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Our Virginia Beach Vacation

May 17, 2002 to May 26, 2002

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Monday, May 20, 2002
So, on day 4 we packed up and drove to Virginia Beach. It was still cool, but sunny, and still everybody was wearing long pants. We set up camp and let the kids ride their bikes. The Holiday Trav-L-Park campground in VB is huge with over 1100 sites. There was only about 150 campers in the whole campground, We had a campfire that night and went to bed with it still cold.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Day 5 was a little warmer but overcast/rainy. We were finally wearing shorts. We let the kids play around the campground and then we spent the afternoon at the the Virginia Marine Science Museum. We really enjoyed that and stayed until closing. They have Sharks, Sea Turtles and Seals in the main building with lots of hands on exhibits too. The highlight of the Museum was the Stingrays. They had a petting tank with about 30 of them with their stingers cut off. You can look it up at this address - There are a few pictures in the photo album at the end of this story. The evening was cool, and we discovered one of our propane tanks had gone empty. I switched over to the second tank, and I was unsure how full it was.

Blown Tire I-81 South near Exit 6

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
It was finally warm on day 6. Everyone in shorts. I attempted to get our propane tank filled but was told it was illegal to fill our tanks. A new Virginia law states that all tanks filled must have OPD (Over-fill Protection Devices). We went to the beach downtown off the main street in the morning. It was windy and cool. The kids didn't play much in the water and we left at lunch time for pizza in town. We went back to the campground and let the kids loose again. I finally convinced the maintenance man that we needed propane in case our other tank ran out. I told him we had a baby that needed to stay warm at night. He half filled it for me with 2 gallons of propane and warned me that nobody else in the state of Virginia would probably even do that.

Thursday, May 22, 2002
Day 7 was warmer. Our second propane tank ran dry...probably a leaking thread as it didn't seem right. We only had the 1/2 filled tank left. We went to the 1st Landing State Park Beach and the other family packed up and headed for the beach with us before heading home, as they wanted to be home for Saturday morning for the kids soccer. I switched my empty tank for their empty tank because they had OPD on their tanks and they were going to stay in a hotel on the way home and not use the trailer. It was now much warmer! We drove 20 miles in the city , each way to get the trailer's blown apart spare replaced for only $60US. (That's about $100 Canadian) We filled the propane tank for $10US (and never used it for the rest of the trip but we were really glad to have it. That night we had our last campfire.)

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