Category Archives: OBX Wild Horses

Each Trip Is Different

As most of you well know, driving to the four-wheel-drive beaches of Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a favorite day trip for Motor Man and me.

Some things are constant, but yet different each time:  we’re going to be driving along the ocean. But what will her temperament be on that particular day? Sometimes she’s smooth as glass, other time’s she’s very angry.

And each time,  we’re driving ON the beach, but the condition of the sand varies from trip to trip. Some days, it’s like driving on the interstate, and, at times,  we don’t even have to use our four-wheel-drive.  Other times, the sand is so deep and soft, and the ride so rough, we fear losing our teeth…. and getting stuck.

It’s rare that we don’t see wild horses, but how many and where we’ll see them changes with each trip. It’s especially nice to see them by the water.

But even if we only see them from the “back roads”, we’re good.

They’re beautiful regardless of their particular location.

But, one thing we find just happens by chance, and that’s the folks we meet while on the beach.

I’ve shared posts before about Renee and Mike, a couple we met on the beach a few years ago. The four of us “hit it off”, and since then, we’ve arranged a get-together whenever they visit the area.

On one of our recent trips, Motor Man stopped so I could take pictures of the horses on the beach (second one in this post). I noticed three people nearby, taking pictures of each other with the horses in the background. So I asked if they’d like a picture of the three of them together.

They were so friendly, and we began chatting. I learned that the couple, Caty and Jon, had just gotten married the day before in an oceanfront wedding in nearby Kill Devil Hills. Caty’s mom, Cathy, was with them and excitedly shared that happy info with me. I just happened to have some 2018 Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendars in our vehicle, and one of those was my wedding gift to them. And, I couldn’t leave out the mother-of- the bride.

They weren’t from the area, so Motor Man asked if they’d like to follow us, and we’d take them on the back roads in search of more horses. They agreed, and off we went.

We did see more horses, but further up the beach, our new friends were in for another treat. I’ve shared posts on here before about the Gypsy Queen. Yes, the newlyweds (and Mom) were treated to a tour.

Cathy later sent this photo of Caty and Jon on their wedding day and gave me permission to share it here. (I think she looks like a princess.)

Beautiful scenery is a given on our beach trips, and seeing horses is a norm. But chance meetings with friendly folks is definitely a bonus.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Beach Days…Still

Our local meteorologist mentioned this week that September was the warmest one on record for our area.  And October is continuing along the same lines.

So on our recent trips to the Outer Banks. we’re still seeing quite a few folks enjoying the beach.

As well as a couple of canines. This picture just makes me smile.

But, as you know, this also makes me smile.

This was a stallion and his mare.  Why, I do believe she’s curled her mane hair for this date…..channeling her inner Farrah Fawcett.

We also saw the stallion “snaking” her. On our tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund many years ago, our guide explained that snaking is the stallion’s way of herding his harem in the direction he wants them to go.

We didn’t really know what was happening between these two: we were just watching from the safety of our vehicle and taking pictures. They briefly put on quite a show for us.

But they soon worked everything out and were back down by the ocean, our favorite place to see them.

In the off season, the horses prefer the shelter of the thick brush behind the dunes, and we’ll see fewer of them on our trips. (Although there is video from a few years ago of them walking along the water’s edge during a snow storm.)

Just like humans, they prefer warm weather for their trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Make Your Voice Heard

Now, doesn’t that sound official?

As I mentioned recently,  it seems that writing my blog sometimes seems like homework “these days”.  I’m contemplating perhaps going to no schedule and just posting at will.

So I thought I’d conduct a little poll, my first ever, I believe. If you would, please select what subject you like to see MOST here on the blog.

 

Hopefully this will give me the little push I need, so that blogging will be more fun than “work”. Writing is easy: it’s the subject matter that’s tough.

Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Fall Friday

Last Friday of September, first Friday of fall: I think this calls for five random thoughts:

1.) It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen a hummingbird; perhaps they’re winging southward. I sure will miss those little flutterers until they return next spring.

2.) Although the calendar says fall, the warm temps still say summer. And this petunia agrees.

3.) Things that make you go hmmmmm. How did that squirrel get that huge black walnut in this hanging basket. Wouldn’t it be fun to have that on video?

4.) It’s been a while since I’ve shared any photos of “my” wild horses at the Outer Banks. So here’s one from a recent trip. This is Valor, a little filly born earlier in the summer.  The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who oversees the horses, commented on one of their Facebook posts that she just can’t decide what color she wants to be.

