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Assateague Island National Seashore - Site C46

Assateague Island National Seashore - Site C46, another view

Assateague Island National Seashore - Site C46, and another

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel - $28 for the Mothership pulling...

A couple of freighters in the harbor

The first tunnel

Getting ready to come out of the first tunnel

The break in the land is where we go under again in...

A destroyer getting ready to go over the top while we are...

Nearing the end of the bridge-tunnel - 20 miles long

One of the great homes on the Virginia East Shore


And another

A nice farm

One of the wild horses on Assateague Island

A couple more wild horses. The Atlantic Ocean is just behind the...

You can see they are in the Oceanside Campground

Some more wild horses near our campground

These guys are really beautiful and in much better shape than the...

The sea is a little angry this afternoon on Assateague Island

A couple of deer near the campgrounds. They appear to be a...

This is a better shot of one of them

A rabbit near the Oceanside Campgrounds

A couple of Herring Gulls taking it easy

This was taken out the windshield of the Mothership back at camp

A gnarled tree on the Dunes Trail

A stunted growth Oak tree on the Dunes Trail - notice how...

Some of the dunes and their vegetation on the Dunes Trail

Some Loblolly Pimes on the Forest Trail - they only reach about...

Guess what this is - yeap, Poison Ivy on the Forest Trail...

One of the salt marshes at the end of the Forest Trail

Another marsh on the Forest Trail - you can see Sinetuxent Bay...

Some shacks on the mainland side of the bay

We think these are Willets on the Marsh Trail

A Mallard taking off on the Marsh Trail

A view of part of the Marsh Trail

A small herd of wild horses seen from the Marsh trail on...

A closer shot of those wild horses

The ocean isn't quite so angry today - this is looking North...

This is looking South down Assateague Island

A Yellow Warbler about 10 feet in front of the Mothership

One of the many birds on the island

Some wild horses in the site across from us

We left Little Creek Campground a little after 9:00 Monday morning and a nice 130 mile drive later we were at our new campsite in Assateague Island National Seashore about 1:30 in the afternoon. We have no hookups but decent cell coverage and the campsite is huge and is waterfront on the bay as you can see in our campsite pictures. The National Seashore is located just a mile or so South of the Maryland Assateague State Park. It has two campgrounds, the Oceanside Campground which is just that and separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a sand dune. The Bayside Campgrund is on the other side of the Island and fronts Sinepuxent Bay. We chose the Bayside as neither of us really are crazy about the ocean and we figured we would have less flying sand this early in the season and the wind has been blowing pretty hard since we arrived. It started raining about three hours after our arrival and was intermittent all Monday evening.

We went riding around not long after setting up camp and located a few of the wild horses and other wildlife as well. The horses are called ponies but are really horses that have their growth stunted by the salt grass and brackish water they eat and drink. After seeing the wild horses in the Dakotas, we were surprised to see these in really good shape. They seem well fed and almost cared for with shiny coats and hair that was anything but unkempt.

Tuesday brought us inclement weather and it rained all day. We just stayed in the Mothership and caught up on reading and a little cleaning up. We did manage to play a little Yahtzee in the late afternoon after the skies cleared a little. Wednesday the skies cleared and we headed for the trails. There are three different ecologies present on the island and they have a trail in each: the Dunes trail which is closer to the shoreline and shows how the dunes are formed and how the salt intense atmosphere influences the growth of vegetation; the Forest Trail which is in the middle of the island and contains mostly pine trees and a small pond or two; and the Marsh Trail which shows the salt marshes on the bay side of the island. They were all very interesting and I have included a few pictures to show the differences.

Thursday was a lazy day and we just sat around enjoying the views from our campsite. This is truly a very nice place to camp. We also spent sometime getting ready for the trip tomorrow when we continue our journey up the East coast to Colt's Neck, NJ where we will be staying at the Earle Naval Weapons Station Famcamp. To get there we will have to take the Coastal Highway through the East Coast portion of Delaware then ride the ferry to Cape May, NJ and then continue up the Garden State Parkway past Atlantic City to Colt's Neck.

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