Sunny, 88 degrees, light breezes
We decided to take a trip to Chincoteague Island, VA on this day. It's about an hour's drive from the little Housita that we stay in.
We had breakfast at home and I packed a lunch to take along with us. Ham and cheese sandwiches and turkey and cheese sandwiches. I added plums, nectarines (for me) and peaches (for John) and some of the Doritos we've been snacking on all week.
Our first stop was at NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Island Flight Facility, just outside of Chincoteague. We weren't allowed inside the real facility, but they had a small museum at the Visitor Center, which was cool!
They've done tons of testing of weather balloons and rockets and stuff here for years and years. If your'e a science
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I could tell we were getting near the place because I saw a bunch of these:
There were more than a dozen of these dishes all over the place!
John having some fun!
I didn't take a lot of pictures inside. They also had several short films about NASA and science stuff, some of which we actually saw at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
There were some picnic tables near the parking lot, under trees, so we had our lunch there... and got eaten alive by mosquitoes! I managed to not get bitten all summer and in 5 minutes I had about 10 bug bites on me!
Then we continued on to Chincoteague! Chincoteague looks more like a New England fishing village than a beach resort. I was collecting sand for my sister (she collects sand from all over the world). Do you know that I couldn't find one single beach on Chincoteague Island? I always thought Chincoteague was below Assateague, MD but it's not, Chincoteague is in between mainland Maryland and the island of Assateague. So it's all bay! Chingoteague is nestled in between Maryland and Maryland. The only place that actually has a beach is Tom's Cove Beach, which is in Chincoteague National Park, which is located on Assateague Island, in Maryland! We drove all over that stupid place, looking for a beach so I could get sand for my sister. By the time we left there, I was so frustrated that I got a bit pissy. That, in turn put John in a bad mood.
But before the day went south on us, we had a nice time. We drove to Chincoteague National Park and found Assateague Lighthouse. We couldn't go up to the top because there was a wasp swarm inside. (darn! I couldn't walk the 198 steps to the top of the lighthouse) They had pictures for sale of the lighthouse, looking all pretty and shiny, but I kinda like my photo better.
After the lighthouse (and before the pissing match), we drove around a bit and found Tom's Cove Beach. It's not a large beach. As a matter of fact, it's a long narrow beach, only about 20 or 30 feet to the water's edge and you can park your car within feet of your blanket, just over a small dune. We only stayed for a minute or two. I didn't get any photos. Sorry.
So it was a very quiet ride back to Ocean City. Neither one of us was in the mood to do anything fun, so we ordered Pizza delivered from Lombardi's and watched the CSI and The Mentalist premieres.
What's in store for tomorrow?? Why, it's Sunfest!!! and John got happy again!
**psst! I'm wondering who is the person who reads my blog every day from Broken Arrow, OKlahoma. I'm as curious as my cats!