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Throwback Thursday: Assateague in February

Before physical distancing became the new thing.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.  This is the interrelated structure of reality.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other.  So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world, we must understand ourselves.  That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world’s problems.

~ J. Krishnamurti

This is how it’s done now.

There are many things I miss during these strange times.  One of them is going to the beach during the off-season, and being able to hike around without seeing another human soul other than M (or whomever I happen to be with at the time).  This is not one of the most important of all the things I miss, but it is one of the experiences I look forward to being able to do again someday.  Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland side was closed on March 28th due to Covid-19 and the shutdown orders in place in Maryland.  From what I’ve read, the Virginia side (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge) is still open and they have waived the fee for entry.  However, the island and town of Chincoteague, Virginia, would rather you not come there.  Since you have to pass through the town, I’m not quite sure how one who is not from Chincoteague could visit the refuge.  I don’t suppose it matters.  They really don’t want people crossing state lines right now.

Approaching one of the old hunting lodges.

Sometime back in March, I published a post showing you part of the hike M and I took in the backcountry of Assateague Island (it’s here, if you haven’t seen it and you’re interested — it was interesting to me to note that it was my first post since we went into this vague sort of isolation).  We were just getting to the old hunting lodge when I left off.  This is Valentines Lodge.  I’m not sure how old this lodge is.  The original burned down, and it was rebuilt in the same location at the edge of the marsh on the bay side of the island.  It really is a shame the park service didn’t do something to preserve one or two of the lodges.

One side view.

Our weather here today is nothing like what you see in the images.  It’s been clouding up.  There are storms and rain on the way.  The wind arrived first, starting to gust and bluster sometime during the night.  It’s a crazy kind of wind, blowing things all around.

M and I did our grocery shopping on Tuesday.  Still no rice or toilet paper to be found.  I hope that doesn’t continue to be the state of things.  I can live without the rice, but neither M nor I want to resort to using catalogs or newspaper.  It would be uncomfortable, I imagine, and those types of paper cannot go into the septic system.  I’ve looked around online.  I consulted with the local Facebook group.  I’m told there is plenty of toilet paper available in the stores north of us or online.  I’ve not seen evidence of it online.  The stores north of us are off limits, by choice, because the number of official Covid-19 cases up there have been going up fast.  Really fast.  Probably due to the meat packing plants up that way.

On the sunny side.

Today is day 40 of the 40-day self-care challenge.  How are you?  Are you taking good care of yourself?

I exercised, did my yoga and meditation practices, and got outside for a short walk.  There was debris (mostly pine cones and leaves) flying about so I didn’t stay out too long.  I can get out for a longer period of time after the rain and wind find their way out of here.  Usually those things — exercise, yoga, meditation, and getting outdoors — are enough to keep me on a fairly even keel, all things considered.  Not today.  There’s some kind of weird crankiness going around.  I’m certainly feeling it and I noticed that others are, too.  I think we’re all just exhausted, but maybe that’s just me.  Because I am exhausted.  And really, really cranky.

On the way back, after leaving the lodge.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I apologize for the crankiness.  That’s how it is some days.  We might see the sunset this evening.  It depends on how fast the rain moves through.  It’s scheduled for 7:54 PM.  We can meet out at the dock or at the edge of the marsh.  Your choice.  It’s been fairly warm (short sleeve weather), but the rain is part of a cold front so you might need a jacket.  Boots are not a bad idea, either, since we’re supposed to get between 1-2 inches of rain.

