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.
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.
First we make a stop to watch the egrets along Swan Cove Pool.
We continue on along Branch Road, heading back toward the Wildlife Loop.
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! 🙂
Someone has fashioned a tee-pee out of beach detritus. It’s made up of some interesting things, both man-made and natural.
We can see traces of fiddler crabs.
We hop on our bicycles again and head back to the Wildlife Loop.
Along the Wildlife Loop, we have beautiful views of the marshes and Snow Goose Pool.
Back on the main road, we stop for more views of the marsh and sea oats of Little Tom’s Cove.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Taking a spin around town near our inn, we come across these oversize 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! 🙂