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Easter Vacation – Assateague Island, VA

Background

Located on the East Coast along the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island is the largest, natural barrier island ecosystem in the Middle Atlantic states region that remains predominantly unaffected by human development.  The Virginia portion of the island is designated as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the exception of 448 acres in the refuge’s Toms Cove area maintained by the National Park Service. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the southern end of Assateague Island should not be confused with Chincoteague Island, the neighboring island to the west with a residential community on it. One must drive through Chincoteague Island in order to reach Assateague Island.

 

On Friday, March 30th, we ate breakfast at the hotel.  I had scrambled eggs, bacon and a waffle.  Boy did that waffle smell good, as it cooked!  I added strawberries, along with some whipped cream, to the top of my waffle.  As is customary at most, if not all, Best Western hotels, breakfast is complementary.  Best Western Chincoteague Island provides an excellent breakfast for its guests.

At 9:00 am we drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The Best Western Chincoteague Island is less than 1 mile from the entrance to the wildlife refuge.  Admission to the refuge is $20.00, which is good for multiple days.  We didn’t have to pay the admission fee, as I purchased a National Park Service senior pass in February, when I turned 62 years old. We drove to the Toms Cove Visitor Center at the Assateague Island National Seashore, where I got our Passport to Your National Parks stamped and purchased a page of souvenir stamps. Assateague Island National Seashore (Virginia) is the first National Park that we have visited, since purchasing the Passport.

We made two round trips along Beach Access Road. We saw several northern shoveler ducks, several egrets, and one great blue heron.  We didn’t see any ponies.

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_LG25574Close-up Picture of Egret

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Egret on Tree Branch

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We returned to the hotel around 11:00 am. It was a windy, overcast, rainy, and dreary day. The 55 degree temperature, though, was nice. Weather conditions improved in the afternoon, so we returned to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

In additional to making several round trips along Beach Access Road, we walked the Woodland Trail.

The Woodland Trail is a 2-mile round trip.  We saw a few ponies off in the distance, during our walk on the trail.

IMG_20180330_135122Chincoteague Wild Ponies
(Photo by Bob)

_LG25595An Assateague Wild Pony

The trees along Woodland Trail have been destroyed by a southern pine beetle infestation.

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The only thing that fell during our walk was a few rain drops… No branches or trees.
(Photo by Bob)

We drove around the Wildlife Loop two times.  The Wildlife Loop is a 3¼ mile loop and 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 only permitted to drive on it from 3:00 pm. till dusk. This trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.  We saw very little wildlife during our two drives.  On the second trip we did see several deer crossing through a marshy area. I didn’t have my camera with me on that drive. The deer, though, would have been too far away for a good picture.

Our Chincoteague Vacation (Part 3 of 3)

This blog post continues our 3-day Easter weekend vacation at Chincoteague Island.  Our first vacation day was a travel day.  We spent much of our second vacation day at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center and exploring Assateague Island.

On Saturday, March 26th, we drove to the Assateague Island National Seashore at 6:00 am to watch the sun rise at 6:55 am.

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While on our way back to the hotel from the seashore, we made a couple stops along Beach Access Road.  Our first stop was at Little Toms Cove.

_LG20585 4x6The Assateague Lighthouse is visible across from Little Toms Cove.
We opted not to walk the Assateague Lighthouse trail this year.

_LG20586 4x6We saw Northern Shoveler Ducks on Friday.
We were rewarded with their presence again on Saturday.

 

We saw ponies at our second stop on Beach Access Road.

_LG20590 4x6Chincoteague Wild Pony

Back at the hotel we ate breakfast in our hotel room, as it was quite crowded in the breakfast room and too chilly to sit on the outside patio.

After breakfast we drove into the town of Chincoteague. At the draw bridge we turned right onto Main Street and followed it to the end, where there was a turn around.  We made three stops on Main Street.

Our first stop was at the Captain Timothy Hill House.

_LG20597 4x6Captain Timothy Hill House (c. 1800)
Oldest house on Chincoteague Island

The Captain Timothy Hill House is the oldest house on Chincoteague Island.  We were not able to tour the house interior, as the house was closed for the season.

Our second stop was at a house with a miniature replica of itself built beside a mailbox.

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A house and its miniature replica

Our third stop was at a yard sale, where I picked up the game Connect and four bags of small plastic toys for our granddaughters.

We made our way back to the traffic light at the draw bridge. We crossed over VA 175 and drove into downtown Chincoteague on Main Street. We were soon stopped by runners.

