August 7, 2012
For those in search of a calmer beach experience, nearby Assateague National Island Seashore can be a good alternative to Ocean City. And there's another perk to this great park- you can have bonfires on the beach. There is no better way to unwind than to sit around a fire with friends, eating smores, and looking up at the stars - which are easier to see at the park, miles away from civilization. Its something Ive done regularly for many years. If youre going to have a fire on the beach, you'll need to pay an entry fee to get into the park.
June 26, 2012
So as summer kicks into high gear, the crowds and traffic begin to rise to their summer peak on Coastal Highway. If you are looking for a different, and in many ways more tranquil beach experience, Assateague Island National Seashore might be the spot for you. Assateague has tons of open beach, salt marshes and of course the wild horses. Here are few tips on how to make your day trip to Assateague a unique experience that will make you feel as if you vacationed in two different places during your visit down the ocean.
March 16, 2012
Spring brings all kinds of new life. The Assateague Island Allia nce reports two foals born recently to the wild horse herd that roams the National Seashore near Ocean City. The little filly pictured here was born last Friday to an 8-year-old mare dubbed April Star (aka N2BHS-C, under the alpha-numeric identification system used by the National Park Service to track the genetic lineage of the herd). The alliance, which holds an an annual horse naming auction to help support management of the animals, initially reported that this was the only new addition expected this year to the 114-horse herd because of the contraceptives administered to keep the wild animals from overpopulating the narrow, sandy barrier island. But late yesterday, the alliance emailed that a second foal had been spotted by a park staffer, this one born to a mare named Queen Latifah (aka N9BFT)
August 31, 2011
Colleges Frostburg player died from head trauma, father says The father of a 22-year-old football player for Frostburg State who died Sunday told The New York Times that his son died from "severe head trauma. " Derek Sheely , a fullback from Germantown, died late Sunday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was injured Aug. 22. "I don't know how it happened," Kenneth Sheely , Derek's father, told the Times. "It doesn't really matter how it happened, personally.
July 26, 2011
Tomorrow is the annual summertime pony swim across the Assateague channel. The wild ponies that inhabit the Chincoteague, Va., portion of the Assateague Island National Seashore will be rounded up sometime around "slack tide" and herded across the water to the carnival grounds, where they will be auctioned off. It's a big event that draws thousands to the region every year. If you're in Ocean City, it's probably no more than a 90-minute drive or less to the southern end of the shore in Chincoteague, Va. (Tomorrow it may take longer depending on traffic, of course.)
September 2, 2010
— Neil and Mary Edith Flynn waved goodbye to their son and his family and turned to their sand-colored RV. A high ridge of sea grasses and bayberry bushes blocked the ocean from view in this stretch of the state park, but the sound of hurricane-driven surf smashing onto the shore traveled over the dunes. "Well, we put everything inside and battened down the hatches," said Mary Edith Flynn, 77. "We're just going to sit here and watch the storm go by. " As Hurricane Earl hurtled up the East Coast, families along this spindly barrier island folded up tents and lugged boogie boards, chairs and dejected children to their vehicles.