Chincoteague Island – Ocean, Beach, Ponies
Chincoteague Island has all of my favorite things in one place: ocean, beach, and ponies. Sea, sand, sunshine, and ponies rolls off the tongue better but, I’m here in the middle of January.
The ocean looks a little angry, the beach a bit wet and windy, and until today, the sunshine was nowhere to be seen. Even the ponies were so far off in the distance I didn’t get a chance to see my favorite Chincoteague stallion, RipTide. Despite all the negatives, I’m still at the beach and life doesn’t get much better than when the ocean is nearby. This is my second time in Chincoteague. I vacationed here with my family in July 2015 during the 90th annual Pony Swim. I absolutely loved it! This time I’m here with my husband who is an avid duck hunter. I came along to keep him company and to check out the island during the winter.
I quickly discovered there isn’t much to check out. The majority of the businesses are closed for the season. The few that are still open had some good sales and only had one customer – me! It was nice to be able to look around the little specialty stores without a crowd busting into my personal space. I even got to put a pin in the map that one store keeps to show where each season’s customers live. The shop owner started this season’s map yesterday with a customer from North Dakota. Wow! That is a long way to travel to see the ponies. I wonder if this is bathing suit weather for them?
It was a bit disconcerting at times to walk down the street and not see any people or cars. When a car did go past, I had to fight the urge to hide. I guess I will be prepared if there is an apocalypse and I’m the only survivor. Joking aside, when I got onto Main Street, there were more people and cars but, it was still weird. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
I tried to get some good pictures. At least, good for me. Unfortunately, the statue of Misty makes her look like a carousal horse because of the light pole behind it and the trolley sign had some editing issues. This is about as good as my photography gets. The one of Misty’s hoofprints in the sidewalk isn’t too bad. Guess it’s pretty hard to mess up a picture of cement. I see a photography course in my future (and maybe photo editing). Just another thing to add to the long list of getting out of my box one peek at a time.
If you love Chincoteatue, let me know in the comments below! If you’ve never been here, there is a ton of information on the internet. If you haven’t read the book about Misty, check it out by following the affiliate link below.