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Chincoteague & Assateague

A really unique national park. These barrier islands off the coast of Virginia are preserves with an amazing amount of diversity. Many migratory birds, horseshoe crabs, turtles, large squirrels(!) and threatened/endangered species make their home here.

A really unique national park. These barrier islands off the coast of Virginia are preserves with an amazing amount of diversity. Many migratory birds, horseshoe crabs, turtles, large squirrels(!) and threatened/endangered species make their home here.

However, the main draw for tourists is the herds of wild horses that also live on the islands, (made famous in the book “Misty of Chincoteague”). We went in February, but in the summer the town rounds up all the ponies, leads them across at low tide, and auctions off a few. This serves as a fundraiser and population control. Seems a bit sad to me though :(

The views (and sunsets) are amazingly beautiful, be it in the marshes, beach, tidal flats, or forest. Took along the Holga and Fed (which still needs developing). Tried to find the old, abandoned fishing factory. I think it got reclaimed by the sea; we found a coast guard outpost instead with no one home.

Links: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/chinco/introduction.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chincoteague_Pony

http://www.chincoteague.com/pony/ponies.html

written by knoepflmacher

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