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My Vacation on the Eastern Shore

By:  Kathleen  •  Vacations  •  11 months ago  •  78 comments

My Vacation on the Eastern Shore

Last week. my family and I took a vacation in Ocean City Maryland and we drove to Assateague Island.

We also watched all the boats that came in from Marlin Fishing, which is a big contest on the Eastern Shore.

We had a great time and I would like to share some of the pics I took with you. Happy


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1  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

These are the boats that are coming back from Marlin fishing in Ocean City.   IMG_4769.JPG

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5  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

These are pics of Assateague Island.

We drove up to a campground and the horses were just staying by the campers like they were a part of it.IMG_4779.JPG

5.1  MrFrost  replied to  Kathleen @5    11 months ago

I got bitten by a horse once, i'm not a fan. LOL

5.1.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MrFrost @5.1    11 months ago

They told us to keep at least 40 feet away from them. They kick too.  I guess you would never ride one.. : )

5.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Kathleen @5.1.1    11 months ago

I have ridden horses, just not my favorite thing to do..

5.1.3  author  Kathleen  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.2    11 months ago

I have only once, once was enough.

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These pics were taken as we were driving and they were alongside the road.IMG_4798.JPG

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There were many trails we could walk, this one was through the woods until you reached a walkway. Many pines, marshes, grasslands to look at. It was a really nice walk.IMG_4775.JPG

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14.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Kathleen @14    11 months ago

There is a glimpse of my daughter walking.

15  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

Here we reached a little beach area, and a storm is coming up.IMG_4785.JPG

16  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

This was a pic of some cactus on the ground, but we had to be careful not to walk on them with bare feet! TIMG_4787.JPGhey also shot out these thorns that stuck to our shoes and shoelaces. We had a least 12 on us.

16.1  MrFrost  replied to  Kathleen @16    11 months ago

Are those edible?

16.1.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MrFrost @16.1    11 months ago

I am not sure, they were all over, I would be afraid to touch them.

16.1.2  Krishna  replied to  MrFrost @16.1    10 months ago

I think those Cacti are called "Prickly Pears"? I'm not sure if they're the same ones, but I've seen similar ones in Mexico near Mexico City and Israel. And IIRC in the Mojave desert in the U.S. as well  (Ask Bob Nelson he would probably know). In Mexico they're called by an Aztec name: Nopal.  In Israel they're called Sabras. In the U.S. "Prickly Pears".

They have those typical Yellow flowers and I think its later in the summer that they develop small Red fruit. The fruit are edible-- quite delicious in fact. But of course you have to be careful of the thorns (they also have very small thorns that can be difficult to remove).

I found these two pictures on Google-- the plant with the fruits, and close up of the fruit:



16.1.3  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @16.1.2    10 months ago

If you look at the picture you can see the fruit has a small slightly concave brown area on either end. A Mexican I met told me that you can hold the fruit with your forefinger on one end and your thumb on the other. He demonstrated that for me-- then he rolled it on the ground several times to remove the small thorns. (I don't remember all the details-- but I think after that IIRC he used a knife to remove the clusters of large thorns). Then we ate a few of them.

16.1.4  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @16.1.3    10 months ago
he used a knife to remove the clusters of large thorns)

Speaking of eating Cacti, I have eaten one other Cactus-- Peyote. But that was not the fruit but rather the "meat" of the plant. We used a knife to remove the clusters of large thorns, cut it up into small pieces and ate it. (It tastes terrible!)

Peyote is used by some American Indians throughout the Americas in their religious ceremonies-- it contains an Hallucinogen called Mescaline which I believe is similar to LSD (?) but considerably milder. The results of eating it was a fascinating experience. 

16.1.5  author  Kathleen  replied to  Krishna @16.1.2    10 months ago

Oh yes... they look just like them.  There are so many on the ground there.  I do think they are pretty though, I am just afraid to walk around them.

16.1.6  author  Kathleen  replied to  Krishna @16.1.4    10 months ago

Hmmm,  maybe they used it as a medicine.  

Split Personality
16.1.7  Split Personality  replied to  Krishna @16.1.2    9 months ago

They make jam from the fruit

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16.2  Split Personality  replied to  Kathleen @16    9 months ago

That's prickly pear cactus which is found coast to coast, but not the source of your shooting thorns.

Newer leaves have a spot with dozens of hair like needles one of which will mature to a spiky thorn.  Believe me, the tiny ones are much worse.

Shooting thorns are more likely the thistle plants which are clear in the picture also.

I also have some weeds in my garden that if left to grow, literally shoots little spikey balls (seeds) in every direction when touched.