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Runners on Main Street

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A search on Facebook revealed that Saturday was the Bay to Bay 10K & 5K Run/Walk Event.  All proceeds from this event support the Chincoteague YMCA financial assistance program.  We did continue our drive on Main Street, slowly, encountering runners all the way and on the return trip.

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The Chincoteague Channel runs alongside Main Street.  This boat was docked near where we turned around to return to downtown Chincoteague.  I applied a texture effect to the original photograph and love the result.

An Easter egg hunt followed the Bay to Bay 10K & 5K Run/Walk Event.  Upon our return to downtown Chincoteague, we parked across from the Robert Reed Park. We walked over to the park and watched the Easter egg hunt.

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Here comes the Easter bunny.

_LG20612 4x6The Easter bunny posed for lots of pictures.

_LG20620 4x6On your mark, get set and GO!

_LG20621 4x6Some children picked up Easter eggs near them,
while others ran to pick up the eggs the farthest away.

_LG20622 4x6Easter Egg Hunt

After the Easter egg hunt we made a return trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The highlight of that trip was a great blue heron.

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Great Blue Heron

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I watched this great blue heron for about 30 minutes.  The only movement the heron made, during that time, was to stretch its neck!

Later in the morning we returned to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We parked at the Wildlife Loop and walked the ½ mile Marsh Trail.

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The overlook was our destination.

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You can see Marsh Trail, leading up to the overlook.

After walking the Marsh Trail, we drove along Beach Access Road to the Assateague Island National Seashore.  A Chincoteague wild pony was closer to the Beach Access Road than it had been all weekend.

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Chincoteague Wild Pony

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It was very clear along the Assateague Island National Seashore, a big difference from Friday’s foggy scene.

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After leaving the seashore, we stopped opposite Little Toms Cove.

_LG20671 4x6My best photograph of the Northern Shoveler Duck!

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These wading birds were fun to watch!

UPDATE 4/1/2016: 
I emailed Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for help in identifying the birds in these two photographs.  The top photograph “features a greater yellow legs on the left and that bird is transitioning to breeding plumage. The other two birds are also yellow legs, but probably lesser. The bottom photograph “Few birds. Foreground is another lesser yellow legs. Far right is a long billed dowitcher. Smaller birds are dunlin and the other larger birds middle and left are short billed dowitcher.”  Thank you, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, for identifying these birds!

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Farther along Beach Access Road we spotted a Kingfisher, a first for both of us.

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Belted Kingfisher

We ate a late lunch about 20 miles from Chincoteague Island at Metompkin Seafood Market

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We found this seafood market by asking Siri, iPhone’s virtual assistant, where to find a good place to eat near Wallops Island.  Siri made an excellent choice.

20160326_181220969_iOS 4x6You place your order here, either for fresh seafood or for fried seafood.

The menu is behind the counter, but it is located outside on the patio wall as well.  While looking at the outside menu, a woman walked by and remarked “Order one of everything.  Everything is good.”

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We both ordered fried seafood platters.  We waited 15-20 minutes, I believe, for our meals.  It was standing room only inside that tiny shack!  We struck up a conversation with a local man, who has been coming to Metompkin Seafood for 10+ years.  He told us everything on the menu is good.  We ate our meals on the patio outside.  The man with whom we struck up a conversation inside joined us outside at our table.  The conversation was pleasant, and our meals were very filling and tasted great!  We would definitely make a return trip to Metompkin Seafood Market!

Returning to Chincoteague Island, we made another trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It was after 3:00 pm, so it was possible once again to drive the car around the Wildlife Loop. We actually drove the loop two times. I am happy that we decided to drive twice around the Wildlife Loop, as we saw a deer the second time around.

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As we approached the deer, a car was in front of us stopped on Wildlife Loop looking at the deer.  The deer turned around and went back into the weeds.  The stopped car moved on.  We slowly approached the place where the deer had been.  Bob pulled off the road and turned off the engine.  I got out of the car, standing behind the hood.  We waited for a few minutes.  The deer popped its head out and quickly pranced across the road.  It really wanted to get to the other side!

Before returning to the hotel we drove to the Island Creamery for dessert.

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the Island Creamery

The Island Creamery, which sells homemade ice cream, is a popular place. It was busy, but the line moved faster than we expected.

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Bob ordered 2 scoops of Java Jolt ice cream; I ordered one scoop of Marsh Mud ice cream and one scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. Delicious! I wouldn’t have ordered the Marsh Mud ice cream, if it hadn’t been recommended to me by a couple in line behind us. They told us, when that ice cream was first made, it was made incorrectly. However, everyone liked that ice cream, so they kept making it the wrong way.

