As I wrote in an earlier blog post, we checked into the Best Western Chincoteague Island around 1:30 pm on Easter Sunday, April 5. After checking in, we relaxed in our room until 4:00 pm. The Best Western hotel is the closest hotel to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. We were within walking, or bicycling, distance of the wildlife refuge entrance. After paying an $8.00 entrance fee earlier in the day, we were free to enter and leave the refuge as many times as we wished. From 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm we returned to the wildlife refuge two more times.
The best-know residents of Assateague Island are its wild ponies. The ponies may be seen by strolling to the Woodland Trail observation deck or driving along Beach Road. We saw these ponies, while driving along Beach Road. We didn’t, but should have, walked the Woodland Trail to the observation deck. We will definitely make use of the Woodland Trail on our next visit to Assateague Island!
The Wildlife Loop, located a short distance from the wildlife refuge entrance, is a 3.2 mile loop that circles the Snow Goose Pool. The Wildlife Loop is a great place to observe wildlife, especially waterfowl and wading birds. It is open to walkers and bikers throughout the day, but vehicles are permitted to drive on it from 3:00 pm until dusk. We drove on Wildlife Loop two times between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. We saw waterfowl on the pool, but they were so far away I couldn’t get a good photograph. The next time we visit Assateague Island, I want to ride bicycles on Wildlife Loop! I am getting excited already about our next visit to Assateague Island, and we have no plans yet for a return visit. I do know that I want to spend a long weekend there, with accommodation at the Best Western Chincoteague Island.
On Monday, April 6, we awakened around 5:00 am. We got showered and dressed, and we were enjoying breakfast (complimentary) shortly after 6:00 am. We checked out of the hotel and began our trip back home around 7:00 am. We spent several hours on Maryland roads. We followed Routes 13 and 50 across the Bay Bridge. Routes 97 and 695 took us toward and around Baltimore to Route 70. We crossed the Pennsylvania border at 11:15 am. We continued following Route 70/76 to Bedford, PA. We ate lunch at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Bedford, and then hopped onto Route 99. The rest of the route from Bedford to home was very familiar to us, as we have used the same route many, many times. We returned home a little after 4:00 pm.
Our Easter vacation was very enjoyable. The weather was cooperative in that it rained only one day (Saturday) and for a very short time. Sunshine was plentiful. One day (Friday) was quite warm, reaching temperatures in the low 80s. The other days were cool, even chilly! I did not complain about the cool temperatures, though. It was warmer in Virginia, than at home. I am looking forward to our next vacation at Chincoteague / Assateague. I hope the wait isn’t too long!