After I went to Balticon, I traveled to Virginia Beach (if you know anything about Virginia and Maryland, Baltimore and Maryland are NOT close to each other). Virginia Beach was a research trip. My novel is set in alternate Hawaii. I grew up on the West Coast and have been to Hawaii twice, but I was struggling to remember beach details. Traveling to Hawaii (which I would have very much liked) was out of the question because of costs, but going locally was doable. Onto pictures!
When I checked in my room, I was greeted with this scene from the balcony. Of course I had to dash and see it in person. One of the things that I was surprised at was how noisy the sea was. I could hear the constant crash of the waves. Depending on the time of the day, it got quieter or louder.
It was a surprise to see the city raking out the sand every morning. Workers were out there all day doing maintenance work like emptying the trash and painting the light fixtures. Not sure how well the painting went. The wind carried sand and salt. My hair was sticky with both when I went back to the hotel!
Standing out in the surf brought back the memory I had long forgotten of what it was like to have the wave hit your ankles (cold!), then reverse direction. It’s almost dizzying watching the wave move backwards as the next one rolls forward into it.
Though it looks like sunset, I actually took this shot early in the morning. I was really surprised at how these shots came out because the camera brought out deeper color than what I was seeing.
Next up will be photos of art along the boardwalk and flowers along the boardwalk.
Anyone want to guess how many photos I took? I was there an evening, a day, and a morning.