Sunset in Chincoteague

I don’t have a lot of sunsets in my scrapbooks.  The only one that stands out is one taken with a point and shoot film camera while I was on top of a ferris wheel in…drumroll…Chincoteague about 15 summers ago.  People on our tour boat were still turning their cameras to the wild horses but not me.  I was noticing the amazing colors in the sky and the contrast of the water.  I took over 20 shots and here are my favorite 3.

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If you have the chance to explore the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, you are in for such a relaxing, beautiful experience.

 

 

 

Chincoteague Sunset Cruise

Although I’m saving my sunset photos until either tonight or tomorrow, I am sharing a lot of photos taken while we were on the water during our 3 hour tour.  A 3 hour tour.  He wasn’t Gilligan but our guide was very informative as a lifetime Chincoteaguer.  I found it shocking that the horses swim from Assateague to Chincoteague in less than 10 minutes!  He clearly enjoyed his job.

Love this!

Love this!

Big Fish gear

Big Fish gear

A glance at the marina

A glance at the marina

Dog Days - these boys looked like they were enjoying it!

Dog Days – these boys looked like they were enjoying it!

Another seagull

Another seagull

 

A private island for sale

A private island for sale

Just one little thing...the house isn't on land anymore, lol

Just one little thing…the house isn’t on land anymore, lol

A glimpse behind the boat

A glimpse behind the boat

An osprey on her nest

An osprey on her nest

My first eagle - not enough lens (sigh)

My first eagle – not enough lens (sigh)

Serene moments

Serene moments

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A hard capture – these dolphins were so fast!

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The wild horses were as challenging as the dolphins. Not enough lens but I got them:)

Scenic Chincoteague Virginia

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Chincoteague – On our way to the marina to catch our sunset cruise

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The overall feel of these shots seem moody.  Thankfully we didn’t have rain but the clouds gathered enough to make me worry.  I wanted that cruise around the islands more than anything that day.

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Of course I had to see an interesting tree!5.24 (123)The sun is starting to break through just in time for us to catch our tour boat!

I hope you are enjoying my day at the Eastern Shore of Virginia!  Only a few more days left to go.  I plan to work on my Digital Project Life this weekend scrapping last weekend’s memories.

Have a great Friday!

The Lighthouse of Assateague

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There is something about a lighthouse that fascinates me.  Obviously, I’m not alone in my appreciation of them since there was a large parking lot filled with cars at the trail leading to this beauty.

We were too late to take the tour that would have given us access to the inside.  I missed climbing up a LOT of steps to the 142 foot tall top and I greatly missed the 180 degree views from the widow’s walk.  Oh well.  What Ray and I did experience was still worth the $8.00 admission on to the National Wildlife Preserve island which included access to the beach.

Seeing this historic lighthouse that was built in 1867 was well worth it.  Our sunset cruise also took us by it and the sun came out for a wonderful “golden hour” capture as well.

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Assateague Beach

Although my family lived in Miami, Florida for a few of my early years, I don’t remember seeing the ocean back then.  I know I did but it doesn’t count since I don’t remember it.  Later, there were lake visits when I was a teen and I enjoyed swimming in those dark waters despite the fish nibbles and the possibility of seeing snakes.

I only remember going to the ocean after I turned 18!  I found that immense body of salty water to be miraculous and I found peace listening to it.  Fast forward a decade later when Jeremy started going through his treatments and an idea had formed for our twin’s club moms to have a weekend trip to the beach.  Bliss, peace, serenity or all of those could be found on a sandy beach smelling the salty air.

This day trip to Assateague Beach reminded me of those joyful feelings.  As I got out of the car, I closed my eyes and took several breaths of salty air.  I didn’t have my swimsuit, blanket or sunscreen.  I was just there to enjoy those few moments before going to the lighthouse.  It was wonderful.

Me and my shadow - hey that's not me!

Me and my shadow – hey that’s not me!

Contemplation

Contemplation

Quintessentially beach

Quintessentially beach

Colorful and crowded

Colorful and crowded

A glimpse of the surf

A glimpse of the surf

Cape Charles and Exmore – Eastern Shore Va

Here are a few of my favorite shots taken while in Cape Charles and Exmore:

Our first stop

Our first stop

Windsurfer had great breezes

Windsurfer had great breezes

We saw 8 tankers as we were crossing the Chesapeake bridge tunnel - one followed us

We saw 8 tankers as we were crossing the Chesapeake bridge tunnel – one followed us

A heron at the gold course where Ray had played a few years ago

A heron at the golf course where Ray had played a few years ago

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There was a Shetland pony farm

There was a Shetland pony farm

Exmore - a clam and oyster farm

Exmore – a clam and oyster farm

Snow goose – beautiful blue eyes!

Ready, set, GOOSE!

The two headed monster - these two made such a racket!

The two headed monster – these two made such a racket!

An Excellent Adventure

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The Lighthouse at Assateague Island

The best presents aren’t necessarily wrapped!  Yesterday, Ray drove us, by way of the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel, to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  We’ve been there separately but made a great day of exploring and making lasting memories together.  The only scheduled item on our list was a sunset cruise leaving a slip in Chincoteague at 6:15 pm.  No pressure!

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I experience a little stress on long bridges and in tunnels but that all faded away as we got back on terra firma.  First stop was Cape Charles.  We took a left onto Stone Road so that felt promising.  It looked like one street of shops and restaurants and then there was the beach complete with sand dunes!  It was very windy and a little bit chilly.  I would be happy to go back there to this very relaxed town on the Chesapeake Bay.

As we drove north on Hwy 13, Ray noticed a sign for a town called Exmore.  He said his friend Wayne’s dad grew up there so we explored for a little while.  No GPS only a few turns down some unknown roads.  Interesting photo ops were to be found also.  It was a win-win.

Ray also wanted to make a quick stop for a little side job.  Enter the GPS.  We were on the hunt for a nearby Family Dollar.  Leaving the scenic area of Exmore and driving across Hwy 13, I said it was weird that this store would be off the busy highway.  All of a sudden the GPS voice speaks up and says “turn right” but we were on a rural road looking at a driveway to a home.  Ray and I busted up laughing. Technology folks.

There were more wrong turns and a moment of panic when I realized we were heading back to the Chesapeake side of the island.  WRONG WAY!.  Then we realized we didn’t have a signal for the GPS to work.  OMG.  Where is the sun?  Where is our compass?

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Obviously, we found our way out and back to our adventure.  But it was hysterical.  Every so often one of us would say “turn right” just for fun.

Chincoteague was even more than I remembered from the late 90’s.  It was fun to share it with Ray for his first experience.

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I uploaded 400ish photos.  I’ve whittled it down to about half that.  Thank God for digital:) Now I have some serious decision making to do.  I had hoped to capture images of:

1. the beach {check}

2. wildlife – birds {check}, dolphins {check}, wild horses {check} and eagles {check – but focus wasn’t great}

3. scenic {check}

4. sunset {check}

I will be posting these shots of this beautiful part of Virginia soon.