Our friends Kevin (Mike's best man in our wedding) and Dena (from Oklahoma) are on a month-long road trip. They are starting with the East Coast and we are so happy that they are taking 3 days out of their trip to visit us here. Aside from my sister we haven't had any visitors from out-of-state in the FIVE YEARS that we've lived here. And we have a big beach. And now a baby. C'mon people, what's the deal? But I digress...
So the Putney's got here on Thursday and I suspected that even after just a few days on the road they would want a home cooked meal. I was right. Dena requested that Mikey make something Italian, so he out-did himself with his baked ziti. It was delicious. After a quick visit to Station 3 (Kevin's a FF too - he and Mike worked together on Lawton Fire), we headed down to the boardwalk at VA Beach. By the time we got to the beach, it was foggy and the temp had dropped and it was mighty chilly with the wind.
Yesterday Mike, Alex, Kevin, and Dena went to Ft. Story to see the Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses. (I understand they all basically had to have a full body cavity search before they were allowed on the Post!) They say the weather was great down by the water. They all walked up to the top of the old lighthouse (huffing and puffing) to get a view of the bay from the top.
Alex at Ft. Story
They also visited the USS Wisconsin down at Nauticus. The temp on the deck of that ship is always about 1004 degrees on a warm day. (I may not be entirely sorry that I had to work...I came home to lounge on the couch in the A/C!)
For dinner we decided we'd show Kevin and Dena a true Virginia seafood boil. We bought all the stuff, Mike boiled it up in some Old Bay, we threw some newspapers on the table, and dumped the crab legs, shrimp, and scallops right out on the table. Dena and I were okay just eating the corn, potatoes, kilbasa, and salad! The boys enjoyed working for their food! I don't know if it's the amount of time it took them to crack and eat everything or if they ate so much that it took so much time, but there were pruny fingers all around by the time they were finished. :)
Kevin and Dena
We were all worn out by the end of the day. I think today we'll take it a bit easier!