We returned to our hotel, the Best Western Chincoteague, around 5:00 pm. I noticed that the hotel cleaning woman had placed an Easter chocolate on each of our pillows.  What a nice touch!

We checked out of the hotel at 5:00 am on Easter Sunday and began our drive back home. Our ETA was 12:53 pm.   We made a few stops on the way home, the longest stop being at Cracker Barrel in Hagerstown MD.  We stopped there for breakfast.  We both ordered the Sunrise Sampler.  We returned home around 2:30 pm.

We are talking already about our next vacation in Chincoteague!

 

Our Chincoteague Vacation (Part 2 of 3)

This blog post continues our 3-day Easter weekend vacation at Chincoteague Island.  Our first vacation day was a travel day.

On Friday, March 25th, we ate breakfast around 6:30 am at the hotel. Our complimentary breakfast selections included scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and sausage gravy, a variety of breads and bagels, cold and hot cereals, a variety of hot and cold beverages, waffles, and pastries. After breakfast we returned to our room and enjoyed a second cup of tea/coffee, while sitting on our third floor balcony. The rain, which was in Friday’s forecast, had not yet started. It was a breezy 57 degrees. I was comfortable sitting outside, with a fleece jacket on.

A little later in the morning we drove the 12 miles to Route U.S. Route 13 for gas at the Exxon station. When we reached the U.S. Route 13-Chincoteague Road intersection the night before, the fuel station had just closed for the day. Bob wanted to get gas there to earn Plenti points. There is a Food Lion store next door to the Exxon station. We made a quick stop there to pick up a few grocery items. We returned to the hotel to drop off our purchases. Soon afterward we left the hotel and drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located on Assateague Island.  The Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel is very close to the wildlife refuge, less than 1 mile away from the gate.

There is an admission fee charged to enter Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, unless you are on foot or bicycle. Daily admission costs $8.00 per vehicle. A weekly pass costs $15.00. We purchased the weekly pass, as we planned to visit the wildlife refuge on Saturday as well. When I am 62 years old, in 2 more years, I will be eligible to purchase a lifetime national park pass for $10.00. That pass will be a worthwhile purchase!

We followed Beach Access Road to the Assateague Island National Seashore. (See Google map of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge provided below.)

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We saw a fawn soon after passing through the wildlife refuge gate. I missed the shot, as I didn’t have the camera ready to shoot.  It was a windy and rainy morning; the lighting poor.

_LG20373 4x6Seagull at Assateague Island National Seashore

_LG20378 4x6Northern Shoveler alongside Beach Access Road, across from Little Toms Cove

We returned to our hotel, when the rain began to fall so hard that it was difficult to see anything.

Late morning we visited the NASA Visitor Center, which is located on Wallops Island about 5 miles from the Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel. According to its About Us webpage, the visitor center “features exhibits about aeronautics, orbital and sub-orbital rockets, scientific balloons, current missions, and the history of Wallops Flight Facility. In addition to exhibits, the Visitor Center also features an auditorium, a Science on the Sphere Theater, an observation deck, as well as numerous free public programs, events, and group tours of the facility. The Visitor Center also serves as the viewing site for rockets that launch from Wallops Island. Located inside the Visitor Center, the Gift Shop, open seasonally, offers models, patches, games, clothing and a variety of NASA souvenirs.”  The outside grounds has rockets and aircraft used for space and aeronautical research including a full-scale four stage reentry vehicle used to study the earth’s atmosphere.  I took several photographs, while at the visitor center.

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The Nike-Cajun sounding rocket
is able to carry a 77-pound payload to a height
of about 90 miles and has been used at Wallops
since 1956.

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Four-stage Reentry Vehicles were used to study phenomena
associated with high speed reentry
through the Earth’s atmosphere including
radio transmissions during reentry conditions.

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 Space suit seen inside auditorium

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In the auditorium we watched an informative 20-minute film about the space mission.

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Bob took this picture of me wearing a space suit.

_LG20390 4x6This is the view from the observation deck.

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This rocket was visible from the observation deck.
A much better picture was possible from the ground.
Little Joe was used to test the Mercury Spacecraft prior to manned light.
Monkeys Sam and Miss Sam were launched from Wallops
utilizing this rocket vehicle.

We walked behind the Visitor Center and found three more exhibits.

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This rocket was not identified.
Bob said to say it was a UFO.

_LG20395 4x6The Astrobee F, a solid-propellant sounding rocket first launched from Wallops Island in 1972,
could lift a 200-pound payload to about 260 miles altitude.