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.  Even if, like me, you’re feeling cranky today.  ♥

The blue of the sky reflected on the water was amazing.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,391)  Spinach and feta risotto and a salad for lunch.  (We eat our biggest meal at lunchtime so that we can have a light supper in the evening.)  1,392)  M, always and forever.  1,393)  Crankiness.  Eventually I get over it.  Even when I’m in the midst of it, I find ways to laugh at myself for being Princess CrankyPants.  1,394)  The crazy dance the trees are doing in this crazy wind.  1,395)  Afternoon naps, of which I shall partake once I get this post ready to go and scheduled for later.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

33 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Assateague in February

  1. Ha! I laughed with you on the crankiness! I was terribly cranky a couple of weeks ago – so cranky I was threatening (just in my head I hasten to reassure you) to get a machine gun and mow down those numpties living next door – and I’m a fully fledged anti-gun pacifist – that’s how cranky I was! A bit later I realised I was processing something quite deep seated so just went with that and eventually I got up one recent morning and realised I was cranky no longer and have had an aha moment to boot – so yay crankiness 🙂

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    1. lol!! Like Frank, I’m shocked, Pauline. Just shocked! 😉 I’m joking. I’m also grateful you shared that with me. I have such violent thoughts at times. Mine are more along the lines of wanting to punch people in the face (apparently there is a German word for that, meaning “someone who deserves to be punched in the face”). I don’t think I’ve ever punched anything other than a pillow or some bread dough in my life, yet there it is from time to time, this strange and violent desire. I recently read something from Sharon Salzberg. Her survival guide includes these three things: 1) Breath. 2) We feel what we feel. 3) Stay connected. #2 was so interesting to me because she expanded on that a bit to include “forgive yourself for your thoughts, if you think it’s necessary.” Some of my thoughts have not been on the kind side. I try to push them away, but there they are, popping up from time to time.

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      1. I doubt there’s not a person alive who hasn’t had thoughts of violence when they are held captive by the actions of others. There’s a lot who would never admit it, but hey, at this end of life if it happens it happens – and I was pretty happy with my image of mowing those obnoxious, drunken, millennials down and returning my neighbourhood to peace and quiet again. I found living into the feeling quite satisfactory and then it disappeared of its own accord because there’s that – you know – moral stance that knows I’m never actually going to act like that. It may not have been my finest moment, but then I gave up on attaining sainthood some time back . We are creatures of dichotomy and the wonderful thing is we always have free will to choose which direction we will actually step into 🙂 It’s as well neither of us gets cranky too often ❤

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  2. Monday was our ‘cranky’ day – things come to a head and need release, I think. Today we both took a grocery list and headed out. I got mine done in 2 hours, it’s been four and my spouse just got back – must have been a long line. Better go help him or better yet, meet him with a glass of wine! 😉

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Eliza. 🙂 Things do indeed come to a head and need released. I feel a little bit like a toddler from time to time, wanting to have a full-out tantrum and get it over with. Might not be a bad idea. M is out getting some stuff from the hardware store to do a minor repair. Nobody but the cats would see me pitching a fit. lol!

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  3. Crankiness is lurking around the edges of my life, too. Totally understand. Your photos make me sigh. Those blue skies are something else. Missing the days when we could freely go out to see nature.

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    1. Thank you, Ally. It’s good to hear that others can relate to the sense of crankiness. I have to keep reminding myself that I am very fortunate (privileged) to be able to get out as much as I can and not worry about running into anyone else.

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  4. I think we all understand the crankiness. No need to apologize. There’s this kind of anxiety humming in the air–and then there are the crazies–so. . .but you’ve got a beautiful place in which to be secluded. Good luck with the toilet paper. My husband’s been doing the shopping, and he didn’t have any problem getting it (one package per customer). We can’t get yeast. Not a necessity, just annoying.

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    1. If I find yeast, Merril, perhaps we can do an exchange of yeast for TP. 😀 Thank you. I think you’re right about the anxiety in the air. As for the crazies, ugh. When will the pendulum swing back? I read this morning that Georgia governor (who seems to be one of the crazies), Kemp, announced that teens with permits do not have take a behind the wheel driving test to get their license. In what world does that make any kind of sense?

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  5. We all have our days and you need not apologize! It’s frustrating. I can’t believe you are STILL short on toilet paper. What in the hell is up with that? Crikey! I’m ready to send you some in the mail!

