Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel System

Even though the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is exactly that, a bridge and tunnel system to get you where you want to go, it can certainly qualify as a great attraction.  According to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel website, shortly after the opening of the bridge-tunnel system, it was selected as “one of the Seven  Engineering  Wonders of the Modern World.”  The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel system is just one of many in this area but it is considered the world’s largest bridge and tunnel system.  It just seems to go on and on and on!

Two bridges, two tunnels, causeways, roads leading up to the bridge and four manmade islands all make up the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel system.  From one shore to the other, the system measures 17.6 miles.  The water depth ranges from 25 feet to 100 feet!  It is not only a convenient way to get to the Eastern Shore from Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, but it will also fascinate the kids.  Just when you think you have reached the end, you come up on another man made island.  When you stand on one of the islands in the middle of the bay, we could not see the ends of the bridge. 

This picture was taken with my 75-300 lens from one man made island.  I zoomed in as close as possible to snap the picture of the next island.

The turn offs to park on the islands and walk around come up quickly (right before the tunnel begins if I am remembering correctly) so if you are planning on stopping, be sure to pay attention and slow down.  On one of the islands, there is a restaurant that was being renovated when we were there and also a fishing pier that was packed to the brim with fishermen! 

There are signs that describe a little bit of the history of the bridge and the Naval history from that area. 

There are lookout binoculars and it is worth the 25 cents. 

They also support a birding program and the website lists many of the different birds that you might see.  You will see ships galore.

The toll to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel System is 12.00 per car and goes up from there. 

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Summer Vacation Memories – Exploring Pensacola!

This summer we went to some pretty cool places!  We got to go to San Antonio where we visited the Zoo, the missions, some parks, and ate some of the best Tex-Mex we have ever had!  We got to stay at a water park resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.  After that, we headed up to Virginia where we explored the Eastern Shore with family.  When we were back in Pensacola we didn’t just sit around.  We explored lots of Pensacola and had so much fun doing it! 

We went to the new community pool where the kids went down slides and splashed in the awesome zero entry pool.  We were so excited to hear about a new cupcake store that opened called Oh Snap! Cupcakes.  We went on opening day and had some yummy cupcakes and can’t wait to try some of the new flavors!  We explored some new parks around our area and kept cool with lots of ice cream.  We visited the zoo at Gulf Shores and the kids loved the kangaroos.  We took advantage of the free entrance day for Florida State Parks!  We watched the Blue Angels practice their acrobatics and we picked soooooo many blueberries that I am praying for non stop power to my freezer during this hurricane season! 

We have been in school for two weeks now and just had our first three day weekend.  I am looking forward to catching up on all the blogging from our summer vacations over the next few weeks and I can’t read about all of your trips!

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Goodbye, Summer!

In summer, the song sings itself.

~William Carlos Williams

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Today marks the last day of summer.  Big S is back in school bright and early Monday morning (we aren’t counting the weekend because, well, weekends don’t count!).  He is so very excited.  We met his teacher and saw his new classroom this morning and he can’t wait for school to start.  Sending him to first grade is much easier than sending him to Kindergarten last year.  He is such a big guy and seems ready to navigate his little world.  It is time to get back into a daily routine, plan weekend adventures and start deciding where we will go for Fall break!

So today we say goodbye to summer.  Summer–you have been very good to us and we can’t wait to see you again next year!

The following pictures were taken on our road trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia.  The kids were so excited to put their toes in the Atlantic and weren’t the least bit discouraged when they discovered the Atlantic Ocean is many degrees colder than our cozy, warm, bathwater-esque Gulf Coast.  I just love these pictures of them playing at the beach on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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Of all the pictures taken of my husband and I this summer, this my favorite:

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Steamers – Chincoteague Island, Virginia

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You have got to love a restaurant that has brown paper on the table and a full sized trash can next to it! 

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We chose Steamers on Chincoteague Island because it was within walking distance of our hotel, looked family friendly and boasted lots and lots of delicious seafood.  The restaurant was noisy and perfect for our group of nine.  If you can think of the seafood, they probably have it grilled or fried!  The kids were amazed by the All-You-Can-Eat trays that were coming out of the kitchen.  If you order all you can eat crabs, shrimp, etc, it all comes out on a cafeteria tray!  If you don’t like seafood, don’t worry because they also serve chicken, steak and seafood.  The sweet potato biscuits that come out as soon as you sit down are so tasty and sweet.  I am on a search to replicate the recipe.

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The clam chowder was good but the shrimp was absolutely delicious.  And yes…that is a bowl of butter sitting on top of it.

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We loved the fried scallops and oysters!  And the hush puppies…YUM!

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The prices are on the high side but are still reasonable.  We loved the restaurant so much that after a failed attempt to eat at another restaurant in town the next day, we headed straight back to Steamers!

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Chincoteague Island Family Vacation