_LG20397 4x6The Aerobee 150, a liquid-propellant sounding rocket with a six-foot solid-propellant booster,
was used from 1955 to 1985.  It could lift a 150-pound payload to 160 miles altitude.

After visiting the NASA Visitor Center, we ate lunch at Royal Farms.  Royal Farms is a privately owned chain of gas station/convenience stores headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The store is very reminiscent of Sheetz, a gas station/convenience store with which we are familiar.

After lunch, on our way back to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, we stopped briefly at the Public Landing at Queen Sound located on Wallops Island alongside VA 175.  Two seagulls were vying for my attention.

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Queen Sound Seagulls

We soon made our way back to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  We followed Beach Access Road, once again, to the Assateague Island National Seashore.

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Friday’s weather was quite changeable…heavy rain, thunder and lightning to heavy fog to sunshine with temperatures in the upper 70s. I have never seen fog such as in these two photographs, while at the seashore.

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Everyone still had fun!

 

We turned around at the seashore and was again driving along Beach Access Road.

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We watched this egret for quite some time alongside Beach Access Road.  The egret sat in this tree for a long time.  All of a sudden, the egret flew to the water below.  I missed photographing the short flight.  We watched several more minutes, while the egret fished.

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Our next stop was the Woodland Trail.

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This is Woodland Trail (photo taken by Bob).  It was shocking to see how much the area had changed from when we walked the trail in past years.  There were so many dead and fallen trees that the area looked barren. An Internet search revealed that this area suffered from a southern pine beetle infestation that killed many trees this past fall.

_LG20448 4x6We saw this pair of Vultures, soon after beginning our walk on the Woodland Trail.

The Woodland Trial is one of the best places to see the wild ponies of Chincoteague.  You have to walk about a half mile into the trail to get to the observation platform from which you can see the ponies.  There are signs marking the way to the pony viewing so you can’t miss it.  We saw several wild ponies grazing off in the distance.

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From the Woodland Trail we drove to the Wildlife Loop, which opens to vehicular traffic at 3:00 pm.  While driving around the loop, we saw an egret, a pair of Mallard Ducks, and a pair of Canadian Geese.

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Wildlife Loop wildlife

We, then, returned to hotel and relaxed for about 1 1/2 hours, until 5:00 pm.

We ate dinner at the Chincoteague Diner & Restaurant, conveniently located next door to our hotel. This was our first meal besides Sheetz-like sandwich wraps and fast food burgers that we ate since leaving home on Thursday at 12:30 pm. Bob ordered a prime rib dinner. I ordered a meat loaf dinner. We each ordered dessert too. Bob had a slice of coconut cake, and I had a slice of chocolate cake. Service was excellent, and dinner was delicious.

We returned to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, after dinner. We drove the Wildlife Loop once again. Then we followed Beach Access Road to the Assateague Island National Seashore.  I watched the ocean waves for a time, while waiting for sunset.

_LG20493 4x6Assateague Island National Seashore

We watched the sunset from the boardwalk Toms Cove Visitor Center.

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At 7:30 pm we returned to our hotel, where we stayed for rest of the night.

Easter Vacation in Virginia – Day 4: Assateague Island Revisited

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!

At the end of Beach Road is Toms Cove and the Assateague Island National Seashore.

The Assateague Lighthouse can be seen from Toms Cove.

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.

 

Panoramic view of Snow Goose Pool from the Wildlife Loop

The Assateague Lighthouse can be seen
from one of two observation platforms on Snow Goose Pond.

This solitary tree drew both my and Bob’s attention.

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!

Easter Vacation in Virginia – Day 4: Assateague Island Egrets

As I wrote in my previous blog post, 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.  The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. The refuge provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds as well as other species of wildlife, including the famous Chincolteague ponies, and plants.

Here is a map of both Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, obtained from the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge brochure. If you right click with your mouse on the map and choose to “Open link in New Tab”, you can view the map as a larger size image.

 

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Once on Assateague Island we followed Beach Road to Tom’s Cove, hoping to see birds and ponies. We saw several egret but not one pony.

Snowy Egret

This egret was in the marsh area where we saw ponies, when we visited a few years ago.

The egret was fishing.

After several attempts to capture a photograph of the egret with a successful catch, I gave up and continued our drive on Beach Road.  Before reaching Tom’s Cove I found a few more egret.

a Great Egret

a Great Egret in flight

a Great Egret landing

 

 

Upon reaching Tom’s Cove, we turned around to make our way back to Chincoteague Island.  Before leaving Tom’s Cove, though, I snapped this photograph of a seagull that hasn’t learned to read.

