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Spending a chilly weekend with Assateague’s wild ponies

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Camping out on Assateague Island National Seashore in March is always a roll of the dice. You might end up with great spring weather … and you might end up under a foot of snow. The recent DC Focused outing to Assateague probably fell somewhere in between. Temperatures dipped into the 40s but the windchill made it a lot worse. Still, we were there for the ponies and they didn’t disappoint.

The 48,000 acre National Seashore is on the Maryland coast, just south of Ocean City, and about a two and half hour drive from the district. From the National Park Service:

“Human activities also exert a strong influence Assateague’s natural environment. Beginning in the 1600’s, colonists used the Island for grazing horses and other livestock. The bands of wild horses living on Assateague today are descendents of those domesticated animals and remain a powerful force acting on the island’s natural systems. At various times in its history, fishing villages, industrial sites, and even a network of lifesaving stations for stranded mariners have all left their marks.”

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© Donna J. Chilson

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© Dwight Jefferson

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© Nathan Lemon

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© Joe Newman

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© Pablo Raw

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© Cynthia Lodens Green

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© Joe Newman

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