When we left our house that morning, we had no power and a ton of leaves/branches all through the yard and parking lot. Since all of our town (and surrounding states) had lost power as well, there was really nothing to do but head out!
Our trip begins in Heathsville (at Doug's Grandparents' Home) for the annual family fireworks show!
|Each year is themed; 2012 is WW2, Battle of Cod Creek|
|Two of Doug's uncles run the show|
After staying over in Heathsville (in comfortable air conditioning), we ate some breakfast with the family and made a quick stop at Doug's old house to check on the tenants who were moving in that day. Then we confirmed that our hotel had power and drove off to Williamsburg!
We grabbed dinner out at Sal's Ristorante Italiano; Doug had Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo and I had Eggplant Rollatini. Cheesecake and cannoli came back to the Lodge with us for dessert.
July 2 (Our Anniversary):
Our anniversary was pretty exciting for us; since we often did not see each other during the summer, it was the first July 2 we had ever got to actually spend together (since we were separated most of the day of our wedding).
|Breakfast from Raleigh's Tavern; we got refillable mugs that were free to fill|
|Colonial people told everyone to head to the courthouse for an announcement|
|She Crab Soup -- the best thing I have ever eaten|
|Anniversary minute photo!|
This was Busch Gardens Day! Yea! Unfortunately, it was also super-humid-and-hot day...
|Entering the park through England|
|Escape from Pompeii|
|Refillable Verbolten Cups|
|Beginning of the Lunch Show in Italy|
Because of the intense heat, we started making our way back to England, so Italy was a great place to stop for lunch. We were just finishing up lunch when the afternoon show began! It was a great reason to stick around and rest up a bit more before catching the bus back to our Hotel.
At this point, we found out that our power at home would not be returning until Saturday (at the earliest). Doug was able to take one more night off of work, so we officially extended our trip from the 4th to the 6th!
We ate dinner at the Lodge again (more She Crab Soup! Yea!) and went to bed early.
|Musician outside Shields|
That afternoon we drove over to New Town to see The Amazing Spiderman! We loved it! We got some take out from Applebee's on the way back to the hotel.
Doug surprised me with a Spa appointment! We ate lunch early, then he relaxed with a book in the Lounge while I went across the street for a 90 minute scrub and massage ;)
|They sent me home with some goodies!|
|View of Ireland from the Sky Ride|
|Loch Ness Monster and Griffon|
|The famous Clydesdales|
|Big Ben lit for Illuminights|
The one heritage we both share (greatly share, that is) is Irish, so we were really excited to spend some extra time in Ireland. They have a newer ride Europe in the Air where Corkscrew Hill used to be. While I missed the leprechaun and his magic dust, the flight through Europe was pretty great. We grabbed dinner in Ireland and finished up in time for the last show!
as it got darker, the park started lighting up for it's summer "Illuminights;" I couldn't help but grab a picture of Big Ben on our way out!
We checked out of the Lodge after a great buffet breakfast and drove back home...where we still had no power. Thankfully, our landlord had emptied out our fridge and freezer of perishable items (which we gave her permission to do). We grabbed some ice, a cooler, and some water bottles to last.
Thankfully, we regained power on Saturday, but the power outage put we way behind in my schoolwork, especially since one of my classes ended on Friday while we were still without power. If only I had the foresight to bring my books and computer on vacation, but we probably wouldn't have had such a great time!
All in all, the trip was wonderful, relaxing, and well-timed! I was able to get extensions (I ended up with an A in the class that ended) on all my work, and I just need to keep working hard to catch up!!!