Sand Castles and Wild Ponies

Our family spent a week relaxing along the Delaware and Maryland seashore.  We strolled along the many boardwalks, dug our feet into the sand, felt the cold water from the Atlantic Ocean, saw wild ponies and World War II history and brought back seashells as treasures to remind us of the fun we had together

We got to the beach around dinnertime so we stopped off at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware for a burger at Five Guys.  We also shopped along the boardwalk and picked out a kite to fly during our stay in Ocean City.

Rehoboth Beach boardwalk

Next we took the quick 20 minute drive along Route 1 (with ocean views) and arrived at The Golden Sands Condo.   We unloaded the car and put on our swimsuits and headed down to the ocean for a nighttime walk on the beach and some great kite flying.  We flew our new kite until it started to get dark and saw lightening over the ocean.  J was so worried the kite was going to fall into the ocean, but luckily it didn’t.
We spent the next few days beach side in the morning building sand castles and playing in the surf.  The water was cold, but it felt great to be cooled off on the warm summer day.  The kids built drip castles and even body surfed.

One of our favorite lunch spots in Ocean City, MD is Catch 54.  It’s small and quaint with a limited menu, but everything is delicious and fresh.

our view from lunch

There’s plenty to do besides visit the beautiful beaches along the Maryland coast and over the years we’ve discovered a few worth mentioning.

The Assateague Wetlands offer a beautiful off the beaten path trip for water lovers.  We kayaked as a family through the tall grass canals.

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Our W has a love for everything World War II so when we learned about the towers that dot the landscape date back to WWII we had to investigate.

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Camp Henlopen State Park
Camp Henlopen State Park

Reaching almost 100 feet tall, the observation towers built during the World War II era can still be found along the shores of Delaware today. These towering, concrete behemoths were part of America’s coastal defense system during the war as a measure to protect the bay and coastal towns of the area from encroaching enemies. Sitting high above water level, soldiers were able to spot enemy ships and submarines out in the distance. Not only did the tower’s occupants spot the enemy, but they also helped forces on the ground tune in their artillery to make sure the enemy decided not to return.  Today, these 65-year-old guardians no longer serve a purpose except to stand tall and preserve the memories, hardships and sacrifices of a generation who went to war. Most are closed off from the public but are still reachable on foot for an up close view. One tower found in the Cape Henlopen State Park, known as Fire Tower #23, was recently restored and allows visitors a panoramic view of the Cape it once defended.  After your visit to Cape Henlopen be sure to stop off in Lewes, Delaware it’s the oldest city in the Oldest state in the U.S.

If that’s not enough adventure for you then head south along Route 1 to Assateague Island Natural Sea Shore State Park and visit the beautiful, wild ponies.  We did and it was a unique experience to walk along the ocean and share the same sand as these magestic creatures.  Visit the park ranger headquarters at the beginning of the park to learn about the ponies and how to behave while you visit their island.  More than half of Assateague Island National Seashore’s 48,000 acres is comprised of near-shore and estuarine waters, and the interplay between these waters and the barrier island affects nearly every aspect of life in this dynamic coastal environment.

Assateague Island
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