DID YOU EVER DREAM YOU COULD SPEND THE
WEEKEND LIVING WITH WILD PONIES?
Well it’s time to follow your dream and
live an exceptional life!
Permanently uninhabited by humans, spend a weekend on an island living as mere guests of hundreds of wild ponies! Your personal, professional Bucket List Bunch guide has made all the arrangements! We’ll be going to Assateague Island where these creatures live! This unique location is only 5 hours away from Fairfield, CT but you’ll feel worlds away from the
suburban hub-bub and daily grind of life!! As soon as I heard about this once in a lifetime
experience, I KNEW I HAD to cross it off my Bucket List!!
“You'll have pictures not to be believed with these horses hanging out a few feet from your picnic table.” ~Trip Advisor
By day, we can enjoy two miles of ocean beaches that offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, crabbing, and clamming. The weather might not be warm enough to swim without wetsuits but not to worry! There will be plenty to do and explore or just enjoy the white-sand beaches and relax. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and wild horses!! We have the option to explore as we wish. We may do a kayak trip amongst the horses or we can climb the 198 steps for a terrific view from atop Assateague Island Lighthouse built in 1867. The world is our oyster!
By night, we will be camping under the stars on the shores of this island lulled to sleep by the ocean waves. Each campsite can host up to 6 people, 3 tents, and 2 cars. DON’T WAIT! THERE ARE ONLY SIX SPOTS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME AND ONLY TWO MORE CAMPSITES LEFT IN THE PARK IF WE WANT TO BOOK ANOTHER SITE!! Bucket Listers will be sharing tents and carpooling or park in the overflow lot. Each campsite has a fire pit, picnic table, and is located in the dunes, steps away from the beach. The campground has hot water showers, toilets, large sinks, and a limited supply store. We'll share the responsibility of food and feast like kings on our famous potluck picnics! Bring Frisbees, camp games, take in the beautiful sights that surround you, and JUST RELAX!! So dig out that old camping gear you bought on a whim and put some use to it!
And don’t forget! You’ll have your very own personal, professional Bucket List Bunch guide with you 24/7 to help you have an exceptional experience!
COME LIVE YOUR LEGACY WITH US!!
(More information on what to bring and about Assateague Island below.)
WHO? You!!! Us!!! No need to try to get your friends on the same page or juggle schedules!
You'll be with other like-minded Bucket Listers all looking to have an exceptional time! Bring your kids, your in-laws, your outlaws, or just yourself! You're professional guide helps Bucket Listers become fast friends!
What? Camping on the shores of a Wild Pony Island! Come check this once in a lifetime experience off your list! Who would have thought this was right below our noses our whole lives! Live your dreams with each other!
Where? Assateague State Park 7307 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD
When?Columbus Day Weekend Friday October 11- Monday October 14, 2013 CHECK IN BEGINS AT 2 P.M. No camper is allowed to check-in prior to that time no late arrival permitted. We will provide the ranger station with a list of Bucket Listers. CHECK-OUT is no later than 11 A.M. You must vacate the campsite and exit the campground by 11:00 am. After 11:00 am you are illegally camping without a permit which could result in a citation. Please give yourself sufficient time to pack and load your belongings before 11 am so that others may check-in promptly.
How?Your personal, professional Bucket List Bunch guide has done all the research and made all the arrangements to take the leg work out of it for you! Just RSVP YES and come and live your legacy! The cost for the weekend which includes campsite, the first ten bundles of wood, and your personal, professional Bucket List Bunch guide available to you 24/7 to answer all your questions and help you have an exceptional experience is $139 for the whole weekend.
Why? Why the heck not? Before Bucket List Bunch came along I always wanted to do things and never had anyone to do them with. Can you relate? I've dedicated my professional life to making your life easier by finding exceptional experiences for you to share with others. Come check camping on the shores with wild ponies off your list!!
WHAT TO BRING
- Make sure to bring tent stakes that are extra-long (10-12”) to secure your tent in the sandy soil and wind.
- Bring extra warm gear/sleeping bags/clothes for possibly chilly October nights. A wetsuit if you want to enjoy swimming or surfing if the water is chilly.
- There is no shade on the island so if you’re not a sun lover you may want sunscreen, a canopy, and/or umbrella.
- BUG SPRAY WITH DEET!! It has been stressed more than anything during my research that this is an absolute necessity.
- Camping gear or find someone to share with that has a tent. Remember, there are only 3 tents allowed per site so that means at least two to a tent. HAVING A TENT ALL TO YOURSELF WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE AN OPTION
- The fire rings don’t all have grates so we’ll need people to bring a grill or two.
