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Sunday, August 26, 2007

One of the things I've been doing this summer instead of keeping the blog up to date is beading. Suddenly it seems that everywhere we're working, there are bead stores. I don't even want to think about how much money I've spent on beads.

This weekend, instead of taking classes, I got to teach one. I taught how to make porcupine quill earrings at All About Beads, in Virginia Beach. We had a lot of fun and everyone made very cool earrings.

Over the weekend, I stayed at Chesapeake Campground. It's a nice family campground with more fun to be had than I had time to have while I was there. This time I spent a lot of time walking and swimming and beading and doing laundry. I mention that exciting topic only because their pool is right next to the laundry and I could get very addicted to tossing the wash in the washer, hopping in the pool for half an hour, moving the wash into the dryer and hopping back in the pool. Next time I'm going to rent a canoe while I'm there. They also rent bicycles and have pony rides for kids on the weekends.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Instead of Blogging - I've been seeing the chiropractor, working, swimming (it's been HOT in Virginia), working, going to a family wedding (it was nice but I doubt you want to see the pics), working, modifying my cargo trailer, working, going to the many bead shops in the Tidewater area, working....
This week, after work and a third trip to the local bead shop, I went to Oak Grove Lake Park here in Chesapeake. I'd found it earlier in the week by making a wrong turn and decided to return and explore when I had more time.

It's a small lake - 2 miles around.
I know: I walked the walking path which circumnavigates the lake. No swimming, although it looks quite inviting. People fish there, and use radio controlled boats. Kids ride bikes. People walk. People run.

The walking path is wider than many West Virginia country roads and is sprinkled generously with rest stops

and fitness stops - the latter built by a Boy Scout troop.

It winds through the woods along the lake shore, then between the lake

and the highway, then on along the shore.

On this side of the lake, the walkway is lined with crepe myrtles courtesy of the PTA I believe.

All the rest stops had trash cans, and there was not much litter to detract from the scenery.

I was surprised to see
billboards tied along the path to and from the parking lot, though. What's up with that?