Recently my friend and I took a trip to Chincoteague and Assateague islands. Assateague is a small island in the
We spent the evening walking the town and shopping. We were feeling a little hungry and decided to stop by “The Island Creamery” for a delicious cone of t ice cream. As I sat on the deck of the ice cream shop I realized that the pace of this island was much different from other places I have been to. It was more common for people to travel on bicycles and scooters than in cars. It seemed as if people were in much less of a rush to get to where they were going and even the people native to Chincoteague appeared to be taking time to enjoy life. That night we decided to join in the spirit of the island by relaxing on our porch and listening to the sound of crickets in the patch of woods that surrounded our house.
The following morning my friend and I started the day at “Main Street Shop and Coffeehouse”. Here we could look at the
When going through Assateague, one should not expect to encounter heavy traffic nor should they expect an ice cream cart selling Popsicles. However, what one can expect is a gorgeous ride through undisturbed woods and marshland. They may even see a herd of wild ponies grazing peacefully in their natural habitat. My friend and I experienced all of this as we followed the bike path through the island following signs that read “Beach”.
Finally, through a patch of greens, we saw the endless stretch of ocean laid out before us. We ran to the warm sand where we skipped and laughed in delight. We realized that we had the day to make sand castles, jump waves in the ocean, and play with the little crab we had found scuttling across the sand. My friend and I could act as though we were five rather than 17 because there was essentially no one around to care.
I believe I learned many valuable lessons from my trip. One of them is to always wear bug spray when you’re on an island known for mosquitoes. From the ponies and people native to the island I learned that life is much better lived if we take the time to enjoy it. By seeing the natural beauty of
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