On Easter Sunday (April 5) we awakened at 4:45 am, 15 minutes ahead of the time that we had set the alarm. We got up, showered and dressed. We finished packing and carried our stuff to the car. We ate breakfast at 6:00 am and were on the road by 6:30 am, en route Chincoteague Island from Virginia Beach, VA.
We arrived at Chincoteague Island before 9:00 am. It was way too early to check into our hotel, so we visited the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. Our first stop was at the Assateague Lighthouse.
According to its website, the Assateague Lighthouse stands 142 feet high, its base over 27 feet in diameter. The top of the lighthouse is accessible to the public. There is no entrance fee to climb to the top of the lighthouse, although donations are cheerfully accepted. We climbed the 175 steps to the top of the lighthouse. We paused briefly at each of the 7 landings on our way to the top!
On the way back to the parking lot from the lighthouse, I saw a turkey vulture sunning itself on top of a tree branch.