Have you ever just needed to get your toes in the sand?…
Thunderstorms in the forecast, sweltering heat advisories in effect… sounds like a day trip to the beach to me!
Apparently, this was not as original a plan as I had anticipated because we landed in miles of traffic with other like-minded, coastally obsessive optimists.
A little purple in the grape slushy!
Here, you can see that the kids were contributing to the hunt
for all things purple, as well!
Undeterred, we headed toward Ocean City, Maryland, then passed over to Assateague Island. I had been there only once in my 20’s, but had never seen any of the wild ponies I had read and heard so much about. So I could sense the excitement welling up inside me as we finally broke through the backups and began to see sand along the roadways. Once we parked and unloaded, I felt weeks of tension easing out of my body with every soothing breeze and relaxing sound of waves breaking and rushing toward the shore…
I was able to capture a few purple shots for the weekly challenge with my Kodak Easy Share C813… hahaha!!! Sorry, I couldn’t resist! I love admiring the photographs taken by ‘real’ cameras, posted in photo blogs… I just don’t happen to own one yet, so my camera model disclosure serves as a sort of disclaimer. Just to really give you a sense of my photographic limitations, I don’t even have a viewfinder in my camera! On a really sunny day, when it is impossible to see anything projected on the 2-inch screen, capturing an image becomes more intuitive… much like using the Force. Yes, it’s true… I am a photographic Jedi… now you know! 🙂 So these pictures should really knock your socks off!
Fast forward a few hours… and I was feeling a bit saddened by the lack of ponies on the beach. There was plenty of… er, let’s say… evidence that they had been there earlier in the day, but as far as I could strain my eyes, there wasn’t a hoof in sight. So gathering all of our gear, and with swimsuits full of sand, we scrambled back to the van.
My husband suggested that we drive further down the island toward the National Park with the hope that a few ponies might be snacking along the side of the road. We drove, scouring waterways and groves of trees… Then suddenly, just as we rounded a bend, there they were!!! I was ELATED!!! You would think I had never seen a horse before in my life. Well, in a sense this was a new experience — I had never seen a wild pony before!! They were much larger than I had imagined. I thought they would be more like miniature ponies – I have absolutely no idea why – and despite my husband’s elaboration of what I envisioned an Assateague pony to be… NO, I did not believe that they would be sparkly and gallop between rainbows in the sand! Although, that would have made for some great pictures!
…BACK to reality, though… I don’t know what it is about coming into contact with an animal in its natural habitat, that is so exciting. In our yard, we see deer, rabbits, a red fox here and again. But it doesn’t matter how many times we see them, we always run to the window for another look. That sense of admiration may change when I finally get my garden in the ground sometime next spring, but for the time being, we feel privileged to get a glimpse into their mysterious world. That was how I felt with these amazing ponies…
The beautiful ponies of Assateague Island (Maryland).
My entire weekend felt complete! …that is to say, until our bellies started rumbling… So we headed off to a local favorite called Waterman’s Seafood Company. Being Marylanders, you just don’t go to the beach without gettin’ some crab! I had two of my favorites… Cream of Crab soup and a Crab Cake! They were DEE-lish!!!
A cup of Cream of Crab soup at Waterman’s Seafood Company… YUM!
…and a FANTASTIC crab cake!
…then a lovely end to a perfect day!
Even a hint of purple in this glorious sunset on our ride home…