As this is my third season as a full time RV’er, people asked me, “Where To” this season?
I can’t explain my attraction for the beach - any beach - all beaches. Soon, I may have a favorite, but not now. All I know is that I wanted to go there, to be there and stay near there, but when I get there, I don’t know what to do with it when I find it. The beach is an opportunity to touch something of the eternal of the planet Earth for it has always been here. You can’t put it in a jar or take it with you. You can’t dig a foundation or plant trees in it. In human life, you can only experience beach moments that quickly become memories of the past. Like the photos I take - frozen moments in time that will never be repeated. Even the deepest footprints in the sand will disappear with the returning waves of incoming tides. Such is life - without a grave marker to say I was here but once.
The first stop on my beach tour was Virginia Beach - home of Naval Air Station Oceana. I reserved a spot a the Holiday Trav-L-Park for the week, but could have parked it anywhere as November is hardly peak season. For future reference, the Air Station is right next door to this camp and FA-18s take-off and land frequently, but .. that’s the way it is. This park has nearly 700 RV and text sites, so as you can imagine this is a busy place in-season. I was assigned a spot and settled in before I did a walk-around and take a few photos. The air had a chill about it, but it wasn’t exactly cold.
|The fishing pier at Virginia Beach - closed for the season, but makes a great place for seagulls to roost.|
|My campsite at Trav-L-Park right next door to Oceana NAS.|
|This nice little water feature entices guests into the Trav-L-Park. The ducks are decoys.|
|The Roman God Neptune of the Seas welcomes all to the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach.|
|From the Military Aviation Museum, this 3/4 scale French Newport XI is painted in Stork Squadron of Lafayette Escadrille.|
|Santa takes the helm at PirateLand Beach RV Camp.|
|My camp was under a tree. No campfires and too cold to sit outside and lounge around.|
|You can see the ledge in the sand created by the high water line of the incoming tides.|
|Incoming tides at Sunset are a powerful vision for me. The salt-sea breeze seemed cleansing.|
|Along the Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach is Pier 14 - a fishing pier with a restaurant.|
|Arranged similarly to a carnival complete with Ferris Wheel and other rides, MB had something for every tourist.|
|Every Hard Rock Cafe has its own collection of Rock Memorabilia.|
|Seeing King Kong on a building along the highway for the first time, gave me a start, to be sure.|
This was my second trip to Daytona Beach - third if you count and overnight stay and 4-hours on the beach behind the hotel. I was on my way home from a Glamour Photo Shoot and needed rest. I don’t count that one, although I did get a DB rain parka there - just because I swore off buying coffee mugs and stuff. I figured I could actually use the parka. So, since I had been here a couple of years ago, I decided to stay at the same camp I had before - Nova Family Campground in Port Orange.
|Site #99 at Nova Family Campground in Port Orange, near Daytona.|
|The lifeguard stayed bundled-up as tourists braved the ocean and breezes.|
|White-capped waves and a stout breeze along Daytona Beach boardwalk.|
|Young surfer catches large.|
This area was originally planned to be yet another stop-over on my Beach Tour for the season, but there is so much to do in this area that I actually dismissed all my future soft-plans and remained in the Titusville area for four months. During that time, I was able to explore several area beaches, visit an Air Show & Museum, a Nature Preserve, the Police Hall of Fame, visit the Kennedy Space Center and view several space launches from Cape Canaveral. I came for the beach and stayed for many other reasons. The campground was comfortable enough, there was a Sam’s Club, Camping World and numerous grocery outlets nearby. There was even a small family-owned Italian restaurant within walking distance of camp. Actually, I surprised myself at staying so long as it was not the original plan.
|The entrance to Cocoa Beach Pier from the parking area.|
|You could rent an umbrella and beach chairs or bring your own. It's tourist season.|
|Young surfer braves the waves near the pier.|
|Cocoa Beach Pier as the light begins to fade.|
|This is the north side of the pier and surfers still try the waves.|
|Very near my last shot of the day from the pier watch the die-hard surfers.|