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In Memory Of Motor Mum

Motor Man’s mother passed away Wednesday morning. I shared Wednesday’s blog post, “Setting Sun”, because we knew her time here was short.

After Motor Man’s father died in 2013, we began taking his mom out on Sunday afternoon adventures. I shared several of those here on the blog, and gave her the title “Motor Mum”.

We took her to the Outer Banks, where, even though it was February, she wanted to put her feet in the Atlantic Ocean. (An unexpected wave caught her and Motor Man off guard.)

One autumn trip was to the mountains of Virginia.

Another adventure found us at a farm market where we tried on straw hats.

And we took a (long) day trip to Chincoteague.

During my childhood, my sister lived in Claremont, a little waterfront town village on the James River just southeast of Richmond.  Many Sunday afternoons were spent at the tiny beach there.  One of our Sunday adventures with Motor Mum was to Claremont. Motor Man took this picture of the two of us, and it’s a favorite of mine.

We attended the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, Virginia, a first for us and Motor Mum.  And we bought her daffodils.

She was so active in the community, always doing what she could to help make our county a better place. And more beautiful. Once she took a notion that something should happen, there was little chance that it wouldn’t.

Motor Mum was 91, and her body and mind had begun failing her, so although we’re going to miss her, we find comfort in knowing that she is now at peace.

And with Pop.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Chincoteague! Day 2

On our second day of our Chincoteague trip, we took a bus tour of Assateague Island. The tour is offered by the Chincoteague National History Association. It lasts about two hours and travels to areas not open to the general public.

Many of our fellow travelers were “birders”, interested in the many native birds on the island. And almost everyone was anxious to see the wild ponies.

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Can you just imagine the “oohs” when we rode by this mom and her one-week old foal?

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As I was looking through my photos, I thought this next one might be of the same mom and baby. But after careful scrutiny, I discovered that it isn’t.  This is definitely my favorite picture from the tour.

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A couple of our fellow passengers were owners of “buyback” ponies, so they were ready with binoculars, trying to spot their ponies. Several of them were very familiar with the horses, knew their names and which mares were normally with which stallions, etc. It made the tour even more interesting.

In addition to the birds and ponies, our driver also pointed this out to us: a tiny screech owl in one of the squirrel boxes.

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As you can tell from the pictures, we had a beautiful day to tour the island.

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Tomorrow, I’ll “wrap up” our Chincoteague trip, but I promise: no ponies.  Well, no REAL ones, anyway.

~These Days Of Mine~

Sunday’s Adventure: Chincoteague

I’ve previously mentioned that Motor Man and I take his mother to lunch on Sundays and then, out for an afternoon adventure. Sometimes he and I plan it ahead of time, but many times, where we go is a surprise, even to me.

Sunday’s adventure was a surprise. We ventured to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, specifically the little waterfront village of Chincoteague. That’s about 140 miles from us, and the trip takes us across the 20-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

On the bridge, as we were approaching the first of two tunnels, we noticed several cargo ships, anchored, waiting to enter the Port of Virginia.  This one, the Santa Paola, was actually underway. The internet tells me that its homeport is Monrovia, Liberia.

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As we emerged from the tunnel, I took this picture through the back window of our vehicle as the ship crossed over the tunnel. (Does anyone else find it a little eerie that a ship can be sailing over the road you’re traveling on…?)

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Once we arrived on the Shore, we could see in the distance the Cape Charles lighthouse.

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After driving through the village of Chincoteague, we drove onto Assateague Island. Oysters, anyone? That’s Assateague Light in the background.

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Assateague is also home to a herd of approximately 150 ponies. I remember loving the book “Misty of Chincoteague” when I was a little girl. Each summer, the Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen sponsor a pony swim. The ponies ( who live on Assateague) are herded up and moved (swim) from Assateague to Chincoteague, where the foals are auctioned. This link gives more information; it’s an interesting read. The Pony Swim would be amazing to see in person, but the site says tens of thousands of people attend, so I think we’ll pass.

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There’s a beautiful beach on Assateague, and a kind stranger took a picture of the three of us with the Atlantic in the background. As you can see, it couldn’t have been a prettier day for a drive.

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On our way back toward the Bridge Tunnel, we drove through the little town of Cape Charles at sunset. The container ships are still waiting in the distance.

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Motor Man always has something up his sleeve. His Mom and I say that, when you get in the vehicle with him, you never know where you’ll go. But it’s always a fun ride.

~These Days Of Mine~