everyone loved at least one thing about our trip; most of us loved more than a few aspects of it.
we drove in on a monday afternoon, arriving at out home-away-from-home for the week: assateague overlook. it was aptly named - during the week steve could actually spot ponies on the island from the fence just yards away from our front steps.
first on the agenda - dinner at ropewalk.
|bada bing shrimp|
|lorge iced tea|
afterwards, the kids relaxed at the house while steve and i went in search of lunch, which we found at captain zack's seafood. best hush puppies, in my estimation.
then to the dollar store for supplies and the house of jerky because...well, jerky!
|i did NOT get these|
we couldn't pass up the sunny day when we expected rainy weather later in the week, so we went to funland amusements for the bumper boats and the go-karts, which ander was tall enough to drive on his own! woo hoo!
|one loves panning for rocks...|
|while the other one prefers to bounce|
|everything AND more?!|
|the best clam chowder for the elder|
|spaghetti for the younger|
|stuffed flounder for mom|
|full tummies coming|
then to assateague island to see the lighthouse. the boys climbed to the top while mom stayed safely on the ground so she could sweat without adding breathing problems to her discomfort.
dad and artemis didn't really want to to go to the beach but were content to wait in the a/c of the minivan while ander and i ventured over the sand dunes to experience the atlantic ocean.
our deck allowed for plenty of bird watching for me. i especially enjoyed the diving terns.
|mom's crab feast|
|sunrise spotted on the way back to the house|
|artemis saw this eastern painted turtle on the side of the road. we stopped, went back, and made sure it was in a safe spot before moving on|
|chinco the island pony at the chincoteague pony center. ander named his plush pony after him.|
|bailey, a rescue horse from a little further north|
ander and i were quite eager to get our feet wet in the ocean again, so we had our own adventure.
after a shower i went off on my own to drive along the road on assateague island and see the visitor's centers there.
|horsehoe crab you could touch!|
dinner at mr. baldy's again because it was a known quantity for tasty edibles.
|mom's tiramisu was delicious|
|the painted walls reminded us of the master bedroom in our first house together|
|we all live in a yellow submarine...in an octopus' garden|
we started to pack up on friday morning to head home after lunch and made sure to have a few stops before we said farewell.
|had to stop at wallops again to actually tour the visitor's center and buy our souvenirs|
our last lunch, wrapping up a week of seafood, was at ray's shanty. mom had the best scallops and shrimp of the entire trip.