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Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland)

WHEN

April 8, 2012

ABOUT THE TRIP

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

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  • IPhone4S
  • 1 North Face backpack
  • Layered clothing
  • Hiking Boots
  • Clif Bars
  • Panasonic FZ8
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Moolah
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      ShOW ME THE DOUGH

      Entrance Pass=$15.00
      Fuel=~110 miles round trip=$12.00

      GRAND TOTAL: $27.00


      PHOTOS

Cape May for a Day (Cape May, NJ)

WHEN

April 7, 2012

ABOUT THE TRIP

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.

WHAT WE BROUGHT

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  • IPhone4S
  • 1 North Face backpack
  • Layered clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Clif Bars
  • Panasonic FZ8
  • Hats >
  • Sunglasses
  • Moolah
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      SHOW ME THE DOUGH

      Ferry ride=$36.00
      Ice Cream=~$4.50 + tax
      Magnet=$3.95 + tax
      Taxi=$34.00 (including tip)
      Fuel=~$2.00

      GRAND TOTAL: $79.00


      PHOTOS

Slaughter Beach

Slaughter Beach, Delaware

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About the Trip

Our original plan was to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware which is where my parents have a place…..but after hitting a 4-mile backup on the Bay Bridge and hitting delays on Route 1 in Delaware, we quickly recalculated our plans and decided to head to Slaughter Beach, which is where Dave’s dad has a place.  Slaughter Beach is a remote town that is famous for its horseshoe crabs and bird watching.  Usually, we head down to Slaughter Beach in the evenings to watch the sunset and eat a great dinner, but today we turned our visit into a day trip.

We arrived at around 10:30 am.  I drank some coffee and wanted to relax for a little bit.  While Dave, his dad, and his dad’s girlfriend Melinda, went on a long walk towards the south end of Slaughter Beach, towards Prime Hook beach, I picked up my camera and went for my own walk down towards the north side of Slaughter Beach.  I spent the better half of my morning strolling along the beach flipping over the overturned horseshoe crabs and saving them from getting baked by the hot sun.  NOTE: If you choose to engage in the humanitarian effort to “save the horseshoe crabs,” be aware that although horseshoe crabs have a hard exterior shell, their tails are quite sensitive.  If you want to pick up a horseshoe crab you have to flip it over or pick it up from its side.  If their tail is injured, they cannot dig into the sand and navigate in the water.

Upon my return from the beach walk, I became highly engrossed in a crossword puzzle, and after the crew returned from their walk, we ate lunch and headed down to the beach.  Though the weather was quite warm, it turned out to be a beautiful day.  The breeze quickly changed its course and started to come off of the water and the mixture of the hot heat and cool breeze was delightful.  We watched as the neighbors launched their sailboats and kayaks into the water and chuckled to ourselves when their boats came to a immediate halt once the breeze switched directions.  Later in the afternoon, Melinda and I settled into our beach chairs and delved into our recent novels of choice, while Dave and his dad walked along the beach.

At around dinner time, we packed up our beach gear, and headed back to the house, which is approximately 150 feet away.  Before dinner we feasted on a delicious cream cheese Mexican dip that Melinda had prepared and dinner was delicious (as always).  On the menu today was grilled shrimp with peppers and onions, potato salad, and grilled corn on the cob.  After dinner, we sat out on the deck, walked along the beach, watched the sunset, and gazed through the spotting scope on the deck to look at the ships that were sailing in to the port.

[warning]Bring a flyswatter….land breezes often bring giant horseshoe flies….and they bite right through your clothes!  Ouch![/warning]

WHAT WE BROUGHT

Ourselves, a camera, and our bathing suits.  Everything else was provided. :)

HIGHLIGHTS

Our morning walks, soaking in the rays on the beach, and enjoying a wonderful meal with some of our favorite people.

LIVE AND LEARN

Next time, I am going to walk down towards the south side of Slaughter Beach.  Dave and the family drove down to the south side of Slaughter Beach and parked the car in a parking lot that provided public access to the beach.  Though the beach is public, it is for the most part remote and untouched.  Dave enjoyed scouring the beach for sea glass, which is one of Melinda’s favorite pastimes that we have grown to enjoy as well.


Show me the dough

Round trip fuel cost at 30 mpg= $22.00

GRAND TOTAL: $22.00


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