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PHOTO FRIDAY: Isabel the Sea Serpent, Sandbridge Beach, VA

We’ve been visiting Virginia this week, and I will have some great intel to share with you over the next few weeks! But for Photo Friday, I chose this image of Isabel, a 60-foot long sea serpent crafted from driftwood, with coconut shell eyes.

Sea serpent

She lies in the front yard of a rental home right on Sandbridge Beach, which is about 15 minutes south of Virginia Beach. A local sculptor, Scott Dilatush, created her in 1999.

When we found her, it was somewhat serendipitous that we discovered a public access path to the beach just to the left of her yard. And a (free) street parking space. The four of us had a glorious day on that beautiful, uncrowded beach, wading over the sandbars, looking for shells, flying kites, building the requisite sandcastle, etc. I’ll remember it for a long time.

Sandbridge Beach


  1. Fiona said,
    June 3, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    It always amazes me what one person can create and hundreds of people will come to see. I remember visiting a house in Ireland where the outside walls of the house, the low walls around the property, everything, was covered in sea shells. Think about the time and commitment to do that. And why? I met the man as well and asked him, he said it made people smile. What a wonderful reason to create.

    Thanks for the post Traci, Isabel made me smile

    • Traci Suppa said,
      June 3, 2011 @ 9:40 am

      That’s a cool story! It is inspiring. I doubt I would have that kind of commitment!

  2. June 3, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Somehow we missed Isabel, but we LOVED Sandbridge. The lack of crowds made the drive away from Virginia Beach worth it. Did you happen to see any of the wild ponies grazing in the yards of the beach rentals? We only saw them once but loved it.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      June 3, 2011 @ 9:39 am

      It’s a great beach! We didn’t see ponies, but we did see dolphins from our hotel room balcony in VA Beach!

  3. Mike said,
    June 3, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    So far your trip sounds really great. Hope you guys are having fun. I look froward to your posts when you return.