The thing I love the most about False Cape camping?
You have to turn it off.
You can’t be attached to your phone because there’s very little service. There’s almost no one out there. The universe allows you to just… be. And when you get to just “be” with some of your favorite people? It’s even better.
It’s a 9 mile bike ride to where we camp – and you pack in everything with you, and take everything back out with you (including water). 9 miles isn’t a lot – but it’s a lot when you carry a lot (and I tend to carry a lot).
But then you get to False Cape Landing – my favorite dock and favorite part of the park.
Epic sunsets, seeing storms about to come in from the distance, a whole lot of laughter, spiders making their webs. Cleaning off in the bay. Did I mention sunsets? It’s magic. Kind of makes you forget about the mosquitos and biting flies that tried to get you on your way there.
More To See
There’s so much more to see, too, though – paths that take you to beautiful lookouts, awesome towers in the middle of dune trails, riding bikes on the beach, and, oh yeah, those sunsets.
Above all, even sunsets, the nighttime at False Cape is the best part. It’s darker than any other spot in Virginia Beach (that I know of anyway), and you can usually see a TON of stars. This time, it was the full moon, so we didn’t get to see stars, so Mike taught me light painting instead.
The hardest part of turning your cell phone off and getting away? It’s coming back, and holding onto the things and feelings that you had while you were gone. Remembering that you can take pieces of that and be better. You don’t always have to be attached to a screen or your phone or your tv. Sometimes, it’s okay to just a read a book, be outside, be with the people that you love. And that’s pretty rad. And maybe you aren’t the type of person that would do a False Cape camping trip. That’s okay, too. You’ve gotta find your own release.