|Sitting at the entrance to the Chesapeake|
Then we saw the traffic. Hours and hours and hours over the Tappan Zee. Would we ever make it?
Come 2:00 a.m., that was just what we did. In time for the b.f.'s grandmother to kiss us hello on the cheek and tuck is into the makeshift beds on the couch. The kiss was all we needed evaporate any lingering traffic-related PTSD. Grandmothers are awesome.
NORFOLK, Va. -
A rather historically impressive place, to be honest. On day one of our Thanksgiving vacation adventure, we went to downtown Norfolk, visiting MacArthur Center and the MacArthur Museum.
The Macarthur Museum (in honor of 5-star General Douglas MacArthur) was more detailed than the Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. Entering the domed memorial, I was awestruck by the poignancy of his speeches, etched into the wall. He happened to live through almost every significant event in 20th Century U.S. history. Married twice, notoriously strong-willed and difficult to work with, but an advocate of peace and anti-imperialistic policies....MacArthur was a man of contradictions, and the museum went to great lengths to portray it. His second wife was originally from Norfolk, so the man's Army vehicle, flags, pictures, uniforms, and more are housed in the museum, each with lengthy histories. Impressive!
A quick getaway to Virginia Beach on Thanksgiving also made my day. The empty beach front was cold but filled with that beach town zen. Starbucks was the only cafe open...so a white chocolate mocha was a must. (Stuffing myself with turkey, sweet potatoes, and pie was a nice follow-up.) Perhaps the sight-seeing highlight of my weekend was on the way back from Virginia Beach, gazing at the entrance to the Chesapeake. Large ships entering the passageways created by the two underwater tunnels covering the bridge that connects Norfolk to the Eastern Shore...it was breathtaking. Sunshine didn't hurt, either.
But in the end? Great conversations and company were the best part. More than the place, it's always about the people. And it doesn't take a magical Thanksgiving weekend to know that...though, of course, it always helps.
|Ships cruising into the Chesapeake|
|The MacArthur Memorial (photo not mine)|