Our goal today was to complete the drive to Assateague Island National Seashore where we have camping reservations for three nights. The original GoogleMaps estimate led me to believe it would be about a 3 ½ hour drive. However, when I entered the destination today it indicated 4 ½ hours due to an accident along the original route. By the time we were ready to head out, however, that accident had been cleared up, our original route was back as the preferred route, but it still showed a 4-hour drive. (There were various areas of slowdowns due to construction and minor accidents.) We left a thank-you note with our Wycombe Vineyards friends and left at about 10:00AM.
The drive was uneventful and smooth-sailing. We drove close by the city of Philadelphia and had a nice view of the skyline on I95.
Most of the driving was in the state of Delaware where we were glad to buy our gasoline. The price of gas in PA was about 30 cents per gallon higher than in Delaware, and when you’re buying 30 gallons it makes a difference.
We arrived at the Assateague Island National Seashore visitor’s center before 2:00, and we spent some time there getting acquainted with our surroundings. We learned about the horses, the marsh, the beach, and the island. There really is NOTHING but nature out where we’re going to be camping. It should be a relaxing time. The weather looks decent but not great. It should be mostly sunny and not too cold or too hot. The biggest issue will be the wind, which is roaring in off the ocean.
The ponies were kind enough to make an appearance at our campsite, which is RIGHT on the beach. At one point I was sitting outside enjoying a snack and one pony came over looking like she was going to insist on sharing it. She responded to my “NO… go away.” Fortunately. They’re nice to look at, but I prefer them to be at a bit of a distance. Tomorrow I’ll try to get some photos of them.