Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beach Camping at Assateague Island

Two weeks ago, my family and I went camping for a couple of days at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. Below are a few pictures from the trip.

There are a couple things I learned about beach camping. First, setting up a tent with the beach breeze can get difficult. Building a fire with the beach breeze constantly swirling can make for quite the chore to get the fire burning. And beach sand, though soft to walk on, gets as hard as a rock when you sleep on it.

The great thing though is having the beach just outside your tent. After walking over the dunes from walk-in campsite #46, there is a beautiful view of the beach. Because campers are only in this section of the island, it is like having a private beach. On the days we were out, very few people were on the beach.

Of course, the draw for the island are the wild horses. There are a lot of warnings about keeping food in your car and not your tent because the horses will try to get it. We didn't run into any problems, but I think part of that is due to the fencing around the section of the campsite. Around the island though, we did see the wild horses.

Would we go again? I think so. But we'll definitely bring an air mattress!

Enjoy the photos.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Once we arrived, we wasted no time taking a family photo.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2630" align="alignleft" width="640"] My beautiful wife on our private beach![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2631" align="alignleft" width="640"] We love boogie boarding!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2641" align="alignleft" width="640"] Who's gonna ride your wild horses?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2638" align="alignleft" width="640"] Don't worry. No little boys or girls were harmed in the taking of this photograph.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="alignleft" width="640"] A difficult picture to take, but very cool.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2635" align="alignleft" width="640"] By the end of the trip, Ethan had boogie boarding down to a science.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2629" align="alignleft" width="640"] Here is where Emma claimed the beach as hers.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2628" align="alignleft" width="640"] They don't really look wild, but they are.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2632" align="alignleft" width="640"] Did I mention we love boogie boarding?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2633" align="alignleft" width="640"] Checkers with seashells! What a great idea.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2639" align="alignleft" width="640"] Yes. I too like to boogie board.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2634" align="alignleft" width="640"] Me holding Emma's hand.[/caption]