- Food to share for all meals starting from dinner on Friday to breakfast on Monday. There is a limited camp store on site that sells ice but there is also a supermarket nearby.
- The consumption or possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage will be prohibited in all Assateague State Park areas with the exception of interior areas of motorhomes.
- Your Bucket List Bunch guide will take care of the first 10 bundles of wood. If we need more we’ll need everyone to pitch in. Wood is sold at the park and other local areas but WOOD CANNOT BE BROUGHT IN FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTY.
- Camp chairs, beach chairs, outdoor games, bikes, towels, anything else that might make your stay more comfortable and fun.
ARE THE HORSES REALLY THERE? YES!!! THEY ARE WILD AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THEY WILL BE PRESENT BUT THE CHANCES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH!!
- "The horses are beautiful and nosey. They've evolved to being able to open coolers, bags, etc. and don't shy away from joining you for any given meal. Put your food in your vehicle. It's true. Don't feed them. They're wild. They will bite, but do enjoy the view and company. We loved watching them while we made breakfast."~ Trip Advisor
- "DO NOT touch, feed or entice the horses or deer no matter how tempted you are (they are really cute and SEEM docile and they will walk right up to you, so it is tempting). These are wild animals and should be left wild. The do bite, kick and charge and can be unpredictable. Also, feeding them trains them to become dependent on humans and hang around near the road where they can get hit by cars. Make sure you secure your food. Keep coolers and all food locked in your camper or car. The ponies CAN get into coolers and packages. I witnessed a pony get an unopened package of Oreos out of someone's beach bag, open the package, get the plastic sleeve out and then eat the cookies without eating any of the packaging. They are masters of getting to junk food." ~ Trip Advisor
- Assateague’s horses are beautiful, tough, and wild. They have learned to survive in a harsh environment. Feeding and/or petting them is detrimental to both visitors and horses.
- Horses can get sick from human food.
- Horses that learn to come up to the road to beg for food are often hit and killed by cars.
- Visitors are kicked, bitten, and knocked down every year as a direct result of getting too close to the wild horses.
- Treating wild horses like tame animals takes away the wildness that makes them special.
- Protect your family by respecting theirs. Give the horses the space they need to be wild.
FAQ’S AND OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- Kids are more than welcome! We are an ALL ARE WELCOME AND ACCEPTED GROUP!
- There are flushing toilets and hot showers
- Alcohol and pets are not allowed
- You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the island but Bucket Listers are great about carpooling. So post your location in our comments section if you’re interested in carpooling.
- Quiet time is 10 pm to 7 am
- Generator use is prohibited during quiet hours, 10 pm to 7 am. Outside of quiet hours, generators must be operated at a sound level that is not annoying to other park users. Failure to comply may result in a citation.
Fees will only be refunded if we cancel or reschedule the event. RSVP'ing YES releases Bucket List Bunch LLC from any liability and you cannot sell, transfer, or give your space to another person. RSVP'ing NO relinquishes your space and any fees paid.
MORE ABOUT ASSATEAGUE: Known for its herds of charismatic wild ponies and pristine beaches, Assateague Island is a beautiful 37 mile long barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. With the breaking ocean on one side and beautiful marshlands on the other, it boasts the perfect outdoor playground for humans and horses alike! Permanently
uninhabited by humans, we will be mere guests of these hundreds of wild ponies.
How the wild ponies arrived at Assateague hundreds of years ago is still a mystery. Some believe the ponies swam ashore, arriving on Assateague Island during a Spanish galleon shipwreck that sank off the beach during the 16th century. Others believe during the 17th century free-roaming horses, cows, sheep and pigs caused expensive crop damage to local farms. Farmers were required to pay taxes on all mainland livestock and fence them in. Like people in the 21st century, these resourceful coastal residents looked for ways to avoid paying this tax. They turned to nearby Assateague Island with its abundance of food, shelter and a natural “corral” made of water to solve their problem.
The Assateague horses drink over twice the amount of water that domesticated horses will due to their salty food supply. All that drinking combined with a high salt diet contributes to their bloated appearance.
To catch the ever popular pictures of the ponies walking by the surf, the ponies favorite beach times are early morning around sunrise, late afternoon, and sunset. Around mid-Day, the ponies are more easily found either by the road, poking around the campsites, or a little less often on the marsh side of the island. Ponies seem to love to go in the middle of the road after dark.