The most famous thing about Chincoteague is the wild horses, and the book we've all read...Misty of Chincoteague:-) Chincoteague is not far from us at all, up the Eastern Shore. It took us 2hrs door to door, to get there, so really, a nice easy drive.
Even though it's so close to home, we've never been before.
It was soooo fun and relaxing. It was great to reconnect with Ben, I we haven't seen him in a few years. Ben and Brian have been friends since they were 9 years old, and around the time when we started dating, Ben & Brian lived together, and basically, Ben was present at every major and most minor events in our relationship. He was there for the deer story, and there with us in NYC when we got engaged, he's been up to Toronto multiple times to visit Brian & my family...we have a lot of great memories with Ben. For years, Ben was a wild and crazy mountain climber, climbing the highest and most treacherous mountains in the world, like Ama Dablam, Mt Vinson, Denali etc etc etc. He's climbed them all! He chose not to climb Everest in fact, as it is too commercialized, he feels, and also, although the highest, not the most difficult in his professional mountain climbing & guide opinion. Anyway, now he's married and getting domesticated...he's completed nursing school and is an RN. Although he mentioned going to volunteer as a medic on a mountain somewhere, so adventure is not completely out of his blood:-)
Ben's wife is Nicky, and joining us also on this vacation was Nicky's sister, and her husband and 2 children.
|Lots of frisbee was played. Brooks held his own with the men|
|There are always pretty things at the beach to look at and hurt your foot on:-)|
|On Saturday the water was really really rough, due to the tropical storm that came through on Friday|
|"Osh" (short for ocean) lover!|
|Running in and out of the surf|
|A little sand crab in there|
|balancing a light sabre on our walk|
|Our rental house, from the front|
|Rental house from the side|
|Our front yard|
|Our back yard - through the screened porch:-) Some members of our group went swimming off the dock, but we didn't|
|dinner? I don't like oysters (or clams), but Brian said they were the best he's ever had. The guys picked us up clams, oysters, rockfish and shrimp from a local fish vendor. We grilled everything up and had a DELICIOUS dinner.|
|Our front lawn had it's own Assateague lighthouse replica|
|It's "call letters" are the red and white stripes - no two lighthouses are painted in the same manner. The Assateague light house is a popular one to replicate, and also, the one in Cape Hatteras (that one is about 1.5 hrs from us)|
|We took a short hike to visit the famous Assateague Island light house|
A note about the horses - we didn't see any wild ones this time, but we didn't take the boat tour which would have increased our chances. We did see some penned up - While the horses are wild, they control how many there are and auction some off each year etc. They also do capture them to provide them with shots, etc, but other than that, they really are wild horses! We saw LOTS of horses on our weekend - from the wild spanish pony family - but they were all in pens:-)
Beach houses. I love them. This house was our neighbour. I want to live here!!
|A snapped a few more pics (that I will not bore you with) of houses similar in style to this one (swoon), and Kenna says to me "Why do you like houses that aren't even painted?!" LOL! I guess she's not a fan of the natural cedar shake:-)|
|This beauty was being built|
|This pretty house reminded me of a (huge) English cottage|
|Enjoying homemade ice cream at Island Creamery!|
|On Sunday morning, people were fishing in the ocean, near us. They caught a Northern Puffer Fish, and the thing stressed out and ballooned up! A rare sight, I'm sure. (They threw him back)|