We’ve been so busy that I didn’t realize it has been two weeks since we last posted!
We left Kiawah Island on June 17th and drove to Charleston, SC to drop my mom off at the airport. On the way we stopped at the Battery Park and let the boys run around for a while and then drove through the city a bit. Daniel and I had been there once before but never with the kids so it was nice to revisit and show them around.
From there we drove to Raleigh, NC for the night. We didn’t have any big plans for Raleigh but wanted to break the trip up a bit. We stayed in a Hampton Inn and let the boys swim at the hotel pool. They always want to swim but we usually arrive late to hotels and check out early. So this was a real treat for them.
The next morning we got up early and drove to Suffolk, VA to stay with our friends Andy and Molly, who recently moved there. They live on the water and have two children close in age with our youngest two. Our boys got to experience crabbing for the first time and got to fish off of the dock. Daniel even got to take a father’s day stand up paddle board tour with Andy.
While Daniel was working on Monday, Molly and I took the kids to the Virginia Living Museum. It felt like a zoo, aquarium and museum all in one, with a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits. We really enjoyed it and it was the first time we were able to take advantage of the science museum membership that my boys received for their birthdays. The membership is good at 300 museums in the US and Canada so we are looking forward to getting in free to many other museums this summer.
In Suffolk, my boys enjoyed the crabbing, the museum and playing with the kids, but by far their favorite part of this stop was playing with Bentley and Royce…the dogs! They have not stopped talking about getting a dog since then (not going to happen, but it’s a sweet thought).
On June 20th, we drove to Chincoteague Island, VA. We needed a stop between Suffolk and DC and we had a couple of friends recommend this place where wild horses run near the beach. We spent most of our two days here in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
At one end of the refuge there is a lighthouse and trails that can be hiked. We attempted this one morning and we were attacked by mosquitos the moment we stepped out of the car…HUGE swarming mosquitos. So we hopped back in the car and headed to the other end of the refuge where there is a beach. During the day the beach gets pretty crowded, but we were able to take a nice morning walk and found some cool shells. I always think it’s so cool how different the shells are from beach to beach. There were a lot of darker colored shells at this beach.
There are also a couple of visitor centers/museums in the park with information and hands-on exhibits and we stopped at these too.
In the middle of the park are two fields where you can pull off and if you are lucky, see wild horses walking around. We attempted to see them several times with no luck, but the last day in the park there were several really close to the road! Of course I didn’t have my good camera with me, but I was able to get this shot, and shoot a little video.
While we were in Chincoteague, we also celebrated Gideon’s 8th birthday. We started the day with some delicious donuts from Sandy Pony Donuts. Later that day I took the boys to the Chincoteague Pony Centre where they each got to ride a pony. This was the highlight of this stop for my boys.
Two days was PLENTY of time in Chincoteage for us. The ponies were cool, but there were so many mosquitos and chiggers that we now refer to the town as “Chiggerteague.”
Next up: Washington, DC!