We just returned last night from our summer trip to Chincoteague Island. I’m having a hard time picking just a few photos to share with you because I’m still overwhelmed by memories of the beauty and the peacefulness we left behind. So glad it’s always there waiting for us… too bad we can’t visit more often. Some people like to travel and explore different places every year, but when you find a place that lets out all of the bottled stress that you carry in your daily life, it’s hard to think of going anyplace else, no matter how interesting it might be. Why search the world when you’ve already found your happy place?
I’ve decided this year to share my week’s recap with you over two posts that are heavier on the photos and lighter on the words. Today I’ll share some of my favorite non-food photos, and tomorrow I’ll talk a bit about the food and how we overcame the challenge of feeding our resident vegetarian all week! It took some creativity, but Louisa didn’t starve. You should know I wouldn’t let that happen.
You can’t visit this barrier island on the Chesapeake Bay without catching a few spectacular sunsets since they show up daily. Even after the sunset the sky remains beautiful, like a giant watercolor canvas.
Many people think of Chincoteague because of the annual pony swim at the end of July, which is part of the month long carnival to raise funds for the volunteer fire company. I’ve seen videos of this event and someday we will see it in person. This pony is kept in town by one of the local businesses, but the majority of the herd lives out in the marshes and you can see them off in the distance as you drive to the beach. I was too relaxed to bring more than my cell phone camera around for most of the week and, therefore, I couldn’t get a good shot of the herd.
You can’t find a much nicer beach to walk, swim, read, or sleep on. I amazed my family by actually jumping the waves this week with Annie. Usually I stay by the shore but the water was so warm I was able to go past my ankles and up to my shoulders. Yeah, I’m a wimp.
Do you like ducks? They own the town.
And the harbors.
Perhaps you prefer gulls? They’re everywhere in all shapes and sizes and varieties. I recommend picking up a handy dandy shorebird guide if you like to identify them. I’m not much of a detail person and so I’m happy just to call them Gull.
Or, perhaps I don’t care as much about the gulls because I’ve completely fallen for the egrets and their graceful beauty which can be seen everywhere, but especially on the drive to the beach.
Although I’ve been talking about natural sights in this post, there’s also a beautiful quilt exhibit in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. These 26 quilts were created by Florida artists and are traveling in an exhibit called Piecing Together a Changing Planet, which explores how our National Parks are being affected by climate change and man-made pollutants. So much talent was evident in those quilts.
I’ll be back tomorrow with our food story for the week.