Category Archives: Traveling Days

Wild Horse Wednesday

Today I’m sharing a few photos from our most recent trip to the Outer Banks to see “my” wild horses.

The first ones we saw were enjoying a lunch of sea oats up high on one of the dunes.

Further up the beach, we saw these two nose-to-nose.

Many of the roads were flooded because of recent heavy rains.  It may be that the water isn’t really that deep in some places, but since we don’t know for sure, we err on the side of caution.  That limits us to how much distance we can cover to look for horses.  So on this particular day, we only saw 14.

But, by far, my favorite picture of the day was this one, which I affectionately titled “Miss Tina Turner”.

“Maybe she’s born with it: maybe it’s “Neighbelline”.”

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

Another week, another Friday, another Random Five.

1.) Earlier this month, we were out and about on the evening of the Full Buck Moon. There were clouds, so at times, we could see the entire moon, and other times, just a portion of it.  Motor Man pulled over and took this shot from the car window. He seems to have better luck and definitely more patience than me when it comes to nighttime photography.

 

2.) I continue to occasionally come upon a fawn as I move about our yard. I’m not sure who’s more surprised when that happens: me or the fawn.  We have three, two are twins, and there’s a single baby who’s smaller.  I think this is the baby of the bunch. Those eyes….

3.) Motor Man and I have begun celebrating those crazy special occasion days. This past week included National Ice Cream Day AND National Hot Dog Day. For the latter, we visited a local “hot dog joint”, The Barking Dog.  Motor Man had seen it mentioned in our local paper, so we thought we’d give it a try. We give it a thumbs up.

4.) On our most recent trip to the Outer Banks, we spotted the little colt, Mateo, born earlier this year.  This week, it was announced that a filly has been born into the herd, and we can’t wait to spot her on a future trip.

5.) We recently went on a tall ship sail out of Yorktown with my niece and her son. Motor Man took this picture of me during the sail. I love that, if you look closely,  you can see his reflection in my sunglasses.

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Random Five Friday

Five randoms for a hot, humid July Friday.

1.) In our area, the heat index has been over 100 for the past few days.  Early morning is just about the only time to do anything outdoors when that is the case. Bonus: that’s usually a gorgeous time of day.

2.) One of my outdoor chores recently has been trying to cover some of my plants in netting to protect them from these critters.  The deer repellent sprays I’ve been using in the past seem to be ineffective these days. (Yes, the deer are very charming.  And equally as destructive.)

3.) Bacon’s Castle is always beautiful in my eyes, but on a recent day, the white clouds in a perfectly blue sky made for an amazing backdrop.

4.) I think this weekend will be spent purchasing a new computer. “Someone” has so many pictures on this one, it’s running low out of storage space.  That same “someone” is dreading the change.

5.) This post began with a sunrise, so it’s only fitting that it end with a sunset.  Last week, my niece and her son visited, and they joined Motor Man and me for a sail on the tall ship, Alliance, out of Yorktown.  That is the George P. Coleman bridge in the background.

Happy weekend, stay cool and feel free to share any randoms you may have.

~These Days Of Mine~

Here A Horse, There A Horse

It’s been a while since I’ve shared wild horse photos with you, so today’s the day.

When Motor Man and I spot the first horse on one of our beach trips, one of us will usually say: “Well, it won’t be a zero day”. Thankfully, we’ve only had a few of those over the years we’ve been going to see the horses.

On our most recent trip, we set a personal record: the highest number of wild horses we’ve ever seen.  We counted 92….ninety-two.  That’s just about the entire herd. Our beach day started with this gorgeous line-up. There were horses standing by the ocean:

There were horses resting by the ocean:

There were horses by the dunes:

There were horses ON the dunes:

And horses running OFF the dunes:

There were horses in front of sand fences:

And horses by the sound:

There were horses everywhere!

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Love

There are probably very few of you who aren’t familiar with April, the giraffe. For those of you who may not know her story, here it is in a nutshell:

April and her mate, Oliver, live at the Animal Adventure Park in New York state.  The local residents knew that April was expecting a little one, and last winter, they began calling the park (during its off season) to inquire about her condition.  The park’s owner, Jordan Patch, decided to install a simple web cam to allow her nearby fans to keep check on April.  The media caught wind of this and announced that April was due to give birth “any day”. Giraffes are pregnant for around 15 months, and the park staff didn’t know exactly when April was due.  So it seemed that the entire world waited forever for her to give birth.

A Facebook friend of mine posted the link to April’s web cam in late February, and I became a follower.  I wasn’t glued to the computer, but I did check in frequently, and happened to be at home that Saturday morning, April 15, when April gave birthday to her baby boy, later named Tajiri.

A few weeks ago, Motor Man and I began entertaining the idea of traveling to the park (as part of my birthday celebration), so I could meet April, her family and the staff.

