Days 100-102: Anniversary Road Trip Photos, Assateague/Chincoteague, Va.
Before going into any photographs, let me say one statement of self-congratulations, and that is, yay 100 days! They say in Korea (and Japan and China…) that if a baby survives through its 100th day of life, it’s got a decent chance of survival past infanthood. This blog milestone feels sort of like that (except that I’m already slacking on posting pace, boo me).
I guess it’s appropriate then that I spent Day 100 and some extra days photographing horses (my favorite animal, if you haven’t figured by now) in Assateague, an island straddling Virginia and Maryland that’s home to wild horses. Supposedly, they’re the descendants of domesticated equines brought over in the 1600s by either the Spanish or the colonials and freed when the ships they were traveling on sank off the coast (read more about them here). How freakin’ cool is that?
What I hadn’t realized before my visit was that I had actually heard of Assateague before, decades ago. Being the book-obsessed child I was, I naturally gravitated toward the novels of children’s author Marguerite Henry. I wasn’t a particularly huge fan of her writing per se, but being that her works revolved around horses, I couldn’t help but oblige. Arguably her most famous book is Misty of Chincoteague.
Wouldn’t you know it, Misty’s bloodline is alive and strong in Chincoteague, with a new foal born just this June.
And it’s pretty darn adorable:
This here’s Drizzle, one of Misty’s great-great-great grandchildren (I couldn’t get clarity on whether it’s a colt or a filly, although it seems to be the latter).
Never again will I think baby horses are one of the “less cute” baby animals.
Also, some funny chickens at the farm:
Horses weren’t the only thing we went chasing in Assateague, which surprisingly remains a veritable hotspot for wildlife despite all the hoomin visitors. Overall, I was impressed with the NPS’ work here and preserving the marshes and forests in the Wildlife Refuge for its inhabitants. Like these sandpipers:
Also caught this sunset on while out on a boat tour:
and this one on the way in to the islands:
… but can’t decide whether I like them or not.