On the morning of Day 5 of our vacation (Wednesday, April 10th) we rode our bicycles from Tranquil Shores (our vacation home) to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, VA. It is approximately 2 miles from Tranquil Shores to the entrance booths.
We followed the bicycle trail to Woodland Trail. We rode the Woodland Trail, where we saw several wild horses in the marshland.
Leaving Woodland Trail we took the Black Duck Trail to the Wildlife Loop. We rode the Wildlife Loop. We saw egrets, birds and wild ponies.
For the first time since 2011, when we first visited the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, we saw wild horses in the marsh, while on the Wildlife Loop.
From the Wildlife Loop we returned to Tranquil Shores.
We rode 11.69 bicycle miles in the morning.
We ate lunch at Metompkin Seafood Market in Bloxom VA, which was a 13-mile drive from Chincoteague.
Bob ordered a fish and scallop platter. I ordered a fish platter. We both had two generous pieces of fish with French fries, coleslaw and hush puppies. Bob had scallops in addition to the fish. There were three cats that were looking for handouts.
On our way to Metompkin Seafood and on our way back to Chincoteague, U.S. Navy airplanes kept circling us.
I took these photographs from inside our car, through the windshield. We were traveling at about 55 MPH at the time. The airplanes were flying from NASA Wallops Flight Facility. It was awesome having the airplanes fly so close to us!
Before returning to our vacation home, we stopped for homemade ice cream at the Island Creamery.
Bob ordered two scoops of coffee ice cream in a cup. I ordered one scoop of Peanut Butter Cup and one scoop of Peanut Butter Chocolate, also in a cup. Delicious!
We went for a drive around the Wildlife Loop in the evening. The wild horses that we saw in the morning were still there. The horses were even a little closer to the road than they were in the morning.
For dinner we ate salad. Bob had a Cobb salad; I had a chef salad. Neither of us were very hungry after eating a big lunch and ice cream.
Later in the evening we watched a few episodes of NYPD Blue and then went to bed.
I hope that you are not getting tired of seeing photographs of wild ponies. I will be sharing more wild pony photographs in my next blog post. Those ponies were closer to us than all of our other encounters!
TO BE CONTINUED