16.2.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Split Personality @16.2    9 months ago

They were little balls with spikes on them stuck to our shoes. I mean really hard to get off.  Glad it was not on our skin..

So it was the plants around them, okay, because I have been around that type of cactus and they have never done that before. That explains it.

17  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

This trail was along side of the beach. It was about a mile long. It was a good workout.IMG_4789.JPG

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18.1  Spikegary  replied to  Kathleen @18    11 months ago

Nice pics.  Sadly, all the years I lived in Virginia (16+) I never made it out to any of the islands.  I may have to correct that at some point.  I hope you had a wonderful vacation!

18.1.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Spikegary @18.1    11 months ago

Thank you Gary, it was a relaxing type of vacation.

19  Kavika     11 months ago

Great photos Kathleen. Are those wild horses or domestic just doing their thing?

19.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Kavika @19    11 months ago

Thank you, they were wild horses.  Many people come there to just see the horses.

19.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Kathleen @19.1    11 months ago

Very cool. I love horses and it's good to see them living wild.

19.1.2  author  Kathleen  replied to  Kavika @19.1.1    11 months ago

We had to stay at least 40 feet away from them, we got a little close driving by, but they never moved. Yes, I like that they were free to roam too.

19.2  GaJenn78  replied to  Kavika @19    11 months ago

That was my question as well!

19.3  XDm9mm  replied to  Kavika @19    11 months ago

They're part of the wild ponies along the Assateague / Chincoteague islands off Maryland and Virginia.   Does the book Misty of Chincoteague ring any childhood memories?   Same herds and bloodlines.

There's a 'round up' in July every year and some are herded across the channel to Chincoteague and are auctioned off to support the volunteer fire department.  Besides keeping the FD operational, it helps keep the herd manageable and not overpopulate. 

19.3.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  XDm9mm @19.3    11 months ago

Yes! I have also been to Chincoteague too, I stayed there years ago. We had watched the ponies. It's a wonderful experience to see them. I also went across the Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel.

Brings back memories. : )

19.3.2  MUVA  replied to  Kathleen @19.3.1    11 months ago

Did you get to Mr.whippies my wife and took the kids a few times when the were young my daughter was into Misty at the time.

19.3.3  author  Kathleen  replied to  MUVA @19.3.2    11 months ago

I am not sure who Mr. Whippie is, but I do remember Misty..

19.3.4  MUVA  replied to  Kathleen @19.3.3    11 months ago

It was Assateague Island go there right now.

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21  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

Hope you enjoyed them, nature is one of my favorite things. I may add a few more later. Happy

22  GaJenn78    11 months ago

Great pics! It looks like y'all had a great time! :-)

22.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  GaJenn78 @22    11 months ago

Thank you : )

We had a nice time, lots of walking and exercise... 

23  XDm9mm    11 months ago

Nice pics KB...

I'm going to surmise that wasn't your first trip there.

Have you ever had the opportunity to head over to Wallops Island when NASA fires a rocket off?   That's pretty cool too...   OK..  it's NOT the Cape, but it's still slick.  (they fire mostly small weather monitoring type rockets.)

Years back...  mid 80's time frame, when I was doing work there a super bolt of lightning actually set a rocket on the pad to flight...   talk about people scrambling to 1- stop it and 2- trying to figure out exactly what the 'f' happened..  it wan's supposed to fly for a few more days.

23.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  XDm9mm @23    11 months ago

No I have not, but I would like to..

I will look it up.,

Let's see... I think I have been here about 4 times. It's a wildlife refuge and you can see many birds and plant life, plus you have the ocean right there. First time I went I was a teen and I camped out at Cherrysyone, famous for their clams. That was in a tent... Now I want a hotel. Lol 

The whole area is nice.

Thank you.

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24.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MUVA @24    11 months ago

Nice pic.. : )

25  dave-2693993    11 months ago

Great pics Kathleen.

Thank you.

25.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  dave-2693993 @25    11 months ago

You are welcome Dave. : )

26  Enoch    11 months ago

Dear Friend Kathleen/Butterfie: Super photos.

Great times.

Even better memories to get you through next winter.

Sun and ocean fun. As good as it gets.

Agreed that never go to close to horses, frat parties or other forms of wildlife.

"Safety first prevents the worst".

Thanks for sharing all this.


26.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Enoch @26    11 months ago

Thank you Enoch, 

Nature is a beautiful thing. : )

Buzz of the Orient
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Enoch @26    11 months ago

"Frat parties" - LOL

27  MrFrost    11 months ago

Excellent pics Butter! Thanks for sharing! 

