Andy’s Last Adventures in Virginia Beach

Andy has been very busy these past few weeks. Since my last post about his visit,  we went to Panera Bread for lunch where we made a new friend named Susan. You may know her from her blog, “Coming East.” I highly recommend her post, Stairstruck, which celebrates her lovely mountain vacation on a broken foot. (Please don’t tell her I told you about that.) She is a has character!

After that, we were on the road for the better part of a week for our granddaughter’s graduation. He loved the hotel stays, coffee in the room,

and a plush bed for sleeping.

He could barely contain himself when he learned we were going to visit the Sylvan Heights waterfowl park on the way home. 

He enjoyed the backyard with the birds and squirrels, helping my hubby create a new feeding station for them,

and playing hide and seek. He never did tell me how he got into the hanging basket!


A very dear family friend returned from vacation with a gift for us–salt water taffy! Now, why didn’t I think of that?

Andy arrived here from visiting Judith and Lotte in New Zealand with a stash of jelly beans to tide him over, so we knew he had a sweet tooth. I packed some taffy in his bag so he’ll have something to munch on his way to visit Beth Ann in Iowa. Be sure to subscribe to her blog if you want to keep up with Andy’s travels. I hear they’ll be going to China soon! It’s a good thing he kept company with our granddaughter. She probably taught him some Mandarin. That’s been her foreign language of choice, and she’s going to China in August. 

On Andy’s last day, we made one more trip to the beach. We didn’t stay long, a storm was rolling in; I’ll share those pictures with you tomorrow. 

If you would like to host Andy and show him some of your favorite places, contact his mom, Lenore Diane, to schedule a visit! Trust me,  you’ll hardly know he is around. He is the perfect house guest!

Andy’s Adventures Continue–in Southeast Virginia

I heard a light tap-tap-tapping at my door this morning. Wondering who would be stopping by so early, I fluffed my bedhead and tentatively opened the door to find a weary traveler. Andy the armadillo had arrived from his globe-trotting trip to New Zealand! Judith thoughtfully packed his favorite jelly beans to sustain him for the long journey.

It’s a stormy day here in Virginia Beach, the kind of day best spent snuggled under the covers. Since Andy has a good case of jet lag, I tucked him into bed to sleep it off, and tomorrow our adventures will begin. Oh, the places we’ll go! I’m hoping he can meet some of the famous bloggers that hail from our area. Please let me know if you’d like to make a date!

His family lives in Georgia; so far, he has visited Florida, Texas and New Zealand. Here’s a link to Andy’s travel journal:

Wednesday’s Storm Sept. 28, 2011

I picked a great day to run errands! When I left around 3:00 p.m., there was a chance of showers, and a possible thunderstorm. I checked the local radar and we seemed to be in the clear–of the initial wave. After my first stop, I noticed dark clouds moving in; and being a block away from a parking garage, I drove there to take pictures. 

Contrast of sky from left of building to right of building. (next two below)



The above picture was taken on the boulevard, a block east of the previous picture.

I picked up a prescription, then did some grocery shopping, and headed home. There was thunder and lightning in the vicinity, but no rain (or hail) as of yet. That didn’t last long! Visibility went from this:

To this:

The rain was coming so hard and fast (close to 5″ in 45 minutes) the streets were flooding. In 33 years, the street in front of our house has never flooded. I could see cars stalled in the road when I neared our block, so I made a U-turn and headed back the way I came. Side streets were flooded, so I pulled into a parking lot that wasn’t under water and waited. When the rain eased, I turned the car around, and saw this:

I still couldn’t get home, so I drove to a fast-food restaurant and waited for hubby to arrive. That’s where I saw this sunset:

When we finally made it home around 9:00 p.m., there were a couple of cars in our driveway that had been pushed off the road, waiting for tow trucks. On the other side of the street were three more stalled cars. The street was abuzz with neighbors, telling of trash cans floating down the street, rivers of water running from the backyards toward the street, and it being above-the-knee deep in the middle of the road.  

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…Isaiah 43:2a




The Cavalier on the Hill

As promised, I present to you our second stop, The Cavalier Hotel at Virginia Beach. We’ve lived in this area for over thirty years. The company I worked for in the 1990s held their annual Christmas party here; and yet, I had never taken the time to learn of its rich history. 

This hotel is informally known as The “Old” Cavalier. A new one was built in the 1970s, across Atlantic Avenue from the original, adjacent to the shore. The “old” one is still used during “high summer.”

During its early years, The Cavalier had its own train depot, and Norfolk & Western rails ran across the front of the property. The train is pictured in the slideshow at the above link. It also featured a hunt club and horse stables on the grounds, a golf course and clay tennis courts.

It is said to be the hotel that “made Virginia Beach famous.” It was built in 1927, and has been visited by five United States presidents, and many other dignitaries and celebrities. In 1929, the Beach Club was added, and many of the big bands of the era played this venue. During World War II, the Navy took over the hotel and held Radar Training School there. The hotel’s chefs were kept on staff, and school attendees ate quite well.  

Here’s another view:

Thanks for visiting!