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.
Assateague Island Sunrise
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.
The Assateague Lighthouse is visible across from Little Toms Cove.
We opted not to walk the Assateague Lighthouse trail this year.
We 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.
Chincoteague 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.
Captain 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.
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.
Runners on Main Street
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.
Chincoteague Island docked boat
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.
Here comes the Easter bunny.
The Easter bunny posed for lots of pictures.
On your mark, get set and GO!
Some children picked up Easter eggs near them,
while others ran to pick up the eggs the farthest away.
Easter 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.
Great Blue Heron
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.
Marsh Trail Scene
Marsh Trail Scene
Marsh Trail Scene
The overlook was our destination.
Marsh Trail Scene
I am standing on the overlook.
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.
Chincoteague Wild Pony
It was very clear along the Assateague Island National Seashore, a big difference from Friday’s foggy scene.
Assateague Island National Seashore
After leaving the seashore, we stopped opposite Little Toms Cove.
My best photograph of the Northern Shoveler Duck!
These wading birds were fun to watch!
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!
Farther along Beach Access Road we spotted a Kingfisher, a first for both of us.
We ate a late lunch about 20 miles from Chincoteague Island at Metompkin Seafood Market
Metompkin Seafood Market
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.
You 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.”
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.
Wildlife Loop Deer
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.
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.
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!