NOTES FROM THE ROAD



NY: Blooming Gardens…


Beautiful blooms in the garden…


28 June 2021: Flowers are blooming in the backyard garden, with fabulous blue snowball bushes looking really great for the summer and announcing beautiful days to come …



NY: Backyard Bunny…


Visits from local wildlife…


18 June 2021: The backyard wildlife has been busy and the little ones are growing. Had a visit from the little bunny today …



VA to NY: Crossing the Bridge…


The last bridge to home …


13 June 2021: Drove the rest of the way back to NY this morning, with relatively light traffic and decent weather almost the whole way …



VA to NY: Assateague Stopover…


A brief stopover en route to home …


12 June 2021: Camped at Assateague on the way back up north after the welding class, and was right near the edge of the marsh with the famous lighthouse in the distance …



VA: LON Welding Challenge…


Learning to weld with Ladies Offroad Network …


12 June 2021: Got together with a small group of ladies from the LON Challenge to learn how to weld, and to complete the challenge exercises with some help from a few of the guys. Was a great chance to learn from experienced welders and enjoy a fun day of creativity with metal …



NY to VA: Assateague Ponies…


Wild ponies on the bay side …


11 June 2021: Got to see a number of the wild ponies up close exploring along the bayside of Assateague Island in the morning before continuing the journey southbound …



NY to VA: Camping at Assateague…


A night on the beach …


10 June 2021: Quick trip to Virginia, and spending the night at Assateague state park. Arrived late and it was wet out, but was dry enough to get my tent up and make a fire …



Long Island: Backyard Campfire…


Enjoying the firepit …


05 June 2021: Enjoying a break at home and some time in front of the backyard fire pit. Feels good to relax for a few weeks …


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THIS MONTH:

Taking part in the 6th Annual 2021 Ladies Offroad Challenge which runs from May through July. This year’s challenge continues the fun and exciting format from 2019. Participants take on a series of 11 Challenges that have different deadlines spanning over 10 weeks. These offroad based challenges will tap into each persons skills, tools, heart and mind. They are built to be fun and everyone should find at least one challenge activity that pushes them outside their comfort zone. Participants have different ways to earn a spot in a “Top Ten Weekend” where 10 ladies join Charlene Bower for a 4-day epic weekend experience…


COMING UP SOON:


Every Day Is a Clean Up Day in 2021. Ladies Offroad Network has partnered with TreadLightly! to create a year-long program that encourages members to pick up trash on the trails whenever they are out off-roading. Participants simply pick up the trash, weigh it, take a photo, and log the location and time it took, then upload the details. At the end of the year there will be a series of prizes based on pounds of trash removed from the trails as well as participation in other TreadLightly! initiatives. This is a great way to do some good on a local level and make a larger impact via the national program…



Looking ahead to a return to Paris as soon as possible to reconnect with friends and some favorite places in the city of light. Plans are finally in place for a post-pandemic journey to Paris in August, as Europe is ready to re-open to international travelers once again…



Joining Team 127 in this year’s Rebelle Rally from 7-16 October 2021. The Rebelle covers more than 2,000 kilometers of stunning terrain across the Nevada and California desert. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle pushes participants to test their skills over 8 days of competition. It is designed as the ultimate competition combining multiple navigation rally skills including headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and roadbook…