5.) Tomorrow is the Autumn Vintage Market on Main Street in our little town.  My friend, Donna, and I are planning to take it all in…followed by lunch. The forecast: “times of sun and clouds, high 79”.  Ah….

Happy Fall, y’all!

~These Days Of Mine~

While We Wait….

….for (Hurricane) Florence to decide exactly what she’s going to do later in the week, Motor Man and I took a trip to the Outer Banks yesterday to visit “my” wild horses.

Although we had 5 inches of rain at home on Saturday, the Outer Banks was apparently spared that amount of rain.  For the past several weeks, we’ve had to dodge huge mud holes at the beach, but yesterday, things were fairly dry.

Florence will most likely change that.

But, yesterday was beautiful.

The ocean was a little rough, but nothing compared to what it will probably be in a few days.

Although it’s scary to think of the horses enduring a hurricane, they’ll be fine. They instinctively know to head for the “sound” side and hide out in the brush until the storm has passed. Obviously, they weren’t a bit concerned as of yesterday.

Unlike some of us, who are watching and waiting for the latest updates.

If you’re a new follower to the blog, we live in southeast Virginia, not directly on the coast, but not really that far from it.  I’ll let you know Wednesday what the latest “guess” is on Florence’s projected path.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

The Only Way To Celebrate

Yesterday was “National I Love Horses Day”.

Well, you know that required a celebration on my part. So we headed off to one of our favorite day trip destinations: Carova Beach, N.C.,  home to the Corolla wild horses.

It was gorgeous day: low 80’s, beautiful blue sky and a nice breeze.

A perfect day for a stroll in one of the many canals.

Or to kick up a little dust.

Motor Man captured me celebrating the holiday.

But then, any day that we visit Carova is “I Love Horses Day” to me.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Newest Foal, Breakdown and A Donation

How’s that for a blog post title? I promise: they’re all connected.

Yesterday, Motor Man and I made a trip to the Outer Banks. Normally, our drives to that area include riding along the beach, windows down, listening to oldies, looking for horses. Well, there was that time the alternator on our Tahoe stopped working. And the time we got stuck in the sand.  But those troublesome times are, thankfully, few and far between.

On our trip yesterday, we saw 23 horses, including the third foal born this season (that we know of, so far).  Meet Valor, first seen around Memorial Day.

When Valor was first discovered by the Corolla Wild Horse Folks, they thought SHE was a HE. But a couple of weeks later, on closer inspection, they learned that Valor is a sweet little filly.

I’m happy to have seen (and have photos of) all the foals born this season. It’s so exciting to see the little ones.

After spotting Valor, Motor Man and I continued along with our windows down, listening to our oldies, when suddenly, an alarm on the dash sounded.  And not just a simple “ding”….this was a constant “DING, DING, DING, DING”.  Motor Man looked to see the hand on the temperature gauge “pegged” (as far as it would go).

Houston, we have a problem…. and we’re in an off-road area, nearly five miles from a hard surface road.

Checking under the hood, we discovered that the fitting for the heater hose had broken off. That’s the hole in the picture below. And we had water coming out EVERYWHERE.

In our world, there’s a saying: “If it moves, and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. If it doesn’t move, and it should, use WD-40”.   Thankfully, we had a roll of duct tape among our supplies. And plenty of water to refill the reservoirs.

The tape held until we could get to the nearest hardware store to buy zip ties. (How did we ever live without ’em?)

Everything seemed fine until we were probably about 3/4 of the way home. When we were stopped at a red light, we noticed steam coming from under the hood. Again.

Then it was a quick stop at an auto parts store for a piece of hose, two hose clamps and a freezer plug.

And my McGyver Motor Man once again saved the day by bypassing where the heater hose was supposed to be.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience. We weren’t stranded for very long, we had a nice breeze while Motor Man worked under the hood, and we had water and the right tools in our vehicle to do the job.

So now that you know about the newest foal and the breakdown, here’s the news about the donation. You may recall that my blogging friend, Beth Ann, author of “It’s Just Life“, selects a cause each month, and for each comment left on her blog, donates 50-cents to that cause. Last month, she chose the Corolla Wild Horse Fund as her cause. She’s tallied up the numbers, and she and her husband, Chris, will be donating $250 to the CWHF! You may also recall that my sweet Motor Man suggested that he and I match Beth Ann and Chris’s donation, so we will also be mailing a check for $250 to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. And we’re happy to do so.

Thanks again, Beth Ann, and to all of you who visited her blog to help support “my” horses.

(And this concludes today’s very busy post.)

~These Days Of Mine~