Journal

My name is Ada Weel Olsen and I’m a Norwegian Graphic Designer and Art Director based in Oslo. – educated as a graphic designer from the NKH, Norwegian School of Creative Studies in Oslo, Norway. I have recently taken a bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Art Direction at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy.

On The Road: Virginia + Cape Henry

After leaving the White House and commotion of Washington DC behind the road led me through Williamsburg and Hampton to get to not so sunny Virginia Beach home to the East Coast Surfing Championships. Still cold surf season meant for quiet drive time and unpopulated ocean front’s. Packing in as much as possible I visited in as many state parks, protected beaches and quirky ocean front surf cafes as possible. If you’re ever around the Virginia Beach Cape Henry area First Landing State Park should definitely be on your list to visit!! Swamp, secluded beach, forest, hidden cabins, water sports and basically everything you need to explore for a day in one place. The State Park so called after the "First Landing" of English colonists in 1607. 

 

Traveling down the coast of Virginia and staying in this area for a number of days I felt like I needed to experience the Virginia Beach boardwalk life. Not one of the most enticing beaches it still had a quant surf/ fishing town vibe, who needs crystal blue waters and white sands. Like time stood still and made strangely beautiful by the sea fog rolling in people around the area seemed so at ease with life. Fishing on the pier, ocean swimming, cycling and standing outside the old coast guard station that has looked over the oldest North American surf contest for years. 

Washington DC, Williamsburg, Hampton, Chesapeake to Virginia Beach and Cape Henry located on the East Coast. Soon to be heading down to Sandbridge and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 

Cape Henry, the prospect of a clear, bright day meant it was time to climb one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States, watch dolphins swim and SUP board into the horizon until I went numb from the cold. Traveling light or not definitely take your wetsuit for East Coast travels and Atlantic swells.