Chincoteague! Day 1

Our weekend adventure was to….Chincoteague! You may recall that we took a quick Sunday afternoon trip there a few weeks ago for our weekly adventure with Motor Mum.

This time,  it was a weekend trip for Motor Man and me, and my friend/classmate from school, Donna, accompanied us. Saturday, we took one of the many Chincoteague boat tours. The weather was nice, but a little chilly on the water.

The three of us posed for a photo before the tour began.

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Although we learned a lot about Chincoteague from our capable Captain (Bill), Donna and I were mainly interested in the wild ponies. We certainly got lucky in seeing them on this trip.

Just a little information: there are approximately 150 ponies (they’re too short to be called horses) living on Assateague Island. They’re owned by the Chincoteague Fire Department, and in July of each year (since 1925), they’re rounded up by the fireman (called Saltwater Cowboys). The ponies swim the short distance from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, where all the foals born that year are auctioned.  A few are pre-selected to be returned back to the Island. Those are called “buybacks”, and the highest bidders of the buyback ponies are given certificates of ownership, and allowed to name their ponies, which will then live out their lives on Assateague Island.

This site will give you more information on the history of the ponies.

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We weren’t nearly this close (so thankful for a zoom lens.)

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I’m trying to refrain from posting too many pony pictures.  But, really, can you ever have too many pictures of ponies?

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Not as far as Donna and I are concerned.

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Okay, final pony picture (for today anyway).

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When we returned from our boat tour, we had dinner and settled in at the waterfront Hampton Inn. Motor Man watched our local race via the internet in our room, and Donna and I had a brief pajama party, complete with facial masks, Elvis on TV and lots of schoolgirl giggles in hers.

Our rooms were perfectly located to see the sunset from our respective balconies.

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Such an amazing day. Could we possibly “top” this on Sunday? Tune in tomorrow!

~These Days Of Mine~

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21 responses to “Chincoteague! Day 1

  1. Looks like a beautiful day and tons of fun (and horses!).

    Pam

  2. Peace time in your life,, nice picture,,

  3. Oh my what an amazing day. Dianna, these pony photos are truly amazing. Great captures of a fun day.

  4. What a beautiful post. Looks like fun, fun, fun. We always rode around the island looking for the ponies in the wooded areas.

  5. Looks like such a fun adventure. I remember reading “Misty of Chincoteague” as a young girl 🙂 Great pictures and you and your friend are sure photogenic 🙂

    MJ

  6. We’ve done this trip and stayed at the Hampton Inn too! Isn’t it wonderful how varied the things are you can do in Virginia? It’s like three or four states rolled into one!

  7. Looks like a fun weekend. Being with Donna or JR or getting pictures of ponies would have made you happy. But all three in one weekend sounds like your idea of heaven!

  8. How fun and interesting!

  9. It sounds like a great weekend, Dianna! Your photos are fabulous! I’m getting homesick for Virginia.

  10. Fun Fun FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!! You can NEVER have too many pictures of ponies! Aww that little foal.. dang, melts my heart. Great pictures Dianna and the picture of the three of you makes me smile.. 🙂 Glad you had a lovely time.. waiting on Day 2!

  11. Ponies!! So cute. Looks like you had an amazing weekend!

  12. What a wonderful adventure and thanks for sharing the story about the ponies.

  13. Beatrice P. Boyd

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend trip, Diana, this is the perfect time to visit Chincoteague well before the summer heat, mosquitoes and tourists. And, Hampton Inn has become our favorite hotel chain as well, always good service.

  14. Looks like a wonderful day dear Dianna! ❤️
    And what a beautiful place❤️
    xxx

  15. It looks and sounds like a fun and full weekend… it also looks like the ponies were having just as much fun!
    You two didn’t make too much noise during your party, did you? Gotta’ be careful, don’t want to get a call from the front desk ! ;D

  16. Sigh…… that is on my bucket list! Misty of Chincoteague was on of my favorite books growing up. Thanks for all the pony pics! I loved them!
    Marty’s Mom

  17. Chuck and I have been and stayed in Chincoteague many times and loved it each time.The ponies are always so much fun to watch. We have never done the boat tour, that sounds like fun to. Go glad you, JR, and Donna had a good time. Can’t wait see hear and see more!

  18. Sounds like the perfect place to unwind and enjoy local color – especially when it involves horses for you. Misty of Chincoteague was a childhood favorite of mine too.

  19. What a wonderful mini vacation. and to share it with friends makes it extra special.
    I love the ponies. It’s great they’re taken such good care of. Those beauties look like they’re having fun too.
    Your photos are excellent. I’m with you on the zoom lens, thank goodness for them.

  20. Dianna, post all the pony photos you want! Absolutely charming! Glad you had a fun weekend. Thanks for all the educational info too. Great to know these beautiful ponies are well cared for! ~ Sheila

  21. It’s beautiful up there. You got to see lots of ponies!

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