This weekend's road trip gave me the opportunity to check off something that has long been on my bucket list: seeing the wild horses of Assateague Island.
The herd of about 300 feral ponies can be found along a 37-mile stretch of Virginia and Maryland, off the eastern coast of the Delmarva (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) peninsula. These ponies were much tamer than those I saw on Shackleford Banks in North Carolina a few years back. That island is accessible only by ferry; the ponies were more skittish and kept mostly to themselves. At Assateague, they wandered freely everywhere -- in the middle of the road, in the parking lots, coming right up to my car, completely oblivious to cars, bicyclists, and tourists.
Where: Assateague Island National Seashore (Point C on map)