Assateague Island // Pt. 2

Read Pt. 1

I grew up reading a book series about wild ponies on the small islands of Assateague and Chincoteague. As a little girl, there was almost nothing more magical than a beach filled with wild ponies; it was someplace that I had dreamed of visiting. Then one day, I moved to Maryland and realized that these islands were only two hours from my house. This place I had dreamed about was within my reach! Time went on and I still hadn't visited, and the time for me to move was drawing closer. As I mentioned this to two dear friends, they offered to go with me. Well, not only did they offer, but they planned the entire thing! All I had to do was show up and my dream would come true.

We camped in a beautiful area near Snow Hill, Maryland, then headed over to Assateague Island early the next morning. On the way, we stopped at a charming little farmers market for some fresh produce to snack on throughout the day. When we arrived at the beach, I felt like a kid at Disneyland. I spent my day gathering sea shells and sea glass, sitting at the edge of the beach- close enough for the water to wash over me as it came in with each wave, and breathing in as much of that salt air as I could.

I waited patiently for the ponies and made sure my friends knew I wouldn't leave until I had seen them; it was the entire point of the trip, after all. And just as the sun started to set, a few of them appeared on the horizon. They walked through the beach without care, stealing food from unsuspecting beach-goers as they went. Then just before they disappeared again behind a sand dune, they paused, as if they knew I had waited all day, or my entire life, for this moment. I clicked a few pictures, and then they were gone.

My experience with the ponies was a small one, but I couldn't have asked for more. The feeling of checking that off my bucket list was wonderful one. I do hope to visit again, one day. Perhaps I'll drive alone, early in the morning before the sun rises, when the ponies are more likely to be out.


Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

stunning photos!!


Ariel Hamilton said...

Horses = #squadgoals

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