Thursday, June 23, 2022

A little slice of heaven!

Pat means business!  Weapon in hand.

Assateague  is fantastic! We leave tomorrow after 3 nights, but I wish we had planned a longer stay. Watching the wild horses was unbelievable, paved and level bike paths,  and we didn't even get to any of the hiking trails. Pretty sure we'll be back. We've met several families, and extended families, that come here for a week or two every summer

On Wednesday morning we did ride our bikes 6 miles to and back from the National Seashore. Stopped and checked out their beach. I can honestly say it was a fun ride.  Had some strong winds and  little rain yesterday evening.  

Thursday we had sprinkles on and off, but that didn't stop our group kayak adventure in the morning in the bay. We stopped once and people found horseshoe crabs and comb jellyfish (they don't sting). Pat and I survived our tandem kayak, but from now on we'll each get our own. After losing a phone in the ocean last year I didn't take it on the kayak trip, so no pictures. Our loop neighbor, Natalie's Mom (Natalie also had her friend Gigi with her), took a picture of us and some of our excursion. If she sends any I'll post them later.

In the afternoon we crossed a bridge and hit the National Seashore Visitor Center. If it hadn't beensprinkling it would have been a good bike ride. We actually paid for a tour at the Rackliffe Plantation House nearby.

Really, can you have too many horse pictures?

A 25 day-old foal.  He stuck pretty close to his Mom.

Our neighbor captured the foal by our RV

Radcliffe house was an 18th century coastal plantation overlooking the Sinepuxent Bay. Built in 1752 by Captain Charles Radcliffe and owned by several generations of Charles Radcliffes. The home changed ownership many times after the Radcliffes and in 1929 the house was gutted by a fire. The house and Brickhouse were restored around 2000 with much of the original brick. 

The kitchen on the right was originally not connected to the house. They called the room that was added later to connect the two a "hyphen."

The larger windows with multiple panes were an indication of wealth.

Kitchen garden which was traditionally divided into 4 sections and surrounded by a fence for protection from wind and animals.

The milk house

Another way to tell the wealth of a plantation owner was the color of the walls.  Blue paint cost more.

Spinning wheel in the middle, yarn weasel on the right. The weasel wound and measured the yarn. When it was full it made a popping sound. According to most people, "pop goes the weasel," refers to the children's song. A lot of controversy and research, by the way, over various lyrics to that song.  

The cone shaped item in the center of the table is the entire year's worth of sugar in the 1700's. No wonder they died young back then. Who could live on that small amount of sugar?

An 1800's washing machine with a hand crank and inside some paddles that moved the clothes around.

Saw several deer outside the Rackliffe Plantation House.

I looked out Thurs. afternoon as this fella walked by.

The ocean waves were pretty strong Thurs.

The foal took a lot of naps.

I've seen several lending libraries in the park and not just for kids.

On our evening walk around the loop we caught the foal having a snack.

Where are the Piepers now?  Assateague, MD


  1. Ohhhh does this look like a place I'd LOVE to visit!!! My sister has and she was also in heaven!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Was there horse poop everywhere?

    1. Yes, but the loop hosts appeared to go around at least once a day, and maybe twice, to scoop it off the roads and paved paths. It was worth it to have the horses around. It was funny to hear the kids go "eewww" every time they saw one poop.