27.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MrFrost @27    11 months ago

Your welcome : )

Buzz of the Orient
28  Buzz of the Orient    11 months ago

I really appreciate being taken along on your trip - these vicarious voyages invoke the great memories of my once "being there" myself. For example, I fished on one of those fishing boats called the Kona Queen off the coast of the big island of Hawaii in 1972, caught a Mahi-Mahi that the hotel cooked up for us for dinner. And the beach is like the one at the westerly end of Lake Ontario when I stayed the summers at my grandmother's cottage - the trail shot is almost identical.  Wonderful memories - thank you.

28.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @28    11 months ago

You are welcome, glad I brought back some memories for you.

I would like to go to Hawaii one day.

28.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Kathleen @28.1    11 months ago
I would like to go to Hawaii one day.

I have been there a few times, it's really nice but you have to avoid the 'touristy' parts. I spent a month there after I graduated from HS in 1986. Met a girl, drank beer...meh, you get the idea. 

28.1.2  author  Kathleen  replied to  MrFrost @28.1.1    11 months ago

I would like to see the Arizona. 

charger 383
29  charger 383    11 months ago

Very nice, been a long time since I have been to Eastern Shore

29.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  charger 383 @29    11 months ago

I like visiting as much as I can. 

30  Ender    11 months ago

Great shots. Thanks for sharing with us.

I have been to Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach plenty of times. That was in my younger years though.

30.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Ender @30    11 months ago

I like Rehoboth, plenty of shops.

pat wilson
31  pat wilson    11 months ago

Nice pics !! Looks relaxing.

Your #7 horse is pregnant, very. She looks a little Arabian.

31.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  pat wilson @31    11 months ago

She did look big around the middle...

She is eating for two : )

Perrie Halpern R.A.
32  Perrie Halpern R.A.    11 months ago

Great photos Kathleen. 

I went to Ocean City and had a great time. There is also an Ocean City in New Jersey, also had a great time, but they are very different. 

You should come and try our coast. Long Island has beautiful beaches, one of the joys of growing up here. 

32.1  MUVA  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @32    11 months ago

I have surfed Long Island before in my youth we would follow hurricane swell up the east coast. I have surfed long beach and Rockaway  a few others.

33  author  Kathleen    11 months ago

Thank you, I will. I have been to Cape May last year and I really liked it. We took the ferry over.

34  Krishna    10 months ago

Looks like a wonderful vacation!

I've never been to that part of Maryland, but I've been to similar beaches-- two states to the South. One year after final exams several of us piled into cars and drove to North Carolina's Outer Banks. Those are barrier beaches-- very long and very narrow islands off the coast. (Some are attached at one end to the main coast so I suppose those are technicalled called peninsulas and not islands).

A lot like where you were-- in fact most of your photos could've been pictures of where we where in N.C. The only difference in that we were in an area that wasn't built up-- not a single house.

And-- there also wild horses! People said they were descendents of horses brought over by Spanish ships long ago-- ships that sank in the storms and then many horses managed to swim ashore. (I don't know if that is true or not).

34.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @34    10 months ago

We stayed a few days-- slept in sleeping bags on the large dunes or just behind them. Mosquitoes were a big problem!

The names of some of the areas on the Outer Banks may be familiar to some people: Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, etc.

IIRC the Outer Banks extend from Beaufort M.C. Northward up to Virginia Beach.


(Actually I believe the current Hurricane is expected to make landfall somewhere in this area)

34.1.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Krishna @34.1    10 months ago

I always wanted to visit the outer banks, drove by it going to Disney though.. 

Thank you for showing me.  

You should take the time and visit, its a peaceful place and if you like wildlife, its the perfect place. 

Yes! It sticks out like a sore thumb. I hope it does not do too much damage.

34.1.2  Krishna  replied to  Kathleen @34.1.1    9 months ago

Some of the Outer Banks islands are very, very narrow-- so narrow that no one builds anything there:


In this picture you can see the ocean surf breaking to the right-- to the left is a large bay between this narrow island and the mainland. The gray line in the middle is a road.

On the mostly deserted islands the only people you see are fisherman driving up and down the beach with fishing rods on top of their cars. Looking for fish (Striped Bass is what they mostly want . . . but sometimes they can only find Bluefish).

But some of these barrier beach islands are much wider and are somewhat built up.


The picture is Ocracoke Island. 

(I did not take these pictures, I googled to find them).

I visited some N.C. barrier beaches after final exams when I was in college, but haven't been back since.

34.1.3  author  Kathleen  replied to  Krishna @34.1.2    9 months ago

Thank you for the pictures Krishna.  It look like a very narrow sand bar, a good storm can surely take that away.