ASSATEAGUE ISLAND


Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of the Delmarva Peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean. The northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a one-mile stretch of land containing the lifeguarded recreational beach and interpretive facilities managed by the National Park Service. It is best known for its herds of feral horses, pristine beaches and the Assateague Lighthouse. The island also contains numerous marshes, bays, and coves, including Toms Cove. Bridge access for cars is possible from both Maryland and Virginia, though no road runs the full north/south length of the island. Like all barrier islands, Assateague has changed in form over the years. At one time, the island was connected to the lowest point of Fenwick Island. However, the 1933 Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane created an inlet south of Ocean City, Maryland. This inlet separated the two landforms. Normally, it would have silted back due to the littoral drift that ran from north to south. However, after the storm, between 1933 and 1935 a permanent system of artificial jetties was built to preserve the inlet as a navigation channel. As a result, the island has drifted considerably westward, and the two landmasses are now over 0.62 miles apart. Between 1933 and the early 1960s, federal interest in creating a national seashore on the island alternated with periodic pushes for development. In 1950, a 15-mile section of the Maryland side of Assateague was plotted for development, and a paved road, Baltimore Boulevard, was constructed to traverse the new development. The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 destroyed or covered most of Baltimore Boulevard, and many of the structures on the island were destroyed. Although some private landowners on the island supported re-development, by this time the state of Maryland generally supported a national seashore and legislation was introduced in the United States Congress. After Congressional efforts did not produce final legislation in 1964, new legislation in 1965 was successful and Assateague Island National Seashore was formed…


ASSATEAGUE PONIES


Assateague’s wild ponies are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant mosquitoes, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this remote, windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society. Local folklore describes the Assateague horses as survivors of a shipwreck off the Virginia coast. While this dramatic tale of struggle and survival is popular, there are no records yet that confirm it. The most plausible explanation is that they are the descendants of horses that were brought to barrier islands like Assateague in the late 17th century by mainland owners to avoid fencing laws and taxation of livestock. The horses are split into two main herds, one on the Virginia side and one on the Maryland side of Assateague. They are separated by a fence at the Virginia/Maryland State line. These herds have divided themselves into bands of two to twelve animals and each band occupies a home range. The National Park Service manages the Maryland herd. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company owns and manages the Virginia herd, which is allowed to graze on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, through a special use permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit restricts the size of the herd to approximately 150 adult animals in order to protect the other natural resources of the wildlife refuge. It is the Virginia herd which is often referred to as the “Chincoteague” ponies…



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MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
16-31 May – Long Island
8-15 May – Return to NY
1-7 May – Southeast Utah
23-30 April – LON Bogi’s & 5+
16-22 April – LON Navigation
8-15 April – Sedona
1-7 April – Nevada
16-31 March – New York
8-15 March – Death Valley
1-7 March – Arizona
22-28 Februay – Alabama Hills
15-21 Februay – Mojave Road
8-14 Februay – Death Valley
1-7 Februay – Glamis
15-31 January – Roadtrip Southwest
1-14 January – Long Island
15-21 December – Holiday Roadtrip
7-14 December – Holiday Roadtrip
1-6 December – Long Island
15-30 November – Long Island
1-14 November – Long Island
28-31 October – Roadtrip East
22-27 October – Moab
15-21 October – Moab
8-14 October – Moab
1-7 October – Roadtrip West
16-30 September – Roadtrip West
1-15 September – Long Island
16-31 August – Long Island
1-15 August – Summer Roadtrip
22-31 July – Summer Roadtrip
14-21 July – Summer Roadtrip
1-13 July – Long Island
16-30 June – Long Island
1-15 June – Bald Eagle
16-31 May – Central PA
1-15 May – Re-opening Trails
April – Lockdown NY
Archive


EVENTS

LADIES OFFROAD NETWORK NONCON 2020

Recap from the Ladies Offroad Network camping and wheeling event, dubbed the “NonCon” as in “not the convention,” that came together after the official convention was cancelled due to the pandemic… [read]


RE-OPENING

RE-OPENING OUR OUTDOORS

Report from the first trail run with the Off Road Consulting group at Rausch Creek Off Road Park as the post-pandemic phased re-openings begin in Pennsylvania and some of our favorite local trails re-open to the public after the two-month shutdown… [read]


REFLECTIONS

EGYPT: CAIRO REFLECTIONS
A quick overview of impressions from a stop in Cairo during our recent scouting mission in Egypt and Sudan … [read]


SPECIAL REPORT

ALGERIA SCOUTING

A look into south-eastern Algeria on the border with Libya and Niger: overlanding with the Tuareg in one of the most remote corners of the Sahara … [read]


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