Connecting with Nature On Chincoteague Island

“We need the tonic of wilderness. We can never have enough nature.” Henry David Thoreau

Zoe and I were ready for nature’s “tonic” as she spread several pictures on the kitchen counter. “Did Natalie really hold that big crab Grams? Was it alive?” My 7-year-old granddaughter’s excitement grew as she looked through the old photos of her cousin Natalie’s trip with me to Chincoteague and Assateague islands that grace the Atlantic coastline of Virginia and Maryland.

That was back in 2005.  Now, I was looking forward to sharing the same island adventure with Zoe. “I want to do everything Natalie did,” Zoe said with wide-eyed enthusiasm. I, too, anticipated another chance to create more memories at the resort island – and even booked a room at the same hotel. Zoe would turn seven in two days, and the trip was a birthday gift. Read more. 

Written by Carol Martino

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COVER CREDIT: "Assateague Lighthouse" Magazine Collage by Laura Laird
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