life, lately: exploring the shore

The last week in July, my aunts and cousins traveled to town and we took time to explore some of the Eastern Shore. 

On their first full day here, we woke up before the sun and drove to Chincoteague Island, Virginia for the annual pony swim. This tiny island has been hosting the swim for over ninety years and it is the only place in the world where you can see something like this. On Wednesday, they swim from Assateague to Chincoteague during slack tide and are auctioned off the next day. The adult ponies swim back on Friday. 

Since the swim didn't actually happen until mid-morning, we passed time in the heat braiding hair and walking around. I am not sure if bringing a toddler to something like this was the best idea - I will wait a few more years before I do it again. I will also go on the day that the remaining ponies swim back so there are less crowds. I really only saw the top of people's heads during the actual swim. But, it was nice hanging out with family and at least trying it once. 

After the swim, we walked some of the island and picked a spot to watch the ponies parade through town. It was actually a great way to see the ponies!

After the parade, we made the long walk back to the car with a break at the carnival. We made it back to our spot just as it started to rain. 

The next day, we decided to check out the beach on Deal Island to search for sea glass. This was Olivia's first time on the beach and she hated the sand. We didn't stay long and opted for the pool in the afternoon instead. It was a beautiful, quiet spot, though. I will definitely go back. 

It was great taking a few days off to spend it with family. I can't wait until they are back next year. 

What fun adventures have you taken this summer?