For Memorial Day, six of us got together for a mini-family reunion at Sandbridge. We hung out, ate a little too much, told family stories, talked some politics and world affairs, enjoyed some crazy U-Tube videos, went to a Norfolk Tides game, and enjoyed lots of quality time in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean. We also remembered our sister / sister-in-law / mother / mother-in-law Ann, gone way too soon a year ago May 30, and put some of her ashes in the Atlantic.
On Sunday (May 27), my brother, sister-in-law, and I took a stroll in the remote and wild False Cape State Park. We rode the "Blue Goose" tram in and out, and had about 2.5 hours in the park to explore the beach, hunt for shells, and just enjoy being outdoors. The tram ride costs $8 but saves nearly nine miles of walking, as one cannot drive to the park. It is accessible by foot, bicycle, or canoe / kayak, and thus has to be one of the most remote beaches on the US Atlantic Coast.
On the tram ride in, there was a naturalist who explained something about the area and history. We saw some wildlife on the way in, especially egrets and turtles out of the water to nest. But the driver tended not to stop, so it was more transportation than interpretive activities. We also got to see the fairly new visitor center at the park, which is really nice. Some day, I would like to hike in here with a backpack and camp out, sleeping by the sea while hearing the surf. So I scoped out a few campsites while we walked the 3/4 mile to the beach. I'll save that for a time when the biting insects are less active.
We didn't see any wildlife - well, at least not anything that didn't want to drink our blood - on the walk in and back, but we did see some creatures on the beach as we walked about a mile or so south on the beach. We picked up trash, and collected some shells. There are a lot more shells here because so few people visit this place. Here are some photos.
The Blue Goose continues on after dropping us off to explore on our own.
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