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Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 6

Today (November 26th) is day 6 of our Thanksgiving week vacation.  It is Thanksgiving Day too.  I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning we went for a drive at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, VA.  We drove around the Wildlife Loop.  The Wildlife Loop, which is normally open to vehicular traffic from 3:00 pm to dusk, is open to vehicular traffic all day today through Sunday.   The sky was heavily overcast, and it was raining.  We saw very little wildlife on the Wildlife Loop.  

Leaving the Wildlife Loop, we drove on the Beach Access Road to Toms Cove and turned around.

We finally saw a Kingfisher!

We returned to the wildlife refuge early this afternoon.  The reason we chose to spend Thanksgiving week in Chincoteague came to fruition today.  Today begins Waterfowl Weekend.  There is a 7.5 mile service road off the Wildlife Loop that is open to the public only during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.  The service road opens at noon and closes at 4:00 pm.  We drove the service road today, arriving there shortly before noon.  We pulled off the Wildlife Loop behind other cars and waited the few minutes for the service road to open.  It should be noted that no one was permitted out of their vehicles, and we weren’t supposed to stop.  Traffic did stop at prime viewing spots, but a park ranger would show up to tell us to keep moving. It took us a little over 1 1/2 hours to drive the 15 miles round trip.  We saw the northern herd of wild ponies, as well as waterfowl. 

a Wild Pony Grazing

a Pair of Trumpeter Swans

a Great Blue Heron

Wild Ponies

Wild Pony

a Wild Pony

Wild Ponies

I loved seeing the ponies standing in the water.

a Wild Pony

Wild Ponies

a Wild Pony

the same Wild Pony walking toward me

Snow Geese!

We plan to drive the service road again tomorrow. 

For our Thanksgiving Day dinner Bob grilled steak.

Accompanying our steak we had store-bought potato salad, whole green beans (frozen), and applesauce.  It wasn’t a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner, but it was a good dinner.

5 Responses to “Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 6”

  1. Chris Caughey

    I LOVE all the pictures, but I especially adore the one of the kingfisher and the heron! Both seem so alive in the pictures here you might almost see them turn their heads and take off in flight!

    Reply
  2. Anonymous

    Your pictures are wonderful Linda and i enjoyed them so much. We have great blue herons here in British Columbia also and they’re a very beautiful bird.

    Reply

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