Seagull at Tom’s Cove

It was close to 11:00 am, when we departed Assateague Island. It was still too early to check into our hotel, so we decided to do lunch. We ate lunch at the Chincoteague Diner, which happened to be next door to our hotel. You may recall that it was Easter Sunday.  It is traditional that we eat a ham dinner for Easter Sunday.  The diner menu did not include ham, at least not the type of ham I am accustomed to.  The special of the day was something called ham oyster.  The ham was probably okay, but I wasn’t interested in an oyster dinner!  I ordered a center-cut pork chop dinner; Bob ordered Stuffed Mushroom stuffed with crab meat.The service and food was good.

After lunch, we drove through downtown Chincoteague.  I will share photographs that I took on Chincoteague Island in a future blog post.

We checked into the Best Western Chincoteague Island around 1:30 pm. Our hotel room was spacious with two queen beds, easy chair, activity table, and private balcony from which we could see the Assateague Lighthouse. After checking in we relaxed in our room until 4:00 pm, when we returned to Assateague Island.

In my next Easter vacation blog post I will share the photographs that I took of Chincoteague Island.  There will be more photographs that I took on Assateague Island, too, in a future blog post.

 

 

Easter Vacation in Virginia – Day 4: Assateague Lighthouse

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 enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise, as we crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel,
en route Chincoteague Island.

We were standing at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, when I took this picture.  We had just crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel.  The Bridge we crossed would have been to the right of where I took this picture.

 

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.

This sign provided information in regard to the Lighthouse Trail.
We reached the lighthouse via a ¼-mile trail.

Bob took this picture of me, while on the Lighthouse Trail.

Assateague Lighthouse

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!

View from top of Lighthouse

The view from the top of the lighthouse is magnificent!

On the way back to the parking lot from the lighthouse, I saw a turkey vulture sunning itself on top of a tree branch.

Bob took this picture of me on the trail.  If you look closely, you can see the turkey vulture in the tree.

 

Turkey Vulture sunning itself

 

Easter Vacation 2011

Bob and I extended the Easter holiday and went on vacation to Virginia Beach, Virginia. We spent 1 night in Winchester, Virginia; 4 nights in Virginia Beach; and 1 night in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

The highlights of our vacation included:

a brief stop in Tappahannock, Virginia;

soaking up the sun and warmth on the oceanfront while in Virginia Beach, Virginia;

visiting the Norfolk Botanical Garden with friends;

spending Easter Day with friends;

driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; and

visiting Assateague Island, Virginia, on our way back home.

Here is a slideshow with photographs of the highlights of our vacation.

I want to mention one other vacation highlight, one not so pleasant. En route Virginia Beach we spent one night at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn in Winchester, Virginia. The AC receptacles in our room were worn to the point that anything plugged into them would simply fall out, without even a nudge. That night my husband emailed Best Western International in regards these AC receptacles, stating that they might be considered a hazard in some locations. The next morning, after showering, I plug in the hotel’s hair dryer …

BOOM
A FLASH OF LIGHT

The hairdryer shorted out when I attempted to blow dry my hair.

I went to the hotel lobby and asked the desk clerk if he had a hair dryer that I could borrow. The desk clerk makes a joke out of my question by looking in his pockets for a hair dryer. I told the desk clerk that this was not a laughing matter. I turned on my camera and showed him the photograph displayed above. His manner changed at that point. He found me another room, where I could use the hair dryer to dry my hair. He was very apologetic. I didn’t allow the story to end here. We hung around until the office manager showed up at 8:00 AM. I related my story to the office manager. We received our money back for the night’s stay.
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Brown About

The Motorhome Adventures of Joan and Stephen

My Mommy's Place

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A Tree Falling

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Mr. Bill's Travel Blog

Amputee Travel... let the adventures begin!

Viewing nature with Eileen

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Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

Deep Thoughts

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Rambling On

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Talk and Chatter

Reviews, talk, and fun

Senior Moments

The random musings of a fairly active Tennessee retiree

Pics & Pieces

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PHOTOJOURNAL OF CORKER2

TRYING TO DO THIS WITHOUT A DEGREE!

Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer

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MY QUALITY TIME

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Linda's Peaceful Place

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Life's Funny Like That

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JOYFUL REFLECTIONS

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I'll give you a piece of my mind

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Hospitality Lane

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Gretchen's Traveling

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An English Girl Rambles from 2016 to ....

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