Driving over the 17 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I love this bridge, and was determined to cross it at some point in my vacation (despite the steep toll). As I love being spontaneous, I had no plans whatsoever for once we reached the Eastern Shore.
We could see Fisherman's Island and the Cape Charles lighthouse (I have a kind of obsession with lighthouses). Once we got off the bridge, I spotted a sign for a wildlife refuge, and we decided to go explore. There was a nice visitors center/museum with a nice older man there to guide us to a walking path. Walks and hikes are my absolute favorite thing, so I was very excited, even though it was probably 97 degrees!
A sampling of the wildlife (minus me of course). One of the best parts was walking in some sort of tunnel area that was full of barn swallow nests. I saw baby swallows being fed by their mommies! Looking over into the marsh, it looked like the muddy ground was moving. It turned out to be hundreds of tiny crabs scurrying about. The refuge is famous for its birds, and we stood looking for them for quite some time. We ended up spotting a few herons, egrets, and hawks. Along the path was the biggest blackberry patch I'd ever seen. I was picking them and eating them the whole time we were walking. My boyfriend was entirely grossed out by this; "ew how can you eat that in the wild, how do you know it's not poison??" I suppose we were raised quite differently haha.