I recently took a trip down to Virginia with my auntie for the funeral of a close friend of hers .

I didn’t know the lady but as my auntie isn’t well, somebody had to go with her.

An uber took us down there, it was actually a car driven by my cousin’s boyftiend, who just happens to be an uber driver.

We started out at 8:30am and got to Chesapeake , Virginia at 4:30pm.

The part of Virginia that I know is closest to Washington DC, you know Richmond, Alexandria, Arlington.

We were going past these cities.

We were going to what’s known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia .

That’s cities like Virginia Beach , Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Chesapeake .

To get to these cities, you have to go through a lot of tunnels.

One of which is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which has to be one of the longest tunnels in the United States .

It takes an hour to get through this tunnel, which starts above the Chesapeake Bay, goes underneath it, and back above it.

Just when you thought you were out of this tunnel and entering the city of Virginia Beach , that would be a nope .

You have to go through another section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, called the Thumble Shoals Channel Tunnel .

After you leave this tunnel, you’re in the really beautiful city of Virginia Beach .

I was stunned at the houses along the Chesapeake Bay and I thought how would I survive living in a beautiful house that is THAT CLOSE to the water.

As if going through those tunnels were fascinating enough, there was another tunnel to go through when we got to Norfolk, Virginia.

It was the Merimac- Monitor Bridge.

Norfolk, Virginia is known for their ship building not only in this century but during the time of the Civil War.

The bridge is a nod to the Civil War history of the area.

The Merimac and Monitor were two ships that did battle in the Civil War.

If I knew how to drive, one of the places I would drive to would be this area.

If you happen to go down to Virginia, go see Richmond the capital by all means.

But make it a point to visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia, you’ll be surprised how different it is from the cities in Virginia that are a little more familiar .

The area is a little more rural, and you’ll be able to go through all those tunnels .


FB_IMG_1501932149964FB_IMG_1501932123603FB_IMG_1501932194760FB_IMG_1501932147398FB_IMG_1501932168995FB_IMG_1501932166429You  and  your  cousin  are  thinking  about  doing  a  quick  getaway  for  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

You  both  aren’t  sure  where  you  want  to  go .

Your  cousin  is  thinking  of  a quick  weekend  trip  to  somewhere  nearby  where  you  both  can  catch  a  basketball  or  hockey  game .

You  both  live  in  Western  Pennsylvania ,  not  far  from  the  New  York  and  Canadian  border .

Neither  of  you  have  a  passport  so Toronto  is out  of  the  question .

New  York  City  might  be  an  idea ,  but  you  cousin  doesn’t  want  to  go  there .

She  has  another  idea .

What about  Buffalo ?

You  think  your  cousin  has lost  her  mind .

It’s  early  December  and  your  cousin  must  think  you’re  doing  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Miami ,  Orlando ,  Jacksonville ,  or Fort  Lauderdale .

Buffalo  is the  LAST  place  to be in early  November  or December .



cousin  isn’t  worried  about  the  weather  though .

She reminds  you  about the  last  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  that you  all  did.

You know  the one  in Chicago ?

The  weather  was horrible  but you went to  that  Chicago  Bulls basketball  game  anyway .

How bad  could  it  be  in Buffalo ?

Since  the  two  of  you  live  together ,  it’s  a quick  trip  to  your  apartment  to throw  some  clothes  into  a  weekend  bag .

You  two  are  going  to  share  the  driving .

You’re  on the  road  to  the  second  largest  city  in  New  York .

As your  cousin  is beginning  to  start  the  car ,  you both  realize  that  you  haven’t  a clue  of where  you’re  going  to  stay ,  and  if  the hockey  team  in Buffalo ,  the  Sabres ,  will  even  be  in  town .

This  is  something  that  no  one  should  ever  do on a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  let  alone  a trip  to  anywhere  else .

Never  go to  a  city  without  a  place  to  stay  and always  make  sure  that  the  team  that you  want  to  see  is going  to  be  playing  at  home  when you  get  to that  city .

Don’t  wait  until  the  very  last  second  to book  those  sports  tickets .

You  were  all  lucky  this  time  to get an inexpensive  hotel  and even  luckier  that  the  Sabres  have  two  games  while  you’re  in  town ,  and they’re  not  sold  out .

Remember  the  object  of  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  is to  see  the  sights  of  the  city  AND  most  of  all  to see  that hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  or  basketball  game .

You’re  almost  there  and your  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Buffalo  has started  off  shaky .

But not only  did  you get the  hotel ,  you all were able  to  get hockey  tickets  for Friday  night  and Saturday  night  as well .

You both are now thinking  of  Buffalo  Chicken  Wings  when  you  get  to your  hotel .