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I spoke to the park and we managed to get another group of spots where we are all together so you can now attend the campout, yay!

From: Kellie C.
Sent on: Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:42 PM

There is now space for you for the camping trip you are on the wait list for. Please note that spaces go fast so sign up as soon as you know you can go. If you can no longer go, please update your RSVP to a 'no' so that someone else can have your space. Hoping to see you there!

 

Pretty please take the time to RSVP either yes or no to get off of the wait list. AS long as there is a wait list, I work hard to find more leaders and camping spots and don't want it to be all a waste of time. I very much look forward to seeing you there for this unique and exciting experience!

http://www.midatlantichiking.com/events/48066142/

 

Let's Camp On The Beach!

Join Us for a Very Special Camping Trip On the Beach to See the Wild Horses and Unique Birds of Assateague Island!

Want to live on the edge? Visit a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Come on out and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

Assateague's wild horses are well known, even to many people who have never been to the island. The "wild" horses on Assateague are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant mosquitoes, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this remote, windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society. Enjoy their beauty from a distance, and you can help make sure these extraordinary wild horses will continue to thrive on Assateague Island.

In 1833, the first Assateague Lighthouse was constructed to warn ocean travelers of the dangerous shoals offshore. Construction on a taller, more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse began in 1860 but was delayed by the Civil War. After the war, work resumed and the lighthouse was completed in 1867. The light was also upgraded that year, to a first order Fresnel lens. In 1891, a separate oil storage building was built, and a new assistant keeper's house was constructed in 1910. The view from the top are spectacular and be sure to have your camera handy!

What is Car Camping?
Several people have been asking about car camping. I will give you a hint...it does not involve sleeping in your car. Click here for the answer.

The Plan and The Hike
This is a two day and one night car camping trip! Friday and Saturday are for enjoying the fishing, swimming, birding, or kayaking in the ocean (we are bringing several loaner ocean SOT kayaks, watching the horses or just exploring the area. The hike will be Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at staggered times based on pace. There are a lot of activities and adventures are limitless. Take note, we are also bringing 4 SOT kayaks, with paddles, PFD's, and large dry bags, to loan out.

Paddle and Fishing Opportunities Abound!

If you would like to paddle on Saturday I have heard a few people say they are bringing their kayaks/canoes along to enjoy the lake the day we arrive. We will be brining all 4 of our SOT kayaks with paddles, PFD's, and large dry bags. One of our kayaks is a fishing kayak with a fish finder, rod holders, fish well, and plenty of rod holders. The other three are recreational kayaks. They are for anyone who is interested to use on a first come first serve basis. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance as that is what I am here for.

Pace Options

We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience for everyone on the trail and not just our group. For this particular hike you have 2 to choose from so you can hike with others of a similar pace. Paces should be based on your preference but also please know your limitations.

Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and will be about 2.0mph and great for people who take tons of pics.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
PLEASE put your pace preferences in your RSVP

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City:
Length: 5.5 with 8 mile option
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Difficulty: Very Easy and Newbie Friendly
Trail Surface: Paved, natural surface, and sand.

Special Features: The famous wild ponies and lighthouse!
Facilities: Restrooms, visitor center

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information

There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Click here for directions to where we meet for this trek.

Campsite Checking: 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 8:45 a.m.

Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 8:00 a.m.  

 

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