Where We’ve Been & What Done: Part 2


One month down! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on this little adventure of ours for nearly four weeks. It’s gone by quickly but I have to say, we’re both ready to move onto the next portion of our trip.

Up to this point, we’ve been in Norfolk, VA. Josh has his military obligations to attend to during the week and then we travel around on the weekends.

Our Drive Back

With our last update, we left off two weeks ago on our way back to Norfolk from Annapolis. We ended up leaving Annapolis later than we originally planned and as a result were driving later than we had hoped to.

It wasn’t that big of a deal but it was getting late and we needed to switch drivers. Josh was driving and simply pulled off at the next closest exit which only had a McDonalds a mile or two down the road.

At first, it seemed like an unnecessary distance to drive just to switch drivers but once we got there, we were pleasantly surprised. You never know what little gold nuggets you’ll find on the road!

We were somewhere in historic Williamsburg and the McDonalds was set up like an old 50s diner. Complete with the phone booth, car, and jute box. We ended up going in just to look around because why not at this point?


I (Allison) love 50s themed things so it was a treat for me and another moment in which you just choose to find the adventure in the detours.

We finally made it back to Norfolk that Sunday night and spent a rather chill week at our hotel.

Easy Days

Josh would go to his military obligations each day and I busied myself with numerous things like grocery shopping and making friends with housekeeping until he arrived home and we could go to the gym or watch HGTV together.

We’ve never watched enough tv to justify having cable and were disappointed when all the shows got removed from Netflix so it’s been fun.

Our Weekend Exploring

When Friday night rolled around, Josh came home with an ornery look and told me he had a surprise for me. I got ready with no idea where we were going. To add to the suspense, he made me drive us to my surprise.

He had plugged a nearby address into the GPS and told me to follow it. With traffic, it took about 45 to 60 minutes to get there.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be annoyed or intrigued by the whole thing. At some point, I finally parked near our (still unknown to me) destination and we started walking. Josh did a great job building suspense as he told me I was going to be so surprised and love where we were going.

I was clueless! The last time I was this clueless about where we were going, Josh proposed. So now the curiosity is really getting to me. But finally, we arrived.


He had brought me to this cute little German restaurant tucked in an alley in old downtown Portsmouth.


It was his birthday surprise to me. A bit delayed because of work and traveling but it just added to the surprise of it!

I love German food and never give up the opportunity to eat a good meal when I can. I ordered my favorite: Chicken JagerSchniztel with spaetzle & red cabbage and I couldn’t wait for it to come out!

Then it did… It seriously was the worst German food I’ve ever had. It was actually hilarious how bad it was. I’ve eaten at a lot of German restaurants in several different states and had meals cooked for me by German friends in the states on vacation and this was the worst of them all.

Yet, somehow, it made the whole experience better. Josh’s food came out even worse than mine and we laughed with nearly every bite. The situation definitely made the whole thing more memorable.

We decided to take a little stroll after dinner to see what else was in the area. We found this cute little French café tucked inside an ivy-covered cast iron front.


We went in and ordered dessert in hopes that it would make up for

the terrible meal we had just had. And thank goodness it did!

It was so quaint and hidden, we felt like we were in a secret little alcove in which we could watch the world outside but the world outside couldn’t see us.

Both experiences that night just added to the whole memory of it all. Something about it was just perfect and I definitely went home a very happy girl.

Busch Gardens

In theme with our adventurous weekend, we woke up the next morning and headed to Busch Gardens! I had never been before so pulling up to the entrance had me feeling like a giddy child. And of course, it was everything I had hoped it would be!

For anyone who has never gone and has the opportunity, do it. We spent most of our day in Germany and Oktoberfest (big surprise, right?) eating Pretzels and listening to live bands.


The whole experience was memorable and we couldn’t help but laugh at the fact that the park food there was better than the German food we had the night before. Every country and exhibit was really enjoyable.

There was a hilarious giant roaming yak. I mean the only thing that made him funny was that he was a yak. Just a random yak. In the middle of an amusement park. What’s not funny about that?

One exhibit had beautiful birds that would come and sit on your shoulders or head while you fed them. You really had to be careful in that exhibit though because, you know, everyone is feeding the birds and then they sit on you. It was kind of like a game of bird crap roulette. But I suppose it adds to the memory of the day for lots of people.

There were plenty of rides that catered to every age group in the family but my favorite of the day was the boat ride you could take down the “Rhine” river.

Something about the serenity of being on an open lake with only the occasional interruption by the screams of those on a roaring roller-coaster down the way made you feel momentarily free and unconnected to the world around you. It was an odd moment, that right there in the middle of an amusement park, we found beauty in the day.

We mostly strolled from country to country for the rest of our time there watching joyful children run about and eating food we probably shouldn’t have.

We ended the night with a sky ride back to the main entrance and got back to our car just as the sun was setting over the park.

It was the perfect ending to a perfect day and we left full of food, joy, and new memories we had made together.

As our time in Virginia closes, we are grateful for the memories and adventures we’ve had here but also looking forward to the next section of our adventure.

It’s time to go explore places we’ve never been!

Next stop, Rhode Island…

Thanks for reading 🙂

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