August 10, 2016

WILD PONIES & HEADLESS HORSEMAN! (Chincoteague Island + Sleepy Hollow ROAD TRIP)

We're in America again and already had some amazing adventures as we drove from North Carolina to Connecticut!
As we were planning our route we decided to avoid Washington D.C, Philadephia, and New York city because we didn't have the time to properly spend there PLUS that our car doesn't have AC so we looked at going more of a coastal route which led us to...Chincoteague Island, Virginia!
 This little island is known for the wild ponies that inhabit the islands and are believed to have been survivors of a Spanish ship wreck in the 1700s.  There's an annual pony swim (that we missed by a few days) which has been a tradition for 90 years!
The novel, "Misty of Chincoteague" was based on a real story of a family raising a wild pony and that legend lives on and brings thousands of visitors (including us) to see her descendants at the Pony Centre and Misty Museum.
 We didn't get a chance to take a boat cruise to see the horses in the wild because Lindsay had a swollen ankle from Swedish mosquito bites, but we did enjoy some amazing ice cream in Muller's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in the most charming Victorian setting.
 On our way to stay 1 night in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania we stopped for lunch at the charming Governor's Cafe in Dover, Delaware. Afterwards we walked around the First State Heritage Park, a quaint square full of some of the first official US buildings.
 Next stop...SLEEPY HOLLOW!!! We took a different route from PA to CT and realized it was going right through Tarrytown, New York so you KNOW we had to stop and visit Washington Irving and pay a tribute with Jonas' Headless Horseman inspired painting. We drove and walked around like crazy with a half hour before the cemetery closed! It was such a dream come true to be there and we hope to go back in the fall and spend more time.
 Then we made it to Connecticut to our destination of the quaint town by the sea, Mystic! We are spending the month of August helping at a Bed & Breakfast through the Workaway program and we are really enjoying our time in New England so far. It's been hard being homeless but we are trying to make an adventure out of it but we could see ourselves settling down here so we shall see!
 As always, thanks for coming along with us on our adventures and we hope you enjoyed seeing some of our road trip from the South to New England!
-Tales of Sheaves

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