After our fun trip to Cape May, we were so excited to go on our next adventure to Assateague Island. This day trip has been on our list for awhile and we were told by so many people that we “had to go” so we were thrilled to finally go and see the “PONIES!” I probably drove Dave crazy chanting “PONIES” all weekend long. Have you seen the Jimmy Kimmel piece, “I Gave My Kids A Terrible Present?” To get an idea as to how I said PONIES, at about 3:50 in the clip you can check it out here, or below.
You’ll see the little kid talking about how he got PONIES from Santa. HI-LAR-IOUS. And if you haven’t seen the entire video, you should watch it. Anyway, once we arrived in the park, we stopped at the Visitor’s Center to grab some pamphlets and maps. Then we were off to the races.
We wondered if we would actually see PONIES because sometimes we don’t have the best luck when it comes to observing wildlife. We couldn’t believe it when we rounded the corner and there were 2 ponies, not one, not TWO! We (or I) was over the moon. Of course we’ve seen ponies before, but not Assateague ponies. We saw a few more before arriving at our first stop, Marsh Nature Trail. It’s a short little roundabout trail that offers nice views of the marsh. Throughout the day, we saw tons of hoof prints and I was afraid that we’d stumble upon the horseys, startle them and cause a stampede. After that nice little circuitous jaunt, we headed off to hike the Dunes Nature Trail.
We learned at the Visitor’s Center that about 60 years ago, the island was going to be developed, but a storm submerged the island and put a stop to everything. It was so bizarre to walk along the trail and see manmade features in such a beautiful place. We walked on crumbling asphalt that was slowly eroding away from the natural elements and passed by signs indicating the plots that were going to be for sale. The day was hot and it felt like we were walking in a desert. The whole trail was a walk in the sand and we were thankful to have our hiking boots.
By the end of this hike we were ready to hit the beach. We started walking along the beach and as in our usual style we just kept walking and walking until we were the only ones on the beach. We were getting ready to turn around and start heading back when Dave spotted them….a herd of wild ponies off in the distance. They were a good mile away so we plowed forward hoping that they wouldn’t run away….and they didn’t. We sat on the beach and took so many pictures. We reveled in the moment. They were so beautiful and it was so awesome to see them playing and trotting around. We hung around with them for a good hour before they headed farther into the dunes. What a fantastic end to such a beautiful Easter Sunday day trip. (That evening we headed to Dogfish Head for dinner, got ice cream at Archies on Rehoboth Avenue and strolled along the boardwalk)
WHAT WE BROUGHT
1 North Face backpack
ShOW ME THE DOUGH
Fuel=~110 miles round trip=$12.00
On Easter weekend, we got our act together and decided to take a few days off from work to see some sites that are a hop, skip, and jump away from our hometown. We had big plans to head out west, but didn’t want to pay the hefty Easter fare, so we opted to stay closer to home. We set our hearts on Cape May….and I sang “On the Way to Cape May” all the way up until we boarded the ferry. It was a beautiful, but very windy day. We had both been to Cape May before, but it was many moons ago as kids. The ferry ride from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May was probably the best part of the whole trip. We loved watching the Gannet birds following the ferry and diving down to eat up the fish that the ferry was churning up. It was an incredible site to see and completely entertaining…it kept our minds off of the blustery and chilly winds. We also caught a glimpse of a school of dolphins cashing in on the free food courtesy of the ferry. Animals and humans alike were taking advantage of the day as the kite surfers were out in full force too!
Midway through the ferry ride, we realized that the ferry shuttle bus not in operation since it was the off-season. Shoot, now what? After we got off of the ferry, we spoke to the lady at the info desk and she recommended a cab company to us. The ferry is a few miles away from Cape May, so walking would seriously eat into your day and that wouldn’t be any fun. So, we called for a cab and we were on our way. The cab dropped us off at Washington Street Mall and off we went to explore. We walked along the Washington Street Mall and checked out the little shops and then headed down the side streets to check out the Victorian homes and then we ended up to the Promenade but it was so windy that I almost blew away. So, we headed back inland, where we got ice cream and window-shopped. Dave entered a raffle for a brand new Mercedes….he eyed up the kiosk for a good 5 minutes before purchasing his tickets. He’s so sure that he won but we won’t know until October…so we’ll see!
Sadly, we never made it to the lighthouse and wildlife refuge. Had the weather been a little tamer and had we had more time, we probably would have rented bikes to get there. Oh well, can’t do it all and there’s always next time of course.
On the ferry ride back to Lewes, we sat in the front cabin and basked in the sunlight exhausted from the busy day. We met Dave’s Dad and Melinda in Millsboro, Delaware at Abbott’s Grill. We both got the Bison Burger…Dave is always copying my menu selections. The meal was great. If you like quality food that’s fresh and local, go here. After dinner, we headed back to Rehoboth, Delaware and retired early as we had to rest up for our next day trip.
Spring has sprung indeed in the Washington, DC area! Since it was the Cherry Blossom’s 100th anniversary and since the weather was unseasonably spectacular….and since my commute was tolerable, we raced down on bicycles via the Mount Vernon Trail to take in all of the trees full-blooming splendor. We’ve seen the Cherry Blossom’s before, but not in full bloom. You can recap our first experience back in 2007 here. Yes, we know…..back then we were total amateurs. Then we went again two years ago to see the blooms with my family, but they weren’t all the way bloomed either, so this time….we were ready, equipped, and prepared to complete our mission successfully. We followed the Cherry Blossom webcam and reports to find “the best and finest time” to visit these delicate candy-like beauties. And we nailed it this time! We locked our bikes up at the Jefferson Memorial and followed the whole Tidal Basin in a counter-clockwise fashion. Not sure if the other way would have been better because the place was JP. But, we survived the crowds. We got to see the sun set behind the Martin Luther King Memorial…not together unfortunately as I literally “ran off into the sunset” to try to catch photos of that fiery orange bowl just before it dipped below the trees. Dave caught up shortly thereafter…funny that his pictures turned out better than mine! We walked through the Roosevelt Memorial. I think what we remembered most about the day was how happy everyone was. Everyone seemed to be living in the moment. Lots of people met after work and had their telescopic SLR cameras (wishwehadanslrcameratoo…maybe soon), people were picnicking, painting, reflecting, enjoying, and loving everything about the day.
So after the sun set, we were about 3/4 of the way around the Tidal Basin. The sky turned into a purple haze and the yellow lights from the city made it a photographer’s dream shot we’re sure. After returning back to our bikes, Dave realized that the battery to the front of his bicycle was dead. Whomp, whomp. And I didn’t have any bike lights…double whomp. So that meant that we got to ride all the way home in the dark which meant that we were super embarrassed because we know that if the tables were turned, we’d have classified us as “those people.” So, I improvised to let fellow bikers/runners know of our presence…….I simply yelled “ring ring” to pretend that I had a bell. People probably thought I was crazy….but hey, you do what you gotta do. The important thing is that we got home safely.
It was a great evening and a wonderful way to break up the busy work week. We are certainly grateful to live right down the road from such a beautiful metropolis.
WHAT WE BROUGHT
Light jackets/long-sleeved tees
LIVE AND LEARN
We need bike lights that work and bells from Amazon ASAP.