chincoteague national wildlife refuge: bicycling the wildlife loop around snow goose pool

Sunday, October 25:  After driving and walking around the wildlife refuge, Mike and I return to the Channel Bass Inn to eat some tacos at the food truck out back, Right Up Your Alley.

Entrance to the food truck, Right Up Your Alley
Entrance to the food truck, Right Up Your Alley
ducks in the pond at the Inn's gardens
ducks in the pond at the Inn’s gardens

After lunch, we borrow two of the Channel Bass Inn’s bicycles to ride around the refuge. We ride through the Town of Chincoteague, down Maddox Boulevard and across the bridge to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

crossing the marsh on our bicycles
crossing the marsh at Piney Island on our bicycles
me and my bicycle
me and my bicycle at Piney Island
Mike and his bicycle
Mike and his bicycle
Assateague Channel
Assateague Channel

First we make a stop to watch the egrets along Swan Cove Pool.

looking over Black Duck Pool
looking over Swan Cove Pool
egrets at Black Duck Pool
egrets at Swan Cove Pool
egrets at Black Duck Pool
egrets at Swan Cove Pool

We continue on along Branch Road, heading back toward the Wildlife Loop.

Black Duck Marsh
Swan Cove Pool
marshland at Black Duck Pool
marshland at Swan Cove Pool
Along Swan Cove Trail
Along the Wildlife Loop: Swan Cove Pool

We ride along the Swan Cove Trail to the Assateague Island beach, where we’re warned to behave ourselves.  Too bad public nudity is prohibited! 🙂

Public Nudity Prohibited
Public Nudity Prohibited
Assateague Island beach off the Swan Cove Trail
Assateague Island beach off the Swan Cove Trail

Someone has fashioned a tee-pee out of beach detritus.  It’s made up of some interesting things, both man-made and natural.

Art from beach detritus
Art from beach detritus
shells
shells
more shells
more shells

We can see traces of fiddler crabs.

fiddler crab footprints
fiddler crab footprints

We hop on our bicycles again and head back to the Wildlife Loop.

view along Swan Cove Trail
view along Swan Cove Trail
Mike riding back from Swan Cove Trail
Mike riding back from Swan Cove Trail

Along the Wildlife Loop, we have beautiful views of the marshes and Snow Goose Pool.

views along the Wildlife Loop
views along the Wildlife Loop
parking along the Wildlife Loop at Snow Goose Pool
parking along the Wildlife Loop at Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool and sea oats
Snow Goose Pool and sea oats
Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool
Egret at Snow Goose Pool
Egret at Snow Goose Pool
Egret at Snow Goose Pool
Egret at Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool
Snow Goose Pool

Back on the main road, we stop for more views of the marsh and sea oats of Little Tom’s Cove.

view over Swan Cove Pool
view over Little Tom’s Cove and Assateague Point

In the far distance, we can see a herd of the wild ponies, but they’re too far away to capture them with my camera.

Swan Cove Pool
Little Tom’s Cove & Assateague Point
trees bordering Swan Cove Pool
trees bordering Little Tom’s Cove

Leaving the refuge, we cross the bridge again across the Assateague Channel and stop to take pictures of the homes at the edge of Piney Island.

Crossing the bridge at Piney Island
Crossing the bridge at Piney Island
homes along Piney Island
homes along Piney Island

Mike is determined that we should sample some of the highly recommended ice cream at The Island Creamery, so we park our bicycles on their deck and go inside to sample some.

inside The Island Creamery
inside The Island Creamery

We share a cone with two scoops and it’s huge!  It’s also rather late in the day to be eating such goodness, when dinner is so close at hand.

Mike eats a huge ice cream cone at The Island Creamery
Mike eats a huge ice cream cone at The Island Creamery
The Island Creamery
The Island Creamery
The Island Creamery
The Island Creamery
Mike and his bicycle outside The Island Creamery
Mike and his bicycle outside The Island Creamery

As we leave the Creamery, I see this sign for Steamers next door, that advertises a DJ with almost the same name as my son: Adam Dutch…

DJ Adam Dutch :-)
DJ Adam Dutch 🙂

Taking a spin around town near our inn, we come across these oversize LOVE beach chairs.

LOVE beach chairs
LOVE beach chairs

We go back to the Inn where we relax a while with some wine, and then we head to Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, for my birthday dinner.  I have some delicious blackened grouper and Mike has Chincoteague oysters for the second night in a row.  Overall, it is a perfect day for my big birthday. 🙂

It turns out we are the only guests in the inn tonight, and, as the innkeepers live in a house several blocks over, we have the whole place to ourselves.  We actually sit in the sitting room and watch an episode of Madam Secretary, which we’ve been watching every Sunday evening.  What a marvelous spread we have all to ourselves! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “chincoteague national wildlife refuge: bicycling the wildlife loop around snow goose pool

  1. I’ve never been there, but having spent so much time on islands up and down the east coast, I feel I know it – the egrets, the sea oats, the grasses and beach. Glad you had a great time – perfect way to celebrate.

    1. Thanks, Jo. I loved those rusty and golden fall colors too. As for the ice cream, we’re not as creative as you are in Portugal, just the same old flavors, especially in a typically American town like Chincoteague. I’m still dreaming of the fig and almond ice cream we never had! 🙂

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