Last week we took an impromptu trip to Chincoteague Island, VA, marking our first and only “vacation” of the summer. I say it in quotes because let’s be honest, you really can’t call it a vacation with three kids ages 3 and under! A more accurate description would be “changing locations for a few days.” Anyway, we chose Chincoteague because we wanted to go to a beach, but not sit on the beach all day, and Chincoteague has a lot of other things to do. Not to mention it’s an easy drive from DC.
We made it about 15 minutes before we had to turn off the awesome mix CD that Portman made for the trip and turn on Dora, but we should have seen that coming. The kids did really well for about 2 hours, then we had to stop at a playground in Cambridge, MD because Ada had a major diaper blowout. As in, the biggest one she’s ever had… it was down to her knees! Luckily the playground was gorgeous and a nice break for the kids – we plan to stop there the next time we make this trip. After hosing down the baby, we were back on the road and in another hour or so made it to our destination.
I found a very highly rated “cabin” on trip advisor, and it was incredibly affordable. It turns out there is a reason it is so affordable – it was DISGUSTING! Like, wear-your-shoes-in-the-house, don’t-sleep-on-the-sheets disgusting. The kids didn’t notice or care, but next time we will be renting a nice house, not going extreme budget! We quickly got dressed and headed for the beach on Assateague Island, where we spent the rest of the afternoon. The kids were so wiped that we raced back to the cabin, fed them a box of mac n cheese, and put everyone to bed.
None of us slept great because the furniture was so uncomfortable, so we were up bright and early and headed for the island playground, which was also awesome, then back to the beach for the afternoon. Ada was so wiped out that she fell asleep on the beach for over two hours! Roman and Harper had a fantastic time digging “swimming pools” in the sand and building sand castles. Neither one was very interested in swimming, which was fine since the waves were actually pretty big. We had dinner at a roadside BBQ and were all in bed by 8pm.
We ended up cutting the trip short by 1 day because we were not thrilled with the sleeping arrangements and we had done pretty much everything that we wanted to do. On our last full day, we hiked to the top of Assateague Lighthouse (Roman and Harper climbed almost the whole way by themselves!) and we rented bikes with trailers and biked around Assateague Island. It was a really fun trip, despite the accommodations, and we definitely want to go back!
Ada and I woke up before 6AM one morning and drove to the beach in time for sunrise. It was so worth it!
The wild ponies on Assateague were gorgeous!