Getting on/off a school bus. Walking up to 1/4 mile; sandy beach terrain.
In the motel dining area, 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.
We’ll be joined in the museum by a local artisan who spins wool from Hog Island sheep, the very breed of sheep that used to roam free on Assateague Island. This skilled artisan is the keeper of an important story: what life was like for women living on Assateague Island long ago. The practice of spinning wool and knitting is a window into their lives. Later in the afternoon, we'll take a bus to Merritt Harbor for a cruise along the Chincoteague waterfront and learn how the waterfront has changed over the time. We will also observe the remains of the historic Killick Shoals lighthouse and learn about Chincoteague's historic connections to the mainland.
We'll have a small plates dinner featuring examples of native island cuisine prepared by a local chef using heirloom island recipes passed down from his grandmother; each course will be paired with specially selected wines; water included. As we enjoy dessert, we’ll socialize with new Road Scholar friends.