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Our Virginia Beach Vacation

May 17, 2002 to May 26, 2002

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Saturday, May 18, 2002
So, on day 2 we drove to Luray, Virginia(which should be warm this far south). Our brakes were starting to make noises even while driving, indicating low pads. We thought we would get them looked at if they seemed to get worse. We arrived in Luray around diner time and met up with the other family as they had arrived about 20 minutes ahead of us at "Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp". There were not very many campers as this was the weekend before the American Memorial Day Weekend. Jellystone is a great campsite with mini-golf, paddle boats, lots of open space and a water-slide not yet opened for the year. That night was very cold. Our propane heater ran most of the night as we needed to keep the baby warm while sleeping. During our first night, one of the kids threw up all over his pillow and his brother's head. (His brother didn't even wake up!) Luckily this campground had good laundry and shower facilities.


Sunday, May 19, 2002
On day 3 we went to the Luray Caverns. They were really neat! You can look them up on the internet at this link http://www.luraycaverns.com/. There are a couple pictures of the caverns in our photo album at the end of the story. The Caverns are a 1.25 mile walk underground and really spectacular. Also, while at the Caverns stop, we did a Garden Maze. I joked on the way in that the guy selling tickets would come and find us if we weren't out by closing time. He laughed and said that he would come looking for us if we weren't out in 1 hour as it normally took 20-30 minutes to find the four checkpoints to stamp our cards and then find our way out. In our typical fashion, we were in there for almost and hour and a half. As we entered, Tim bolted ahead with Eric. Joanne and Sam took off their way and Grace and I just kinda wandered. Our biggest problem was trying to all get together to leave. It was easy to get lost, but very difficult to try and locate each other. Several of us got slight sunburns on our faces and necks from wandering for so long....oooops!

That night seemed to get even colder. The heater didn't shut off all night that we knew of. When I got up in the morning, the frost was as thick as I have ever seen on the picnic table. I wrote the word "COLD" on the table and took a picture. That day we stayed at the campsite and played Mini-Golf and the kids played on the play structures. We had decided we needed a break already, and stayed for another night and left on day 4.

Heavy Frost

Then that night it got even colder. The heater didn't shut off all night that we knew of...When I got up in the morning the frost was as thick as I have ever seen on the picnic table. I wrote the word "COLD" on the table and took a picture We played Mini-Golf and the kids played on the play structures. We needed a break. So we stayed a second night and left on day 5.




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