we had such a good time with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law in virginia beach last week, even though my high hopes for fall weather were rained on every day but sunday. (no complaints- i could at least wear pants without keeling over from heat stroke; something i still cannot do in south florida. in october.) but sunday was a choir of angels singing, red carpet rolled out kind of day, perfect for us to head to the boardwalk. blue skies and crowds of tourists were a-go for the, get ready, north american sandsculpting championships. totally part of why i booked a flight up this particular weekend, if i'm being honest. my parents have gone for years, and always come back with tales of incredible award-winning sandcastles that sculptors (sand artists?) have traveled from all over the world to create. i probably couldn't have cared less about sandcastles when those photo-filled emails from dad rolled in before, but now that i'm all BEACH LIFE FOREVER, i was way into it this year. typically they're built on the open beach, rain or shine, and they're heartbreakingly bulldozed after a week on display. this year they were built under a giant covered structure, which made photos/lighting a little tougher, but you get the idea. amazing! we wound up walking all three miles of the boardwalk that day; so much rad stuff going on. i love our little beach here in delray, but there's something about a proper boardwalk that's so fun and charming. beach life, ya'll.