Remember the movie “Dances with Wolves” about the guy who lived surrounded by wolves? Well, my couple of days living on Assateague Island surrounded by wild ponies seemed like a similar experience. This island is certainly theirs and we humans must abide by their rules! But in return, they’ll let us camp on their island, use their beach, paddle their bay, and take lots of pictures of them!
The road to Assateague Island was tree-lined and curvy:
The island is home to a Maryland state park as well as the national seashore park and a small herd of ponies greeted us immediately as we reached the island:
I also spotted two miniature deer that looked very similar to the Key Deer I’d seen on Big Pine Key in Florida last winter:
We had a spectacular campsite right on the ocean beach at the National Seashore campground. No hook-ups, but since the temperature was in the low 70’s and upper 60’s each day, we didn’t need heating or cooling. To top it off, I had great cell and internet signals from here so it was a great place to work from the beach!
But first, Millie had to walk the boardwalk and check that beach out! She doesn’t like to swim in oceans, but she certainly likes to run in and out of the waves!
We enjoyed a pretty sunset sky on our first night on the island.
With no electricity, it got very dark on the island at night. I took Millie out for her final walk before bedtime and used my big flashlight. As we walked the camp road, I saw a small white object crawling sideways across the road….it was a crab! I must have scared it half to death by pointing a flashlight at it! Millie was rather curious too--- never had seen a crab on her evening walks before!
It rained most of the second day we were on the island, but there was a brief reprieve in the late afternoon, so I decided to get quickly over to the bay to go kayaking before the next wave of rain came in. Only one problem…a herd of ponies decided to come visit the campground and were determined to block every single car in the campground from leaving! (they actually were so fun to watch no one wanted to leave).
Finally, I decided I had to make a run for it. I started the car and began to back up. Ut oh, rats!, blocked by a pony behind me!
Ok, well I’ll just drive forward to get out of here….neyyy!!! Think again yellow car!!!
These ponies actually seemed to be laughing at me… ha ha, camper, we own ya now!!!
Well, after this bit of horse play, they finally let me go on my way. The bayside boat launch was wonderful, and Millie and I were on the water fairly quickly to go check out another herd of ponies grazing on a small island.
The clouds began to roll in so we had to paddle back to shore and call it a day, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable hour on the water…and very glad the ponies allowed us to do so!