Moblogging – Chincoteague, day 2

We had hoped to see the elusive wild ponies of Chincoteague and it turned out that there are lots of them to see. They are not shy at all. We have not gotten over to the Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island yet, but there are recently obtained ponies in corrals all over Chincoteague island.

Shy-pony

We stopped at the Refuge Inn and a mare and her colt foal came right over to greet us. Here is Gretchen getting up close and personal with the mare.

UPDATE: In my unfamiliarity with horses, I had failed to remember that a foal is less than a year old, a colt is a young male horse, and a filly is a young female.

colt2The foal was a deep chestnut color, almost copper, with black patches masking each eye. I’ve never had much affinity for horses since one wiped me off its back with a pine tree, but when I saw this foal, I could easily understand how someone could empty his bank account to own and maintain one.

She had a personality and an appearance that really appealed to me. She was for sale, but I regained my senses, gave her a good scratch, and drove off without her.


One of the pleasures of visiting the shore is the possibility of discovering sources of excellent seafood. Today we have only been batting .500.

We stopped at Don’s Seafood for lunch and I had the best scallops I have had in ten years. They were fresh and sweet and unbelievably good. Gretchen had steamed shrimp in Old Bay seasoning and she was ecstatic. Don’s is one of those seafood places where the decor is plain boring and there is no view. They concentrate on delivering excellent food.

This evening, we went to the highly touted Chincoteague Inn with its pleasant decor and a splendid view of the sun setting over Chincoteague Bay. Bad mistake. Gretchen’s scallops were inedible and my shrimp scampi was not much better.

We still have several seafood restaurants to check out before we leave. We are going to start with the plain-looking places frequented by the locals. There seems to be an inverse relationship between quality of seafood and elegance of decor.

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0 Responses to Moblogging – Chincoteague, day 2

  1. Amy says:

    It’s Misty! And her foal Stormy! I loved those books as a child and was quite horse mad. Thanks for the words and photos – what a wonderful trip.

  2. Denny says:

    Great photos of horses! About 20 years ago my previous wife and I made a trip up the Eastern Shore to see the ponies. It was a great experience. They have beautiful beaches, too. In those days there was a nude beach about a mile’s walk north. We found it and joined in and it was lovely. A few months later the authorities decided it was disgusting and evil and shut it down pronto. Those were the good old days.

  3. kdip says:

    I too loved the Misty stories. Ran into another lost horse tale when I discovered the Abaco Barbs in the Bahamas. Speculation based on DNA testing indicates they may have been marooned around the time of Columbus. I have also copied the pictures you had a few days ago of the President. I would like to give credit to whomever. Since you didn’t know who either, would you like me to put your website down? I had seen both photos in other places but none that were accessible to me to put in my journal.

  4. David says:

    kdip,

    I listed the sources for the two stories at the end of my post. Basically, they got the stories from other sources also. Usually, you credit the source that led to the story and you link to the original source of the story, if possible.

    The important thing is to allow the viewer to refer to the original source.

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