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No Surprise Here

It seems that, each week, I share photos from a trip to the Outer Banks. And this week is no different.  These are from a couple of recent trips, and if we’re friends on Facebook, you may have already seen one or two of them.

On one of our trips, the sun was just beginning to break through the heavy clouds of the early morning.  It made for some interesting scenery.  This is the fence at the southernmost portion of the 4-wheel drive beach. It prevents the wild horses from straying from their area. There’s also a cattle-guard across the highway for the same purpose.

Clouds, sea oats and a fence.

It appears this cattle egret has a secret for his horse friend.  Pssst…..

Waves and tree stumps.

As I’ve shared many times, although we love seeing the wild horses ANYWHERE, it’s always a special treat to see them by the ocean.

And near the dunes.

But, as we were beginning our return trip off the 4-wheel drive area, we spotted pelicans on the shore, and had to stop for pictures. (Thankful for a zoom lens.)

I shared this next one on my Facebook page and had comments from friends comparing this to a pastor with his congregation or a policeman directing traffic. One friend commented that it appeared the gull was attempting to shoo away the pelican.

No matter the weather, no matter the condition of the sand or the ocean, no matter how many horses we see or their location, we always enjoy our beach trips.

No surprise there.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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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~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Ever OBX Visit

Do you ever stop to think about how your individual friendships were formed? There are so many ways that we become friends with folks. My friend, Pam, and I came to know each other about six years ago through blogging.  (She and her ginger kitty, Sammy, write One Spoiled Cat.) You may recall that she and her husband, Dave, have visited us here in Smithfield, and we’ve met them near their home in Northern Virginia a few times for lunch and antiquing. Pam and I email each other every day (usually several times), and I consider her a very special friend.

Pam nor Dave had ever been to the Outer Banks. So last week, to help celebrate their anniversary, we gave them a whirlwind tour.

First, we took them to Carova to see “my” wild horses.  We were thrilled to see a large group down by the ocean. We left home in the rain, but by the time we arrived at the beach, the sun was shining.

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I shared this next photo on Facebook, where it received a couple of humorous comments regarding that part of the horse’s anatomy in the background. And let me just say that I can’t think of anything I’d rather have photo-bombing one of my pictures.

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Next, we stopped at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk.  Dave is a pilot, so this was definitely on their list of things to see.

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Then it was dinner at Lone Cedar Cafe near Manteo.

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The next morning, we were up early to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic.

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We enjoyed breakfast at Henry’s in Kitty Hawk, and on the way home, stopped at a favorite farm market. While there, we met, Tony, one of the shop market kitties. We’re all fond of kitties, so Tony got plenty of attention from us.

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It was such a fun trip, but it’s always sad for Pam and me to say good-bye.  I hope the four of us share another adventure soon.

~These Days Of Mine~