|Photo courtesy Assateague Explorer|
The original lighthouse was constructed in 1833. In 1860, construction on a taller, more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse began, but was delayed by the Civil War. After the war, work resumed and the lighthouse was completed in 1867. An active navigational aid, the lighthouse is in the National Register of Historic places. In 1933 the lighthouse was converted to be electrically operated, and its first light was a candle lantern. You can hike to the lighthouse on a short half-mile round-trip walk; there is a minor entrance fee.
|I took this photo with a zoom lens all the way extended. Yeah, that's how far away they stayed!|
|We beached our canoes on Assateague hoping to walk over a small ridge to catch a glimpse of the ponies. No luck -- they were well away from the area, across a watery mess of a marsh.|
The ponies struggle to survive on the island. The summer brings mosquitoes, horse flies, and scorching heat; the winter brings frigid, unrelenting winds and storms. These are tough little ponies!
Hint #2: If you're entering Assateague Island to go to the beach after lunch on a summer Saturday, don't drive. Ride a bike instead -- you'll go much faster and won't have to worry about not finding a parking spot. There looked like there were some fun trails on Assateague Island -- we will be back with our bikes to check them out!
Hint #3: If you're a little unsure of yourself in a kayak, try getting a double. If you go with your spouse you may want marriage counseling or a really good criminal defense lawyer afterward...
Hours: Kayak and boat tours run at different times throughout the day. Check the website for tour times.
Dogs: Sorry, no. They aren't welcome on Assateague Island, and certainly not on the kayaking tour!