the 2 brothers made over 1,000 flights from.  It was pretty interesting and it had great views from the memorial that stands in honor and gratitude for their genius and fortitude. 
In route from the Outer Banks to Virginia Beach we had the experience of crossing a bridge that was a few miles long.  We've learned that that in itself is not so unusual, but,  the length of our wheelbase and the seams in the concrete bridge corresponded perfectly to give us a thrill ride!  Monica started to lurch and bounce much like riding a horse. Clark, with a grin from ear to ear and was thrusting himself about in the driver's seat, enjoying the horseback simulation. Riding a horse is fine but when it's 38 feet long, it becomes a different story! Wahoo! Ride 'em cowboy! Ellen and the kids had a different perspective however they were flying about and rolling in the isles just trying to stay upright and seated somewhere, anywhere.    

We arrived at KOA to find a line of campers down around the lane.  Yes, it was the 4th of July weekend!  It was absolute insanity the amount of traffic and it was all campers so it wasn't the easiest maneuvering.  We got to the sight and start setting up when we realized they put us in a 30 amp sight.  This won't due.  So Ellen went to sort things out.  She was told that there weren't any sights available except for the reservation still to come.  Guess what, we got moved to that sight.  Ellen went to go tell the kids, who were playing life size chess, that we moved sights and went to check it out so she could lead Clark to the right spot.  We started over with the RV and someone else had checked in and moved into our spot.  Ellen headed right over to the registration desk again....the woman who had helped her was at a loss and got the manager involved.  Unbeknownst to Ellen the other party had come in and were complaining that they were supposed to be there, they were making such a ruckus that the manager went to them first.  Their confirmation was for a 30 amp sight, so they had to move.  We waited patiently while the husbands (who were military got involved.)  The Griswalds prevailed and 2 hours later got to move onto their sight.  Ellen took on the Marines and (no surprise to Clark) she won!

The kids made a friend by the name of Ryan who is 14 years old with a mustache and helped them with their discrepancies in chess.  A referee of sorts.  Interesting person.  The kids played chess until dinner was ready and then we all retired as it had grown to be late and we had a big day the next day....the 4th of July 
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