Monday, January 30, 2006

Birthday at Sam's Club...

We are parked behind the Sam's Club in Chesapeake, Virginia (map), near Norfolk.

Yesterday, we traversed the southern portion of the Delmarva peninsula and crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. When we did this same route last November, we then turned left through Virginia Beach, and stayed at the very pleasant First Landing State Park, right on the bay. Unfortunately, it is currently closed for the season, as are most camping opportunities in the area.

We opted for urban boondocking (big surprise, huh?) and chose this spot in the hopes there might be a nice restaurant in walking distance. While we have plenty of food on board, yesterday was my birthday and we wanted to go out for a nice dinner. As it turned out, the nicest of the several restaurants in this shopping center is merely a Texas Roadhouse, a casual chain we had yet to patronize. Any port in a storm, though, and they had great ribs, even though the peanut-shells-on-the-floor atmosphere was not exactly in keeping with the occasion.

Today we will continue south to the Outer Banks. We will end up in commercial parks there -- all the National Seashore campgrounds are closed for the season, and boondocking is not permitted in the few pockets of private land on the islands.

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