After the excitement and packed in conditions of the Nascar event at Richmond we were ready for some open space. Toni did a great job in finding First Landing State Park. Located pretty much right in Virginia Beach we had access to the town, but the
park itself is very secluded and nestled in the trees. There was access to the beach just a short walk from our campsite and tons of hiking and biking trails. The beagles were very happy to hit the trails and we wore them out. The bikes made their way out of the Jeep and saw quite a few miles as well. The area around the park as far as trails goes is
a forest with the occasional swamp thrown in for good measure. I believe we logged about 15 miles of each hiking and biking. The beach at the park was wide open, most times we had it to ourselves and best of all…totally dog friendly. Love being able to let the dogs run in the sand….although they mostly just seem to want to EAT the sand all
the time. Such is life with hound dogs I guess. We did venture into town a couple of times for “business” and pleasure. Toni handled to laundry and we stocked up on some needed supplies at Home Depot for my latest “home” improvement project. And of course, we had to see about some brews! We hit up Home Republic Brewpub. The selection of beers was pretty week, they only had three of their own, and two were not
really my for me. They did have a decent selection of local Virginia Beach area beers on tap, so it was sort of like visiting several all at once, that made it worth while. It also just so happens there was the BIGGEST “Life Is Good” store I have ever seen right next door to Home Republic. Toni likes to make fun of my jacket problem, but I think her “Life Is Good” problem may be even worse! She managed to shop for about two pints of beers time.
Both of us were pretty excited about the next spot we visited. Using our Escapees Days End resource, Toni managed to find us a spot it looked like we could actually boondock. Free camping has been pretty tough to come by out east. Could be our
inexperience, but it just seems most lands out east are just not open to free camping. After about a 1/4 mile down a decent gravel road the spot materialized and worked our great. It is in part of the E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area. It was basically just a nice open area just before a gated off entry into the main part of the WMA.
Pretty much total peace and quiet for a few days. It was turkey season and we had a couple of hunters come park near us and go out hunting, but that was about it. Only unfortunate part about the area was that all the paths and hiking was pretty much tall grass and there were ALOT of ticks. The puppies just got to relax at camp and only enjoyed some pretty sort walks up and down the gravel road for the duration of our
stay. Toni and I did do a little exploring and saw some cool wildlife, including a fox. The cost was having to constantly remove ticks from your pants and socks. The seclusion of the area was totally worth it and we had a great stay. Had some great flights with the Phantom as well while during our stay. I am trying to learn a little
more about how to get better video and planning more during the flights. I hope it will improve the quality of the videos I put out. If you have not seen all the videos, they are here and also on our Youtube channel. Check them out and let me know what you think, I would love some input on what could make them better. The most recent video from McDowell Nature Preserve is a mix of some new things I am trying. I managed, with Toni’s help and sacrifice of a badly pinched finger, to wrap up my little project. It was pretty involved, but we now have LED lights on the underside of our awning outside!! It is very exciting and the we LOVE having some great light out there. The whole 18′ run draws less than 3amps at 12volts when at 100% brightness and is totally dimmable. It involved some new wiring on the roof and re-opening an existing wire entry point through the roof, but we got it done. Still may tweak a little on the wiring, but for now we are very happy with the results.
Leaving our glorious free spot, we actually has one more planned. We did an overnight a 16 Mile Brewery in Delaware. It is part of the Harvest Host program, and one of the best stays yet. The staff was amazing and welcoming. Meet several great local folks and WOW, did they have some amazing beers. They had over 16 of their own beers on tap and a couple of local collaborations. Everything in my flight was amazing and the other pints I sampled were great as well. They had great wifi right at the bar, it made for a wonderful afternoon and evening. Filled a growler and purchased some bottles as well. We just LOVE the Harvest Host program and feel it is one of the best memberships we could possibly have. In the next few weeks we have another three HH stops planned on our continued journey up the coast.
Thats it for now, we are currently residing at Delaware Seashores State Park just on the outskirts of Rehoboth Beach and you may know what that means….. The next couple of days are all about Dogfish Head Brewery and Brewpub! Been looking forward to visiting them since we started our trip and the time is finally here.This entry was posted in Blog and tagged brewery, fulltime, gorving, harvesthosts, kuhl, nomadlife, rv, rvblog, rvlife by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.