While I never got the pony, I had always wanted to visit the Island. I first did so twenty years ago while I spent some extended time in Virginia. Virginia, by the way, where many here still refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression!
|Tall Pines Harbor Waterfront Campground|
We missed the spring pony round up which occurs later in April. The Annual Pony Swim takes place in July. The wild pony herd is managed by the Chicoteague Volunteer Fire Company (Home of the Saltwater Cowboys) as a fundraiser. They manage about 150 pony's of the southern herd on the Island.
We spent a day exploring the Island, starting at the Tom's Cove Visitors Center. While standing on the beach, cold wind blowing, it struck us how fortunate we are that within the span of several short weeks we have set foot in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
We walked the mile and a half Woodland Trail, where we saw a half dozen ponies that came out from the shelter of the woods if only for a few minutes.
Followed by a drive along the Wildlife Loop, seeing many water birds including several Great Blue Herons.
|Snow Goose Pool|
|Assateague Light House|