The morning of our visit, I awoke very early and was so excited, Motor Man said to me: “Little girl, is this your first Christmas?”

We have seen several interviews with Jordan, and we are impressed with how at ease he is speaking publicly.  We also admire him for what he’s doing to spread knowledge about different species of animals, not just giraffes. I was thrilled to meet him; he’s so personable and willing to have his picture taken with any guest who asks. (You just have to catch up to him: such a busy guy!)

Soon it was time to head to the giraffe exhibit and meet April.

Is my excitement showing?

Our friends that have seen this next picture are surprised when I tell them that she never touched my face…she just curled her tongue around that carrot stick, and it disappeared.

Check out that tongue!

Motor Man was ready with the camera when April agreed to pose with me.

And then, there was adorable Tajiri (“Taj” for short).  He was running around the giraffe yard to the delight of all his fans. Notice the windows in the barn: those are in the space that April and Tajiri share.  April looks out of those when she’s inside; Taj has some growing to do before he’s able to do that, although he’s already 7 feet tall.

April and Taj are out in the yard during the morning, then they’re coaxed back into the barn, so “dad”, Oliver, can enjoy some outdoor time. In this picture, Oliver is on the left, peering around the corner from the stall. Since Oliver is a bull and Taj is still young and small, they aren’t allowed to be in the same area. They do, however, touch noses through the wire separating their spaces in the barn.

Here’s Oliver, making his appearance in the yard. That’s Corey, another of the keepers that we came to know through the web cam.  Corey juggled the giraffe family from barn to yard, etc. Notice that the staff members don’t get too close to Oliver.

Motor Man didn’t rush me at all, so we spent about four hours at the park, and although we saw some of the other animals, most of my time was spent at the giraffe exhibit. I couldn’t seem to drag myself away…

AAP is such a nice place,  special people, special animals. I’m so grateful to Motor Man for making our visit happen.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnstorming

Last summer, when Motor Man and I took the helicopter tour of the Outer Banks, we noticed that they also offered bi-plane rides. (I must admit that this was higher up on Motor Man’s list of adventures than mine.) But for various reasons, we didn’t get to have that experience last summer.

Recently, on a gorgeous day, we called and arranged a flight. If you’re ever in the Outer Banks and want an air tour, we can definitely recommend these folks: Coastal Helicopter or OBX Bi-planes.

Before the flight, our pilot, Larry, took a picture of Motor Man and me.

He helped us with our “soft helmets” and seat belts, and it was time for another pic just before take-off.

We saw shipwrecks, dolphins and fishing boats. We flew over the little fishing village of Wanchese.

Then on to Rodanthe and by Bodie Lighthouse.

Although we’ve taken several helicopter tours and been on both commercial airliners as well as smaller planes, this was our first time in an open cock-pit. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I had thought it might be.  Windy, yes. Loud, yes. But not scary.

The folks at OBX Bi-planes condensed our trip into a little you-tube video.  If you’re interested, here’s the link. If you have the option, clicking on full-screen gives you a better view.

Motor Man has definitely brought out the adventurer in me.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gypsy Queen, Sasquatch And A Home Inspection

Motor Man and I threw caution to the wind and made a trip to the Outer Banks over the holiday weekend. Although there were LOTS of folks on the beach, traffic was surprisingly not horrendous on our trip there or back home.

It was a most interesting day.  At one point, as we were driving along the beach, Motor Man spotted something tall up ahead and wondered what it could be.  A little later, we discovered what he’d seen.  Quite an unusual sight, indeed.

May I present, The Gypsy Queen:

We were told that The Gypsy Queen is a blending of two different boats, placed on a bus chassis.

Of course, we just had to have our picture taken with “the queen”.

As you can see, an impromptu painting party was taking place when we stopped. We met the owners, local residents, Mark and Kelly, and Motor Man took this picture of me with Mark.

Meanwhile, further up the beach, a fundraiser was taking place for the Carova Fire Department. One way to donate was to purchase a ride on the beach on the Monster Truck, Sasquatch. Motor Man and I thought that would be fun, so we paid our money and climbed aboard.

There were times, however, that we questioned our decision to ride.  “Doughnuts” in a Monster truck on the sand were more than a little scary. Warning: watching this video may cause vertigo! (And no, the police weren’t trying to make a traffic stop; the siren was an option on the megaphone being used to let everyone know about the fundraiser.)

 

But we were happy to contribute to a worthy cause.

We also saw 26 horses, including this beauty, checking out some new construction in the area.

What do you think, Buddy?  Does it pass muster?

A boat on wheels, a Monster truck on the beach, and a horse doing a home inspection……I don’t know that we’ve ever had that much excitement on a day trip to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~