Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Auto Bell Car Wash, Hampton & Noland Trail, Newport News, VA

I'm still on my "Stay-cation" so this morning the dogs and I took the van for a much-needed car wash! The dog-friendly Auto Bell Car Wash is on North Armistead Avenue in Hampton.
The young men who work here are so courteous and they seem to enjoy the visit by the greyhounds.
The dogs didn't seem to want to wait for the van to go by the window--they preferred to wait outside.
And out comes the van!
While we were waiting for them to dry the van off, PG heard some popping sounds and started shaking. I"m pretty sure it was the firing range at Langley Air Force Base. I looked up the Joint Base Langley-Eustis bulletin for today and it said, "Off-limits area
The Langley Air Force Base combat arms range and the bullet impact area to the rear of the range are off limits to all personnel. Due to live-fire of weapons, trespassing in this area is illegal and dangerous."
She was happy to get into the safety of the clean van and head to our next adventure!
We headed for the Noland Trail in Newport News. From I64, take Exit 258-A. Travel 2.5 miles to the intersection of Warwick Blvd. and J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (also called Avenue of the Arts). Continue straight through the intersection and turn left onto Museum Drive. There is a parking lot on the right hand side for the Noland Trail's North Entrance.
The Noland Trail is 5 miles long along the shoreline of Lake Maury. It has many elevation changes so it is a challenging walk. Lots of students from nearby Christopher Newport University use it as a jogging trail. There are mile markers all along the trail--we walked for a mile and then turned around--for a 2 mile long walk--rather than go the whole 5 miles.
Lake Maury is really picturesque--named for the famed 19th-century oceanographer and native Virginian, Matthew Fontaine Maury. It was such a glorious morning, cool and not humid. Every once in a while Sammy would prance up on  his toes and bark out loud when we were all alone on the trail. He seemed to be saying, "It doesn't get any better than this!"
What is Sammy looking at while crossing the bridge? Could there be a troll under the bridge?
Tons of turtles! Well, maybe not tons--but dozens of them!

Wish you were here,
Sammy & PG

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