Fall is quickly approaching so this weekend Bob and I decided to go on an impromptu visit to the beach. The question was, where? Ocean City, NJ and Ocean City, MD are not dog friendly until October 1st. We first planned for Kitty Hawk, NC, but wanted something closer and where dog friendly finds were not as sparse. Luckily, after Labor Day Virginia Beach becomes dog friendly. Norfolk Airport, ORF, also offers some cheap rental cars. We had visited VA Beach before, but this was our first time with Turbo the Flying Dog. Yes, my dog has a Facebook page...
We headed to the airport and Turbo hopped in the plane, ready to fall asleep and wake up somewhere new. We departed, and got our code to transfer through the SFRA following the VFR corridor between VPONX and VPOOP (poop!) intersections. An hour and a half later, we were passing over some boat races then soon aircraft carriers and other large ships. I manned the whole flight down and took the (slightly hard) landing. Landmark at ORF is undergoing a huge renovation and were currently in a makeshift trailer. We checked in, used the powder room, then were shuttled to our rental car to enjoy a day at the beach.
We dined at Ammos Greek Cusine for lunch which was right on the boardwalk with a great view of the fishing pier. I love Greek, this place did not disappoint, they even brought water out for Turbo. Once our stomach's were full, it was time to lounge out on the beach and play in the water. The windy day caused a chill in the air while sitting in the shade, but we were quickly warmed up in the sun. The water was really warm, too! As an added bonus, several military aircraft flew over throughout the day, including F35s and a V22! As we got antsy, we buried Turbo (a tradition), walked the length of the boardwalk, got some ice cream and re positioned our blanket for renewed people watching and some reading.
Soon, we were watching the sun set, and went over to Atlantic Ave for dinner at Giovanni's then headed over to the dog friendly Hampton Inn. There, we started a new tradition of burying Turbo in the pillows. Our home is so quiet at night, it takes Turbo a bit to get used to the hustle and bustle at hotels, but he did really great this weekend which meant a decent night's sleep and even a bit of sleeping in!
Still, brunch at Cafe M came all too soon and before we knew it, the rental car was returned and we were packing up the airplane. The air had warmed up quickly, so I rolled up my jeans (they look really cute that way, by the way) before hopping in the Glasair and Turbo following right after me.
The flight home was easy, Bob flew as I watched more boat races below. The SFRA was a breeze and we even received a Class Bravo clearance. The flight was easy and uneventful until we hit a bird on final. Luckily, after shutdown we discovered that no bird parts were in the intake, but the bottom cowling, the wing and the tail needed some washing.
Turbo slept the whole car ride home and I admit, I was ready for a nap, too! Just another fun adventure for Turbo the Flying Dog and the pilots that spoil him! If you want to see more photos from VA Beach from this year's and last year's trip, check them out here.