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Easter Vacation 2011

!!UPDATED!!

I added photographs taken while crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and while visiting Assateague Island.

Bob and I extended the Easter holiday and went on vacation to Virginia Beach, Virginia. We spent 1 night in Winchester, Virginia; 4 nights in Virginia Beach; and 1 night in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

The highlights of our vacation included:

our brief stop in Tappahannock, Virginia;

soaking up the sun and warmth on the oceanfront while in Virginia Beach, Virginia;

visiting the Norfolk Botanical Garden with our friends Al and Denise;

spending Easter Day with our friends Al and Denise and their children

driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; and

visiting Assateague Island, Virginia, on our way back home.

I have provided links to all of the highlights of our vacation. Each link will take you to my Flickr website, to the pertinent photo set.

I want to mention one other vacation highlight, one not so pleasant. En route Virginia Beach we spent one night at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn in Winchester, Virginia. The AC receptacles in our room were worn to the point that anything plugged into them would simply fall out, without even a nudge. That night my husband emailed Best Western International in regards these AC receptacles, stating that they might be considered a hazard in some locations. The next morning, after showering, I plug in the hotel’s hair dryer …

BOOM
A FLASH OF LIGHT
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The hairdryer shorted out when I attempted to blow dry my hair.
I went to the hotel lobby and asked the desk clerk if he had a hair dryer that I could borrow. The desk clerk makes a joke out of my question by looking in his pockets for a hair dryer. I told the desk clerk that this was not a laughing matter. I turned on my camera and showed him the photograph displayed above. His manner changed at that point. He found me another room, where I could use the hair dryer to dry my hair. He was very apologetic. I didn’t allow the story to end here. We hung around until the office manager showed up at 8:00 AM. I related my story to the office manager. We received our money back for the night’s stay.

10 Responses to “Easter Vacation 2011”

  1. jabblog

    That is appalling! You were lucky there wasn't a more serious outcome.I'm glad you got a refund – I think you should have had some compensation, too.

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  2. eileeninmd

    The hair dryer story sounds scary. There could have been a fire in your room. Sounds like great stops. I love Assateague and the Bay Bridge Tunnel is cool to ride on. I know you are having or had a lot of fun!

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  3. Chip Allen

    Did you know that the ice cream cone was invented at Doumarr's? If I had a nickle for every time I stopped in there I would have one huge pile of nickles!That motel is in for some serious trouble if word of the electrical system ever gets to the proper authorities: inspections@ci.winchester.va.us Receptacles like those are a fire just waiting to happen.

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  4. Dar

    Good for you for taking the next step. I would have done the same thing. I'm so glad you did not get hurt. That really could have been disasterous beyond scary.BlessYourHearts

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  5. Elena

    Your vacation sounded wonderful. Thank goodness you weren't injured in the hair dryer incident and that you got your money back!

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  6. Rose

    I really enjoyed the photos from the botanical gardens…left three or four comments….It seems to me the Best Westerns are starting to be a bit run down…we used to always stay in them and felt like we were in a nice hotel, but we stayed in a couple or three the past year or two and while they weren't real bad, they just weren't what they used to be.

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  7. Linda

    Alarming tale! These sockets look very worn, even without the damage from the shorting.The power of the camera – that obviously made the hotel employee take you seriously.

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  8. Denise

    Glad you weren't hurt and am very glad you told the manager about this. Otherwise who knows what might have happened to the next guest. It's been lovely looking through all your photos, as many of the places you photographed I am very familiar with. I always miss the roses in full bloom though. You got some real beauties at the garden. It was like walking down memory lane. Thanks for the tour Linda.

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  9. Denise

    Forgot to say that the last time we were in VA Beach, Gregg went to Doumar's with his Dad and Brother.

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