We're home; we're happy; we're tired; we're tan. We are drowning under piles of dirty and clean laundry and yesterday we vacuumed a third of Assateague Island out of our new van--I had to shampoo the trunk and use a good deal of Febreeze, too, because something in our shell collection died back there and made the whole van smell like low tide. It took about five hours of hard work, but I think I've got it back to good as new.
We really had a great time. The weather was perfect and it was wonderful to see Jeremy's family and meet some new cousins for the very first time--mighty cute cousins, I must say.
We learned about the area wildlife and geology and earned the Assateague Island Junior Ranger badges. I just love the National Park system and programs! The boys found so much by exploring on their own and then they learned more about those things by completing the activities and taking the tour required to earn their badges and "graduate" to Junior Rangers.
We saw Marguerite Henry's house where she lived when she wrote "Misty of Chincoteague." I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it. We saw the Chincoteague lighthouse up close.
We sat on the steps, but didn't climb inside because it was a hot day and they don't air condition lighthouses and it just wouldn't have become cooler as we'd have gone up. Then we served as lunch for an aggressive swarm of vicious mosquitoes on the walk back to the car.
We saw deer, and geese, and ducks, and cranes, and plovers, and pipers, and the great blue heron. And yes, we saw ponies. But we never saw the wild ponies this close. We mostly saw them as dots on the horizon or penned up in town giving rides for a charge. My brother in law lucked out on a bike tour and took this picture.
We're happy to be home and once we've cleaned up we'll be jumping into a routine. My computer monitor is out for repairs so I'm updating from a laptop that isn't as easy to use. Blogging may be sporadic in the next week or so, but I wanted to say "hello" especially since I've been getting email from some of you wondering where I am. Thank you for asking. We're glad to be home.