After a busy weekend in Baltimore with family and friends, Tim and I took it easy on Monday and slowly made our way to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and drove through Delaware on our way toward Assateague Island. Now that it’s getting dark an hour earlier, we had to find a campground before we made it to the island.
|The Chesapeake Bay Bridge - |
This Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "High Altitude Driving"
Somehow, my computer became infected with a virus last night before I could post my entry for the day. Luckily, there was a BestBuy in nearby Salisbury, so this morning we headed there, entrusted the computer to the Geek Squad and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, we were told we may have to leave the computer with them for a few days.
So, we decided to take advantage of our time. We turned east and drove till the road ended at the ocean. On this part of the Delmarva Peninsula, that means Assateague Island National Seashore. The National Park Service operates two visitor centers, one on each end of the island. We visited the Assateague Island Visitor Center on the north end of the island.
|Fishing in the Ocean at Assateague|
The wild horses of Assateague Island are descendants of domesticated horses brought to the island 300 years ago. Local folklore places the horses on the island as the result of a shipwreck off the Virginia coast. The horses are the subject of a 1947 classic children's tale by Marguerite Henry titled Misty of Chincoteague. While the story is fiction, the characters, including the horses, are real.
|One of the Wild Horses of Assateague|
Over the years, the horse population has grown to a point where the horses are having a negative effect on the other natural resources of the island. So the herds are the focus of an ongoing management effort by the National Park Service to limit the overall numbers of horses. The goal is to stabilize the population at a sustainable level while limiting ongoing impacts to other resources.
|The Horses Roam Freely, Just Like the Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park|
|A Sika Deer Beside the Road|
|Gulls on the Marsh|
|Along the Dunes|
|Marks in the Sand|
|Blowin' in the Wind|