Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Assateague Island

Hurricane Earl wasn't going to stop our fun this labor day weekend! While we did have to delay our trip 1 night due to the hurricane by the time we arrived midday Saturday the weather was beautiful, windy with a bit of a rough surf but beautiful. Assateague island is a barrier island just south of Ocean City, Maryland, and prior to a bad storm in the 1930's it was part of the same peninsula that Ocean City is on. The island is owned by the state of Maryland on the northern ocean side and a state park sits on that part, the northern bay side is owned by the federal government and a national park sits on that part and southern part is owned by the state of Virginia.

Not only does Assateague state park offer camping at the beach, it is one of the few places in the United States where wild horses live. We had been planning this trip since the spring and were very excited to check out Assateague.

The bay side marshes as you drive onto the island

We spent two days at the beach, swimming, digging in the sand, relaxing in the shade, it was heavenly!

Amazingly my kids never tire of the beach and would stay there all day if we let them.

Hubby even joined in the fun, running and jumping into the waves.

Aren't they so cute?

I tried to take some pictures but we made it to the beach later than I would've liked and the lighting was all wrong. The sun was too intense and too high in the sky to make for good pictures.

Sunday night we were graced with a beautiful sunset. This was the view from our campsite.

The wild horses only came to our campsite two times but we were excited to see them the morning we left.

This was the view from our picnic bench.

We truly had a great time. We will definitely be back! We were warned about the horses eating your food at your campsite but we put everything in the car so we didn't have this problem. The bugs can be an issue but with 40% DEET it is manageable. We found the biting flies to be the worst right at the dunes. There is very little shade so next time we will bring a canopy to put over our picnic table but as soon as you cross over the dunes the ocean breeze keeps the beach side nice and comfortable. We walked up and down the beach several times just drinking in the beautiful scenery. So much fun!


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