As a new mother, waking up at 6am is sleeping in, especially after months of feedings every 3 hours, but I don’t mind. It has become routine and now I get excited for 6am to come so I can start another day with her pleasant, smiling face looking up at me, her tiny like fingers reaching for my face and hands, and her bright blue eyes searching for answers in this new world.
This morning, we decided to let Darren, better known as Daddy, sleep in while we explored the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. Although more touristy than expected, it’s still filled with local color and laid-back visitors.
People of all ages were out getting their morning exercise. A pair of ladies walked by and offered a friendly, “Good day”; an old man rollerbladed past us, his skin a dark brown from over-exposure to the sun, the noticeable wrinkles weren’t just around his eyes; and a military group jogged in unison while completing some sort of training. Other parents pushed strollers alongside vendors and hotels. The world was moving around us and we blended in with a casual ease.
We walked less than a 1/2 mile when I noticed something up ahead. A smile formed in the corners of my mouth. It was huge! It was taller than the hotels and resorts that surrounded it! It was red and among rides along the pier. Yes, I was right! It was a massive slingshot ride and it was walking distance from our resort. I had to explore it more. I had to do it!
We made it up to the park but it wasn’t open and I still couldn’t quite figure out the specifics of the ride. It was still only 7:20am, but I was wide away. The adrenaline junkie in me was bubbling to the surface like a pot of water about to overflow.
Tomorrow’s mission: find out more about the ride and when I can do it!