Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 4 – Back in Virginia
We relaxed at Tranquil Shores, our airbnb rental, for a couple hours upon our return from Maryland.
In the afternoon we drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, VA. We followed the Beach Access Road to Toms Cove, where we turned around. We had a few photo opportunities along the way.
The Egret flew off, and the Cormorant was joined by a friend.
From the refuge we drove to the Island Nature Trail on Chincoteague Island. We had not known about this trail during past visits to Chincoteague. The Island Nature Trail is located along both sides of Hallie Whealton Smith Drive. The land where the trail is located represents some of last large tracts of undeveloped land on Chincoteague Island. The south side of Hallie Whealton Smith Drive has an accessible 0.7 mile long, paved loop path complete with benches and interpretive signs. The north side of Hallie Whealton Smith Drive is a natural surface trail that loops approximately 0.45 miles through pine forest and glade. We went for a walk on the 0.7 mile loop trail.
There are three ponds that can be seen from the Island Nature Trail.
After our walk we returned to the wildlife refuge and drove around the Wildlife Loop, which opened up to vehicular traffic at 3:00 pm. The highlight of our drive around the Wildlife Loop was the sighting of several tundra swans.
On our way back to Tranquil Shores we stopped at Subway for take-out subs, which we ate at the house.
5 Responses to “Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 4 – Back in Virginia”
I did not know about this trail, I will check it out on our next trip. Your photos are beautiful, love the pine siskin, swan and your header photo.
You certainly had great weather to walk the Nature Trail, Linda, one which we have also walked. I had never seen a pine siskin before, so thanks for that shot too.
It was my first sighting of a pine Siskin!
Such a pretty trail! Loved the bird shots including your first sighting of the pine siskin. That’s always exciting to see a bird for the first time.
What a great place to spend Thanksgiving. Great photos and post.