Chincoteague!

 

Midweek, we headed west again, but this time we turned north just before getting to Norfolk so we could travel the world’s largest bridge/tunnel structure; the Chesapeake Bridge/Tunnel, stretching almost 20 miles across one of America’s busiest sea channels.  For a bridge geek, this is one of the ultimates…okay, there may be 15 or 20 bridge-geek ultimates, but this is definitely one of them!

 

We stopped at the first island on the complex for a wonderful seafood lunch.  Lunch got even better when we spotted an American attack submarine crossing through the channel.  I grabbed my “Pete” camera and got a great shot.  First time we’ve ever seen a submarine in the wild!

 

Then we traveled up the Eastern Shore to visit one of the horse-lover’s ultimates: Chincoteague.  I read “Misty of Chincoteague” back in the 4th grade and have always wanted to see these storied ponies.  That desire, coupled with Mona’s love of seeing wild horses made this a must see for us. Thankfully, Monte and Aleta were willing to accommodate us.  We got into Chincoteague and stopped at Island Creamery for homemade ice cream….not a normal stop for us, but it was soooo good!
Chincoteague Ponies!

We then drove out to Assateague Island, where the wild ponies are.  We walked a trail back to a viewing platform and as luck would have it….we saw two of the ponies.  So very very cool!  Our glimpse of the horses didn’t last long but that was okay; we saw them!  Cross another item off the bucket list! (Along the way we thought of a few more items  to add to the bucket list so we’re not gaining much on it!)

While driving to Assateague we drove through a NASA facility on Wallops Island.  Had no idea this was here until we saw a huge radar array installation.  Then passed by their visitor’s center with rockets on display outside.  Just yesterday an Antares rocket was launched from here, testing the capability to supply the International Space Station from Wallops. Love learning about places like this!

 

Williamsburg seems to specialize in breakfast restaurants and we tried two, Mama Steve’s and Chickahominy.  Wow….go to either of these places if you want incredible pancakes…especially blueberry pancakes and Virginia ham.  Yum!

 

On the way home we stopped in Lexington, Kentucky…had to go by the Kentucky Horse Farm and visit the statues of Secretariat and Man of War…two incredible horses.

Man of War Burial Site

 

It’s been a fun trip, but it’s time to go home.  Hope all the rain and snow is gone!

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