The last day of our Maryland eastern shore trip we spent walking along the Assateague Island National Seashore. The island was established as a National Seashore in 1962 to protect the migratory shorebirds and other abundant species. Over 320 species of birds can be found on the island during their season. But the day was windy and we didn’t see the variety of birds I had hoped for.
I had not been to the Atlantic Ocean for about eight years but it was as powerful and expansive as I remembered. It is the second-largest body of water, with the Pacific being the largest. It covers 22 percent of the Earth’s surface and is about 41.1 million square miles. I also found out that it is the saltiest major ocean. I remember as a kid I hated to get that stinging salt in my eyes while playing in the waves. Today we just walked along the shore taking photos.
There were the usual gulls and sanderlings feeding long the shore.
Signs of other life were also evident.
The main attraction were the ponies and they seemed to be out in record numbers, surrounded by visitors taking photos. Of course I had to take one as well.
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