Signs are everywhere. They tell you when to turn, when to stop, when the show starts and how far it is to your destination on your recent Sunday drive.
Signs are a necessary evil. They keep a kind of order in an otherwise hectic mixed up world.
I have found myself wondering in the past, while coming to a red light on the outskirts of any town USA, at 1 AM, when no one is watching, how interesting it is that I actually stopped.
I mean, really, not a car in sight. Just me in a sleepy town, idling at a red light, tapping my steering wheel with my finger, waiting for the light to turn green.
That's pretty civilized of me I must say.
Signs are like the honor system. They can't be monitored 24/7 by the sign police, so it's up to us to say, yeah, we're going to abide by what the sign says, even at 1 in the morning.
Some signs use trickery to get their point across.. Look at this sign below.
Obviously the people of Assateague Island really like their dunes. And they don't believe a simple "Stay off the Dunes" sign is enough to keep people off the dunes,
so they threaten us with contracting Poison Ivy combined with a veiled threat about the chance of loosing your offspring.
Hell, after reading that sign there's no way I'm walking on any dunes!
The sign below states quite clearly what is not permitted.
But it seems some of us don't take signs as seriously as I do.
The sign clearly states, DON"T FEED THE DAMN WILD HORSES!
This horse is obviously almost in the drivers seat, finishing up the chicken nuggets or whatever the heck they had in there to snack on.
After a few minutes that car pulled away and we slowly pulled up, hiding our snacks.
As you can see, Mr Ed here wanted to check out our menu, and would have plowed his big honkin head right through our window if it were not for my panicked voice saying as he got closer,
"Put the window up..put the window up...put the window up...PUT THE WINDOW UP"
The guys head was as big as a small Volkswagen for heavens sake. It wasn't that I was scared or anything like that, just obeying the signs.
For those of you not familiar with this unique little Island, Assateague borders Maryland and Virginia to the East and is unique because it's occupants are wild horses.
Assateague National Seashore is part of our National Park Service and has some great beaches and spectacular dune trails. At any moment during your visit you can come upon the Islands wild horses grazing on the dune grass or strolling down the beach.
It's quite a sight.
But be sure to obey the signs.
Click here to read more about Assateague or click here to see more photos of our visit.