Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Assateague Island Wildlife Refuge

We were happy to see the sun come out this morning. Ed and I started the day with a long walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Then, we headed over to Assateague Island to see the wildlife. We enjoyed the visitor's center, where they had a movie about the wild horses that live on the island.

We started out with a hike in the sand dunes, where we found out that we should have applied mosquito repellent before starting out!

We didn't find any horses, but did see a couple of small frogs!

Mabel took a nap hanging in her baby pack!

We did another short hike in a forest, where it was much cooler because of the trees!

We saw a snowy egret  and a few terrapins.

We took a break to introduce Mabel to the beach. The water scared the living daylights out of her! It scared us a little, too, as it was pretty cold!

Crystal, Ed and Brittany played a game, called "See how close we can get to a wave without getting wet." They all lost!

We got our closest view of the ponies just as we were leaving the park. It was like they lined up for the tourists as they left the island.

I even got within 30 feet of this last pair of beautiful wild horses. My dream was fulfilled. I've been dying to see the wild ponies ever since reading Misty of Chincoteague as a child. Glad we were able to do it before we left Maryland!

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