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Oct 13, 2015 - Footsteps in the Sand

Today we enjoyed a relaxing day on the Atlantic shore, with a long walk along the beach at Assateague Wildlife Reserve. Very relaxing to watch all the shorebirds, lots of seagulls and crabs and shifting sands, moving along with the tide. Also walked a trail that leads to a lighthouse and an area where the wild ponies are. One pony was near the parking lot, as a park greeter. We could see several in the distance but too far away to get a clear picture. Then sipped a glass of wine as we watched the sunset over the water from our hotel...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Chincoteague & Assateague Islands - VA

Hello Everyone, Today as we head to the upcoming Truck Camper Rally, we stopped at the Eastern Shore of Virginia for 3 days to see both Chincoteague & Assateague islands! These are the outermost islands on the coast of Virginia, and proved to be an excellent place to visit! We stayed at a very nice campground, Maddox Family Campground, which was an easy scooter ride onto Assateague Island. On this island, there is much to see including beautiful beaches, a lighthouse, and wild ponies wandering around all over! To see all the fun, click on...

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Jun 1, 2008 - Horses of Chincoteague

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge - Sunday, June 1 When Marguerite Henry wrote Misty of Chincoteague in 1947, she gave generations of children a classic horse story, and she brought to our national attention two islands that lie off the coast of northern Virginia. Assateague and Chincoteague Islands lie next to each other, with Assateague being the outer barrier island and Chincoteague, the smaller of the two, sandwiched between Assateague and the mainland. Misty was a wild horse, born on Assateague Island in 1946, and while the book is...

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2008 Keys 2 Canada

Oct 28, 2007 - sunrise and dolphins

We woke early enough to wander over to the beach to watch the sunrise (after all, it's fall, so the sunrise isn't that early). Huge flocks of black ducks have been making their way to the preserve on the southern part of the island. Sometimes, their formations are just black blobs - like balls of yarn - the ducks are so thick. But then the ball starts to unravel into the flying formation. They fly so silently - unlike geese. As we headed back to camp, I caught sight of a fin out of the corner of my eye. A dolphin, fairly close, was...

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Oct 27, 2007 - the wild horses of Asseteague

The morning began with a sign of hope - a sunrise (we actually almost saw the sun). We watched it come up over the Atlantic. Then the clouds covered it up, and the rain came in. We took a drive to explore the park, and about 15 minutes later, we were done. This is a small national park! Most of the island is not open to vehicles - it's such a small and fragile environment - it makes sense to restrict vehicles to just 1 end. We went for a short "hike" through some sand dunes and "trees" (tall shrubs). It was a loop hike and we walked into...

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