It’s the little things…

At the beginning of last week Jeff text me about how he was so sick of the winter and was dying to go shoot photos. I replied “ditto! let’s get out” assuming that would I mean I would have to grudgingly bundle up and head out into the negative temperatures for a few hours. His response was “let’s go on a trip!” Two days later we’re in the car heading down to Virginia, he had booked us a hotel in Norfolk.

It was supposed to be an escape from the cold but the day previous to our arrival Norfolk had been hit with a pretty intense snow storm. They apparently weren’t too prepared, and the roads were kind of awful so after finding macarons and eating a burger we retired to our hotel room fairly early. As cold as it was there it was still an improvement and we were both excited to escape our city for a bit. While Cleveland was experiencing temperatures as low as -25, Norfolk was around 20 degrees.

The next morning we woke up before the sun so we could hurry down to the beach and watch it rise over the ocean. It was absolutely freezing but well worth it for the sight. This is one of those times where I’m not super pumped about my photos but once I get over the initial “I could have shot that better” I know I’ll be really happy I have them. Watching the sun rise and set with Jeff is one of my all time favorite things. It never fails to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Funny story – For our first date I suggested we watch the sun rise together. We agreed upon a place, time, and date. I woke up super early that morning to make sure I looked extra cute, bundled up and headed to the beach. Nearly a half hour after the sun rose I realized this butthead wasn’t going to show up. I played it cool and texted him something along the lines of “Hey, you didn’t show! Hope you’re okay and nothing happened!” He text me back almost instantly. He had overslept and my text woke him up. We finally met up later that day but I’m probably never going to let him live that down.

I was pretty excited to find coral on the beach. Lake Erie doesn’t really have many interesting things that wash up on the beach, I mean if you exclude giant water bugs and trash, so even frozen coral is intriguing to me. I’m also a fan of sea foam. It was killing me that it was so cold there, I wanted to stick my hands in it so badly.

Back in Ohio, I’m still hating winter just as much as before we left for our quick trip but it was a great escape, even if it wasn’t a warm one.

Two posts into my “the little things” series and both include Jeff and a sun setting or rising on the beach. Whoops!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • !!!!
    I live in Hampton and work in Norfolk. I drive past 80/20 burger bar alllllll the time on my way to work (was it any good? I've been meaning to try it)
    Where did you get your macarons from?? Anyways, it looks like you had a good time!

    • It was pretty good! The burger was a little bit garlic-y for my tastes but all in all it was a nice little spot to eat.

      We got macarons from Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts. Some of them were a little bit stale but they still tasted great. My favorite was the rose water, top five favorites of all time for sure! Plus they were SO sweet there! πŸ™‚

  • this sounds like such a wonderful trip, even if the weather maybe didn't go as you'd hoped! i'm loving the photos of the water and the sky, the colours are so lovely:-) xx

  • I love these! Shawn and I took a weekend trip down to Virginia in January a few years ago because I had a job interview down there… long story short, there was an epic snowstorm the day before we left and since I hadn't heard from the place we went down anyway. Only one lane was cleared on the highway, but we made it to the hotel and lucky for us, our room had a mini kitchen and was a half mile walk from a quick chek. We stayed in for two days and lounged. When I finally heard from the place they wanted to reschedule. Screw that! I wasn't about to work for a place that didn't even have the decency to tell me they were closed when I was supposed to be there.
    Ok, that wasn't all that short, but it's a memorable story nonetheless!

  • I've always wanted to do this! But my work schedule makes it impossible to go on spontaneous road trips. Road trips are always best when the mood suddenly strikes.