Last weekend, we went down to Bethany Beach for the weekend. On Saturday, we decided to take a road trip down to Assateague Island to try and find the wild ponies. I hadn’t been down there since I was a very young girl and Brian had never been, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to do something new together. We got down to Assateague really early, around 7am. The light was gorgeous and we decided to walk on the dune trail, in hopes of finding some ponies in the brush. Well, no such luck – but we did find some really pretty dunes and trails!
On our way off of the island, we actually saw a few ponies. However, they were far out in the marsh, where my zoom lens wouldn’t reach as far as I hoped (did I hear someone say 2x extender?). Since we had the rest of the day to kill, we decided to drive a little further south to Chincoteague Island. We thought we might have better luck finding ponies there. When we got to Chincoteague, we checked out the visitors center and took a hike to the light house, which was really cool. We also walked around town where they were having a farmer’s market and art festival. We found a really colorful and pretty mural on the side of a building – but we did not find any ponies there either, except a few in the marsh. They were even farther out than the ones on Assateague, so those photos didn’t make the cut.
We headed back to Bethany Beach and on a whim, decided to stop by Assateague one more time – after all, we were driving right past it. Good thing we decided to stop! On the entrance road to the state park, there were three wild ponies just chilling next to the road, eating grass. I jumped out of the car without putting my flip flops on – bad idea. I stepped right into a bunch of sand burrs – owwww! I quickly grabbed my flip flops from the car, as well as my camera bag, and I started shooting away. The ponies were so pretty and didn’t seem to care at all about the cars and spectators around them. One of the ponies was clearly pregnant and ready to burst! It was really cool to be so close to them.
After the excitement on the entrance road, we went back to the dune trail, hoping to find some ponies in a more scenic location. No luck again, but of course, when we got back to the car, there were about five more ponies hanging out by the roundabout. Again, they were totally ambivalent about all of the spectators and cars around them. One pony was using the fence as a rubbing post – too funny! After a few more shots, we headed back out of the state park and stumbled upon another herd of ponies by the entrance gate. Two of the ponies were “flirting” for lack of a better term (it’s mating season on Assateague) and then another couple of ponies took off running across the parking lot towards the beach. It’s still amazing to me that none of the ponies we saw seemed to care about the cars or people at all! I guess they are used to it by now, but it was still really cool to witness. It ended up being a really fun day. I’m so glad we decided to stop at Assateague again on the ride back to Bethany.
On Sunday, we went up to Rehoboth Beach in the morning. We stopped by the outlets (of course). We ate an early lunch at our favorite place in town, Dos Locos. If you are ever in Rehoboth and want some really great mexican food, this is the place. The staff is amazing and the food is even better. It was absolutely delish! After lunch, we walked around town, checking out a few of our favorite stores like Coco & Company, a really awesome vintage antique store. Love. That. Place. It was a gorgeous day and all in all, it was a great weekend spent with my wonderful husband.
Oh – and we did take the boys swimming in the bay over the weekend too! I’ll be posting those photos in a separate post