Friday, September 2, 2011
Just "up the block" on Virginia's Eastern Shore area are the wild ponies of Chincoteauge and Assateague Islands. In order to control the herd and to raise money for the local volunteer fire department, some of the ponies are "driven" (as in a cattle drive) from Assateague to Chincoteague. This is an amazing sight and draws visitors from all over the world. The ponies are then sold at auction to loving homes.
These wild ponies were immortalized in Marguerite Henry's classic children's book "Misty of Chincoteague." Misty's decendents still frolic in the surf where she once did. This gives me such a sense of continuity, as I remember my mother reading the book to me when I was three. Today I can take an hour's drive and see them for myself.
Posted by JPG at 8:11 AM