I have sworn this year that I am going to do more traveling, despite my limited finances. There is so much to see, even within driving distance on the weekends – and I am going to take advantage!
We took a 3 hour drive over the weekend to Assateague Island, or at least that’s where it began. We entered the Assateague Island National Seashore, which was $15 per private vehicle. The pass is great for those in the area on vacation because it’s good for 7 days.
The beach was beautiful and much less crowded than those in Ocean City. However, it’s also not quite summer so it’s sure to get busier over the next month or so. One thing you have to look out for is horse poop! There are wild horses roaming the area (we saw a few of them as we drove in the park) and you find their evidence everywhere – including the beach! So be warned! Also, be aware that the horses are very used to being around people so they are generally calm and not scared. That being said, they aren’t tame. We saw MANY careless tourists who got extremely close to the horses just to get in a photo with them. It was really aggravating.
We roamed around the beach for a bit and hit some random trails we found nearby. We saw an abundance of wildlife, including deer that are seriously brave! You can see the one pictured below that saw us and didn’t budge. Luckily I had my 75-300mm lens on so I could get a nice shot. One of the best parts of Assateague is the camping. I was really hoping to camp there that weekend, but I was ignorant to how popular it is and how far in advance you need to book to get a spot.
The awesome thing about camping in Assateague is that you are right on the beach. From what I have been told, you have to watch out for the horses because they will try to snatch your food in the middle of the night! Despite the hungry horses, from what it seems, you really can’t beat the view! Depending on the type of site you choose, you’re looking at a fee of approximately $20+ a night. Not too shabby. If you want more information on camping in Assateague, check it out here.
After Assateague, we made our way to the little historic town of Berlin. I had never been to Berlin before but I was told that it was recently dubbed “coolest small town in America” so being close by, we had to check it out.
I’d say that the rumors are true, Berlin is a beautiful little town with awesome little shops. We went on a Sunday so we didn’t get to hit many of them, but the first place we hit was of course, a coffee shop. The coffee shop we went to was called “On What Grounds?” and I have to say, it was some of the best I’ve ever had on the East Coast. I tend to lean towards girly sweet drinks so I tried their Caramelatte and it was AMAZING. Some of the best coffee drinks I’ve had were on the West Coast and this particular beverage tasted a lot like ones I’ve had over there.
Our next stop was a little soap shop called “Uncle Jon’s Soap.” We stumbled upon it while perusing the town and everything else was closing. It was such a cute shop with a variety of things on the walls and shelves. I asked the man behind the counter if this was his shop and he said yes, and eventually we got to talking.
Jon, much like myself, is a gypsy at heart as well as an artist. He also has a big family to support and had just opened this shop about 3 weeks before our visit! He also mentioned that while he makes soaps and skate decks, the art around the shop was created by various local artists.
I left that day with a new bar of soap, some lip balm, and a new friend. If you decide to visit Berlin, be sure to check out Jon’s shop at www.unclejonssoap.com!
After our short trip to Berlin, we went where we’ve been a million times before but still love – Ocean City, MD. If you haven’t seen my previous OCMD post, it’s a very common place for us Marylanders and those nearby to flock in the summer. It’s our little getaway within driving distance.
The Ocean City part of our day-venture began at the inlet. The inlet, for those who don’t know, is the beginning of the popular boardwalk, which also has a pay-to-park lot. From there we walked – a lot. In fact, we walked the entire 3 miles of boardwalk and back. And of course, no trip to the ocean is complete without grabbing Thrashers french fries and a Dumsers milkshake. Be aware, as you see below…….spelling isn’t their strength. 😉
By the time we finished our walk it was getting dark and pretty chilly, so we were ready to make the 3 hour trek home.
We had so much fun on our little budget journey. We brought food in the bug to cut down on costs and made sure to do everything we could in this one day…without breaking the bank! It was definitely worth it – good memories always are.