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Our Little Getaway to Virginia

This past weekend, we took a little road trip to Virginia, specifically, the Virginia Beach area.  Although we had lots of plans of stuff we wanted to do, it turned out to be a lazy mini-vacation.

We researched a few different Virginia getaway spots, but wound up staying at a hotel in Chesapeake, VA. We chose Chesapeake because it is very close to Virginia Beach (about 15 minutes away) and not too far from Williamsburg.

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We visited the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach.


Komodo Dragon - Virginia Aquarium

Phil and Z.E.N. posing at the Virginia Aquarium

Z.E.N. and I posing at the Virginia Aquarium

colorful fish at the Virginia Aquarium

While at the aquarium, we went on a little boat excursion through the the Owls Creek Salt Marsh.

View from the boat - Owls Creek Salt Marsh

Z.E.N. at the front of the pontoon boat

Phil checking out the view

Me at the front of the pontoon boat

Turtle seen walking around at the Virgina Aquarium

Z.E.N. checking out the baby turtles at the Virginia Aquarium

Phil and Z.E.N. looking at the seals in the tank in front of the Virginia Aquarium

Other than that, we didn’t do much.  We did a little swimming, a little shopping and a lot of eating, but most of all, we did a lot of relaxing!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you travel?  Do you plan every second of your trip, or just go with the flow?

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    • The boat ride was very peaceful. We went pretty early in the day so it was not crowded. There were only 10 of us on board.

  • I like to plan at least one thing to do a day. And usually a 4 hour or half day adventure. We can always skip or change them – but we can also know what we want to do/see etc. when someplace new.

    • I actually planned something to do each day, but at the end, hubby said he just wanted to relax.

  • I love mini vacations! I think they’re less stressful to plan/pack for, and you end up enjoying them more.

    I love being able to crank the ac and sleep in; visit aquariums, zoos, and museums; and eat till I explode. lol 🙂

    • Agreed. Mini-vacations are less stressful. Seems like we like to do similar things while on vacation!

  • You have a beautiful family. We haven’t vacationed as a family yet, but plan to try to do so this summer. We’re hoping to go to the zoo and possibly CoSi which is a Kids Science museum. No planning to those beyond what time to leave, how much money we have (or don’t have lol) to spend, and when we’re coming back! 🙂

  • How fun! I always love getting a peak at other new places…. I wish I was able to travel more!

    • I do bring my netbook when I get away just in case I really need to reply to someone or if an emergency arises, but I try to stay off of the electronics too!