Stepping away from Ms. Henry's story, legend has it that the ponies swam ashore to this 37-mile-long barrier island off of Virginia's eastern shore from a Spanish galleon that was shipwrecked centuries ago en route to Peru. How they really got to the uninhabited island isn't known, but a band of these shaggy, sturdy little wild horses still run free on Assateague. They share the barrier island with snow geese, peregrine falcons, great blue herons and snowy egrets.
Aerial view of Assateague Island
This post is the first in my Future Excursions mini-series. About every two or three years my husband and I take an extended and long-distance trip and the years in between we stay state-side, go somewhere we've not been to or one we'd like to revisit. Our 2011 trip to Scotland and Wales was our last biggie,
Beaumaris Castle, Isle of Anglesey, Wales - built in the 13th century
Assateague and Chincoteague Islands are places I've wanted to go since reading Ms. Henry's book, first published in 1947. Seeing the film, Violets Are Blue, about twenty years after reading Misty rekindled that desire.
But...one herd at a time. First to Assateague. Yee-haw!
Have you been there, or to another wild horse preserve? Or any type of animal preserve?
(hint, hint, nudge, nudge)