“October’s bright blue weather” suffused Jeanette Hooban’s, Janet Black’s and my recent Chincoteague (Virginia) sojourn, start-to-finish.
Our first evening stroll on unpopulated Assateague, barrier island protecting Chincoteague from the mighty ocean, brought sunset-tinged seafoam and a beach upon which every footprint was a bare one!
In case you think, “Well, what else is new,” be aware of the season of our visit:
A REAL bookstore, set for All Hallow’s Eve
Of course, most people go to Chincoteague for the ponies. We dutifully admired them, from the water on a sunset small shallow boat tour, and from the land on a morning bus tour.
Ponies at Sundown with SUPERB Cap’n. Dan — his tour worth our entire trip!
Pony-life: Forever Feeding: Ponies by land, Aassateague Nature Center Bus Tour
At nearly October-end, we were in the ocean, happily, eagerly, lengthily — especially Jeanette, who swam, swam, swam as wavelets turned pink around her. It was a mite cooler on the finer day, so beachcombing took over:
Contentment Personified: Janet Black at Beach
We’re all avid readers. We’d rented (and I’d actually bargained for them!) these sturdy chairs so we could read by the sea. But we could barely lower our eyes to any page, given the sun’s many-colored-dreamcoat and those effects altering each wave.
Jeanette and Irresistible Sunset(s) – on Bridge from Assateague back to Chincoteague
We, of course, were there for the birds — Egrets of Eden
Mornings were amazing — a series of early views:
First View of Each Day from my room at Assateague Inn, on Chincoteague
Dawn Picnic Site, Creek and Marsh, Assateague Inn
Essence of These Islands – Crab Shell of Dawn
Essence of Autumn in the Salt Marsh – Salicornia Ripening
Assateague Light House Outbuilding at Dawn
Autumn’s Calligraphy at Assateague Light
October’s Bright Blue Weather Sets Off Assateague Light
Dawn Light in a Loblolly Forest
“Not in Kansas Any More…” Lighthouse–Keeper Dwelling
Barrier Island Realities
Sunset Feeders, Assateague
Cap’n. Dan’s Magical Mystery Tour at Sundown — Worth the Entire Trip
Best tour – Cap’n. Dan’s Sunset Cruise from Chincoteague Harbor
Best food – Bill’s Prime — three meals a day — one time we ate breakfast then dinner there — traditional and rare seafood, and remarkably personable service
Charm of Assateague Inn — quiet, on creek, with picnic table, silence, early light, little boardwalk, near Assateague Island, on quiet side of Chincoteague
Most famous food: Chincoteague oysters
Most people’s reason for being here: wild ponies, and Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague” and sequels
Favorite tour experience — Chincoteague Museum – this will appear in an entire blog to itself
Rarest animal: plump and saucy Delmarva Squirrel – one welcomed us in Assateague Light forest — but we are bedeviled enough by Princeton and Lawrenceville squirrels not to have appreciated its rarity until after the Nature Center bus tour.