Getting on/off a bus; on/off a pontoon boat. Walking up to 1/4 mile; undeveloped beach.
In the motel café, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, hot or cold cereal, yogurt, fruit, baked goods, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will hop aboard our bus and drive a short distance to Assateague National Seashore, the longest stretch of wild, undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. As we walk along the sandy shore, our Group Leader will discuss dune ecology and explain the forces that affect the environment of a barrier island. We’ll then return to the Museum of Chincoteague.
At the Museum, we’ll have boxed lunches.
Next, we’ll explore the exhibits in the Museum of Chincoteague Island with a local expert. As we view exhibits that trace the island’s history and heritage, we’ll see a rare First Order Fresnel Lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts, and much more. We’ll learn about the unique 300-year history of Chincoteague and Assateague as well as how and why its resilient people survived and adapted despite isolation, storms, wars, and changing economies. We’ll walk to the motel dock for a late afternoon cruise along Chincoteague waterways as a crew member points out places of historic interest and describes how the island has changed over time.
At the motel, we’ll have a “small plates” meal prepared by a local chef featuring island heirloom recipes, each course paired with a different wine. Enjoy the view overlooking Chincoteague Bay as we spend time with fellow Road Scholars and watch one of Chincoteague's spectacular sunsets (weather permitting, of course!).