Tuesday, June 21, 2022

I have been looking forward to this all year!

We have gone to some really cool places, but this is one spot I have really been looking forward to.  Assateague State Park is located on Assateague Island near Berlin, MD.  Just down the road is Assateague National Seashore. 

The wild horses are gorgeous!  We saw one group as we entered the park, shortly after we got here we saw a small group in the campground just across the road, and on our evening walk we saw a large group at the end of our loop.  Everyone is in awe when they show up.  One of the rules states you must keep 40 feet away from them and everyone seemed respectful of that.

We walked across the road and over the dunes to the beach this morning and again tonight.

The town of Ocean City in the distance.

This foal was full of it, running and bouncing all over. 

We saw two horseshoe crabs on the beach tonight.

The horses are beautiful but you have to constantly watch your step.💩

The group we saw tonight was over a dozen in number and spread out.

Pat got up on the roof to see what he could see.  Not much of a sunset but he had a good view of loop H and the dunes. A pair of Rangers stopped by and helped us move the extremely heavy picnic table over to our door side.

It's a long climb over the dunes in the loose sand.

We got several attachments from Assateague State Park.  One said we couldn't arrive before 2 no matter what (most campgrounds will let you in early if your site is open) and if we did come we'd have to park in a lot and pay.   We had to leave our other park at 11 so we stopped for lunch at the Virginia Welcome Center to kill time.

It's always nice to find something to do at a rest area.  I would like to have followed the trail but I didn't think Pat wanted to kill that much time. 

A field full of Hairy Vetch.

The Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel is the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world at 17.6 miles long.  It is considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world. In 1964 the first two lane span opened and a second two lane span opened in 1990. Other than ferry this is the only way to get to the Eastern shore of Maryland from the south.  In our case toll was around $35.

There is a walking bridge on the right.   I didn't pay attention to how far it went. 

First of two mile-long tunnels (allows boats to go in and out of the bay).

It looked like the bridge just disappeared ahead of us but...

...it is actually one of the tunnels.

I'm ready to start exploring tomorrow!

Where are the Piepers now?  Assateague Island, MD.

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