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  6. The last time I shopped ten or eleven days ago, my store had a good supply of toilet paper. I bought one packet of 12 rolls – fine for me – and I have a bidet attachment on my toilets which help. They also had flour, limited to one bag per person. I had found Jasmati rice at Amazon and got 4 32 ounce jars of that (I’m loving sticky rice lately), and I have a lot of brown rice on hand too. Bought probably 3 pounds of black beans and some frozen veggies. Got old fashioned oats (finally), coffee, and loose tea online and the second part of my Costco order is supposed to arrive soon – that one took a couple of weeks. I’m set for awhile. Our weather has been good, and I’ve actually been motivated to go out and drag the lawn sweeper around to pick up pine needles and pine cones. Building a huge burn pile, but fire season starts tomorrow, so that pile will have to wait till fall to be burned.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear you’ve had some good weather, Carol, and that you’re all stocked up. 🙂 My husband had to make a run to the hardware store this morning and we’re hoping he finds some TP there. Rumor has it that it’s the best place to look for it now.

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  7. Cranky! Yes, I’ve had a few days recently. It must be the moon and Venus being so close recently. Or the accretion of worries. I found TP behind the customer service counter of a Harris Teeter here in Arlington. They have never run out, because you can only have one package. I got a nine pack which should see me quite some time. It rained here all day, hard. Thanks for the forty day challenge. I am going to soldier on, and I know you will as well.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Yes, I’ll keep on keeping on. Otherwise, I think I’d lose my mind completely. 😀 I wish they would start rationing things here. It would help.

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  8. I miss going to the beach during our off-season, too, but for a different reason. Our beach is getting trashed by groups of people gathering down there, smoking (not allowed) and leaving cigarette butts everywhere, letting their dogs off-leash and not cleaning up after them. (It’s hard to not wish them ill…) That’s the source of my weird crankiness lately!

    If “the world is the projection of ourselves” I wonder what the behavior of these people says about me??

    Fortunately we’ve found some peace and fresh air walking in the woods at local open space and land conservancy properties. Sometimes being part of society seems too difficult to cope with.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I’m happy you are finding peace and fresh air in some off-the-beaten-path places. You’ve reminded me that we do have one or two Nature Conservancy preserves/refuges here, and they might be open. I’m going to check. A change of scenery would be so helpful.

      I don’t understand people trashing up public spaces and beaches. There is a lot of that going on here, too. As for projections, I’m not sure I want to think about what all the craziness says about me. lol! (But maybe I should.)

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  9. Hang in there … the beach time will return & toilet paper will appear. I wonder if there is a delivery service from the towns you could use to cut down on exposure. Even if you have to meet them somewhere. Just a thought. Stay safe.

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    1. Thank you so much, Frank. I hope that’s true. I sometimes feel like maybe this is it, how we’ll be living for a very long time. I read something from a scientist-friend the other day that said, “When I left my daughter’s house at the beginning of March, I knew I would not be seeing her or my grandchildren in person again for at least a year, probably two years.” That made me horribly sad because I suspect she’s right, barring some kind of miracle.

      I’ve checked the various delivery services. None of them come this far out into the Middle of Nowhere. There are advantages and disadvantages to being this isolated. I have been able to order some things online. That helps.

      Same to you: Stay safe. 🙂

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  10. well you made me smile with that opening image – of course birds can flock just how and where they like – it’s only us humans that are on lockdown and yes it makes us cranky if only because of the lack of interaction. There is only so much yoga, mediation one can do before the yearning to be free comes on – we have to get away from ourselves sometimes! Anyway its a pleasure to stop by your blog and see life from your perspective – that sunnyside hunting lodge looks like a good place to isolate!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. 🙂 It’s true — the birds can do as they like. It’s difficult not to be a little envious of the way they can huddle together. You have a good point about needing to get away from ourselves sometimes. You’ve reminded me that there are activities I can do that help with that. Thank you.

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