What an amazingly incredibly wonderful trip!
Eric and I went camping to celebrate the Summer Solstice. He had class Saturday morning, so while he was at class I spent the morning getting the food all ready and everything all packed up. When he got home we packed up and headed out. It started to look like it might rain, but we were lucky and it didn’t rain on us at all the entire night! We had a spectacular full moon, a supermoon in fact!
This was the first time we had ever camped at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. It is as close as you can get to camping on the beach, I think. We checked in and drove around to find the perfect spot. Reservations are not site specific so they tell you what area has openings and you go find what you want, and claim it. The majority of the sites were already booked up since I believe it was a sold out weekend, but we ended up finding a great spot. And we got lucky enough to have the campsite beside us vacant so it helped to feel a little more secluded and private.
First thing first, time for a beer! We cracked open a couple bottles of Yuengling, made a toast to us and our weekend and begun our celebration! We got the car all unpacked and started to put up the tent. Ha ha ha That crazy little pop up tent took us probably about 45 minutes to put up. Time for another beer. It appears everywhere we tried to put the stakes in, there was a rock bed under the dirt so we had to keep moving it around to find a spot where we could get the stakes through the ground.
Before dinner, there were a couple of trees calling my name! I Love Love Love climbing trees!
Time to fire up the grill and get dinner started and open up the mead. After a delicious dinner of tofu pups, grilled veggies, corn on the cob, and a steak for Eric we lit up the camp fire. We had so much fun just sitting by the fire on a blanket on the ground, drinking mead, talking and enjoying the moment. Enjoying each other.
Our Summer Solstice tradition is fire and mead. In whatever form available to us. This year we tried something different enough and new and went camping, to have the real fire, rather than just the fire from our grill.
We used the greenery from our Winter Solstice Yule Log to get the fire started and after the fire was roaring we burned our Yule Log in our fire. It is said to bring good look and prosperity in the upcoming year, and we decided that rather than burning our log on the Winter Solstice, we would save it until the Summer Solstice and then burn it. The start of a nice new tradition for us!
After two bottles of mead, a six pack of beer, a delicious grilled dinner, quality time by the fire with the one you love, climbing trees, peeing outside in nature, and toasting marshmallows we decided to take a walk around our campground loop and find the beach. It was probably sometime after midnight and the campground was so quiet and peaceful. Pretty much everyone was already asleep and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We walked along the beach and out to the ocean with the brightness of the full moon guiding our way.
It was a perfect night. Everything was incredible. I feel so happy and blessed to have such an amazing time. I got up early this morning… unfortunately not early enough to see the sunrise… but early enough to light up the grill and make some fried rosemary potatoes and onions and peppers with some coffee for breakfast before we had to check out.
It was definitely just what Eric and I needed, especially after some of the difficulties we have had. Communing with nature is the perfect remedy to help combat any of that leftover negative energy still residing inside. To just get away from the “real world”, focus on the two of us and forget about everything else.