Last weekend Nick and I headed to the eastern shore of Maryland to camp at Assateague Island State Park, famous for the wild horses that inhabit the island.
The campsites are mostly sand and run right along the dunes next to the ocean. There are only a few shrubs and almost no trees, so the campground is very wide open.
The weather was sunny and in the high-80s when we arrived on Friday, so as soon as we unpacked and set up the tent we headed for the beach. We basically had the beach to ourselves given that the school year started earlier in the week for most area families!
After a few hours under the
sun umbrella, we headed back to our campsite for dinner. It’s usually very windy at the campground, which is good for helping keep the mosquitoes at bay, but it can also be a challenge when trying to light a fire or cook a meal on the camp stove! Thankfully with some man-made wind shields we were able to make a great fire and dinner!
The park has many miles of paved hike/bike trails, so on Saturday morning we rode our bicycles over the bridge to the mainland to explore the marina and visitor center.
On the way back we rode through Assateague Island National Park, which is just a few miles down the road from the state park. We’ve always camped at the state park because the amenities are better (warm showers and flush toilets); however, the sites at the national park are slightly more green and private, so we may have to give the national park a try next summer.
We never saw any horses this visit roaming the state park; however, we came across quite a few at the national park.
The area must have had heavy rains recently because there was standing water in many of the campsites at both the state and national parks – I thought these seagulls swimming next to the camp fire ring were so funny!
After our long bike ride we grabbed our suits and beach gear from our campsite and drove back over to the national park to spend the day at that beach. The weather was perfect – we played in the waves, relaxed in the sun, and ate some actual sandwiches thanks to the wind gusts 🙂
There were also some kite surfers at the beach and it was so interesting to watch them surf the waves and manage their huge kites in the high winds.
After we unpacked on Sunday, we headed to the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival a few blocks from our house to enjoy the live music and craft fair – and of course we indulged in some festival food!
We had such a nice weekend, and since the temperatures have dipped into the high-70s this week, I’m so glad we were able to spend one last weekend at the beach!