From Bedrock To Beaches


This is where our trip started.

We usually go to OBX for vacation. Dirt Man and I decided to do something different this year. We’re calling it our “Bedrock to Beach” week. We started off in the mountains with two full days of R&R. The deal was that we were going to be unplugged, as in NO internet or cell phone…however, we barely got through the first day and I caught Dirt Man on Facebook. YES. I. DID! He caved immediately and then retreated until Tuesday night and was off again until Friday. I admit I checked my emails, FB, and blog accounts AFTER I caught him….you know I had to win, didn’t you?!

We hiked Crabtree Falls and poked around our river property below there. We explored some bridges and took some great pictures. We scoured the creeks and woods where I grew up. We returned Wylie (our dog) and headed for Tangier Island. When we left there, on a whim, we checked out Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. We did a tremendous (in my humble opinion!) amount of hiking, climbing, biking and kayaking. Whether or not it was conscious, Dirt Man constantly challenged my stamina and sanity…and we both made it back ALIVE! Seriously, we had a great time.

I have many stories to tell and pictures to display. I haven’t decided whether to write this series in chronological order or to just throw them out there. We all know that no matter how much planning I do, I usually end up just winging it anyway. Some of what I write will probably branch into pieces of their own. An example is some really awesome bridge photos I took for a photo essay. Each of these bridges has so much detail and back history that I will later write about each one after I post my collective essay.

And then there is the food. Now, you better believe that much of our trip was focused on food. Now, that’s a big surprise, huh?!

We met some wonderful and interesting people, saw some amazing sights, learned quite a bit of Virginia history, and exercised muscles I had no idea I owned! As always with vacation, it will take me another week to recover. We should have scheduled the R&R for the end of the vacation…next time I’ll know!

This is the amazing sunset we witnessed from the bridge on the way home!


On another note, I recieved this award from rhythmofmysoul, Jingle, Heartspell, Dragonfliesandgoosebumps, and Joanny. I am honored with all this blog love from my fellow poet friends. Each of these poets is simply amazing; please pay them a visit.

This one also comes from Joanny at The Dowser’s Daughter. The rules for the pink award is to name seven things about myself and pass on to ten bloggers. I am still very tired and playing catch up from vacation, so my brain is too frazzled to narrow it down to just ten people. I would be more than honored if you are reading this if you will just grab is yours to post, pass on…no strings attached except to name your seven things. And you’re welcome to take the second one as well.

My seven things:

1. I love pretty shoes…yet I prefer to be barefoot!

2. I enjoy watching the sun set much more than watching it rise.

3. I am comforted by water…even more so by rivers than the ocean.

4. I love rocks, but I no longer collect them. I think every stone has a story, and it’s interesting to imagine where it has been and how it eveolved into it’s current shape etc…

5. If I had to choose between flowers and trees, I’d pick trees.

6. I tend to think my dog is just a furry little person…and she thinks so, too!

7. I can’t whistle except with a blade of grass between my thumbs.

29 thoughts on “From Bedrock To Beaches

  1. hey there! welcome back! look forward to hearing all about it…of course your dog is a furry little person…smiles.

  2. Both dogs and the cat know for sure they’re people. And very special, favored people.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation – as it should be. I look forward to hearing more.

  3. Cracked up when I read that Dirt Man broke down first. And that you caught him! They talk a tough game, but those guys love their social media, too. 😉

  4. Loved both pics and can’t wait to see/hear more. And as for the 7 things… you can definitely tell we are sisters. You could have written those about me as well. 🙂

    Glas you back even if you’re aren’t rested. I’ll be in VA next week doing some leg work for the BIG anniversary party.

  5. What fun.

    We have been OBXing for years and will probably be ready for a detour when the kids get older. Sounds like we could copy your adventure and do just fine.

  6. Sounds like a great vacation! The photo is beautiful! Couldn’t agree more about the vacation recovery time. I’m still trying to perk up from my weekend trip to Houston.

  7. I envy you for your vacation .. life is not going to allow me to get away this summer. I look forward to your pictures, it sounds like a trip I would have enjoyed very much.
    Similar to one of my favorites … North Shore of Lake Superior water fall hiking by day (there are so many) and quiet times by the lake and great food at night … and I did not mind all those sore, forgotten muscles, either.

  8. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay…you’re back!

    OMG…I died laughing when I read about you guys caving in a using the Internet because I would have been the SAME WAY, no doubt about it.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time because you were able to get in R&R, hiking, climbing, biking, kayaking. PLUS, some time on the Internet!

    Great photos, Suzie. Love the sunset!

    Can’t wait to read and see more.

    Hope you’re enjoying a super Sunday…X

  9. Those are amazing pictures Suzicate! And congratulations on the award 🙂 I love being barefoot, it makes me feel so free.

  10. Beautiful photos! That sunset looks incredible. And I’m impressed – wifi in the mountains?! We must be talking cellphone 3G stuff here or else some bears have gotten some electricity and pipes in their caves :P.

    I’m glad you had a good week and I can’t wait to hear about it!

  11. Glad you both had such a good time and Congrats on the awards.

    I look forward to reading more about your trip and just want to say that just winging it sometimes creates the best posts 🙂

    Welcome Back

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