Beach Weekend 2014

Every year I pack a suitcase and head to Virginia Beach for a long weekend with some of my closest friends.  It’s always a much-needed respite from family and farm responsibilities, and it’s wonderful to have my meals brought to me for a few days!

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Unfortunately, it rained much of the time we were there this year, but we did manage to take part in our yearly Stand-Up Paddle Boarding tour and spend a little time on the beach before retiring indoors.  Besides, just being out with your besties makes everything better!  I’ve known for quite a long time how important it is to find your tribe, and it means so much in my life that I have found mine.

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That’s Elizabeth and Gabi under the blue umbrella.  It definitely came in handy for the smaller rain showers (I took this from the balcony of our room; those ladies are early risers. Me? Not so much when I don’t have to worry about feeding the animals!)

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The theme of our weekend was “Looking on the bright side”, since I had just lost Jerry and we were essentially rained out.  Gabi showed us how to have fun walking to dinner in the rain with crappy ponchos. 08.05.14e

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The bright side of rainy beach days?  No crowds!

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The morning before we left there was a pod of dolphins just offshore.  It was hard to get any pictures from where I was, but it was such a wonderful and calming sight to behold.

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As every year, the time goes by far too fast.  The ocean is such a calming and recharging force, I wish I could spend more time there throughout the year.

Thankfully I have my friends close by, even if we aren’t always in a swanky hotel room overlooking the beach!

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