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Brock Center

We are so lucky in our area to have so many pockets of escapes into nature. The Brock Center, built by the Chesapeake bay Foundation is one of them. The center is located at Pleasure House Point in Virginia beach and is as amazing on the inside as the view is on the outside. The building produces 83% more energy than it uses and is the first building in the Untied States to capture and turn rainwater into drinking water. It has solar panels, wind turbines, wells, rain cisterns, waterless toilets, and natural landscaping.

Outside, the land is an underdeveloped waterfront home to beach, marsh, and maritime forest overlooking the Lynnhaven River. There are walking trails which go across shallow waters to allow anyone to splash in and lots of little critters to see. We saw baby turtles, snails, and some small fish. Maybe it was the weather, the fact that we have been stuck inside, or that no one had a tantrum, but we had an absolute perfect afternoon here!

4th Birthday List

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My little man is really growing into a full blown kid and it's hard to believe. The umbrella and kite were specific requests from him. The boots are because he practically lived in his old pair and wore them out- literally. The backpack is because his little toddler one is getting to small to fit everything he needs, so I guess we are moving up to a full big kid backpack- I'm not ready! As always our favorite birthday gifts are passes and experiences! Check out our favorites around Hampton Roads.  

Elizabeth River Ferry

During social distancing, we continue to look for ways to find adventures while staying away from people. This week we took a ride on the Elizabeth River Ferry with our closed loop family!
Over the past year there has been lots of work on the Elizabeth River ferry docks to rebuild them and they look great! The governing board of Hampton Roads Transit agreed to stop collecting fares until June 10th in order to limit the amount of contact by customers.
The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes. It leaves from three different places, High Street and North Landing in Portsmouth, and Waterside in Norfolk. (In normal times it runs to Harbor Park on game nights also.) The ferry begins running at 5:30 am and runs until 9:00 pm currently. Check the schedule here.
Some of y'all might be freaking out that we are not taking social distancing seriously. Our closed loop means that everyone in the loop is taking responsibility and distancing themselves. It also requires a lot of trust in one another. Also, we went during the day to avoid people going to/from work. On the way to Portsmouth we were joined by only one person who sat below while we sat up top. He got off in Portsmouth and two other people got on, but they also stayed below. So... we were basically alone for the whole trip.

6 Reasons We Love Bluebird Gap Farm

We LOVE Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton for so many reasons, but here are our top six!
01. The animals! Beyond the typical farm animals, Bluebird Gap Farm has peacocks, a turkey, and deer. We love getting up close and personal with the animals. During normal, non social distancing times, you can even buy feed for them.
02. Plenty of places to sit! Besides the picnic tables and benches there are gazebos and a pergola. I love bringing a picnic lunch and finding a spot to enjoy it.
03. The gardens! The master gardeners have built beautiful gardens to walk through. There are edible gardens, a forest floor display, and lots of flowers and paths to walk.We sat in a garden in the back for 30 minutes and had a totally uninterrupted snack.

04. The playground! Closed right now for social distancing, Bluebird Gap Farm has a wonderful playground. There is a toddler one as well as a big one plus swings.

05. The photo ops! Located all around the farm are tons of places to take photos.
06. It's free!! Maybe the best part, but we love that this park is free and open to the public!
**Right now all of their indoor exhibits are closed.

Every Hour

A picture every hour of our day last week. Yes, that is a turkey that landed at our house. A wild turkey! These are real life pictures, so, here it goes!