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Just Horsin’ Around

Motor Man and I took advantage of a beautiful spring day recently and headed to the Outer Banks.

The past few times we’ve been, we haven’t seen many horses, but this time we saw 14, including this one enjoying a stroll along the beach.

A few were hanging out on the dunes.

And this one was channeling a Friesian.

Tis spring, so the young bucks are a bit restless; we witnessed much whinnying, rearing up and running.

And this one was apparently looking to check into his accommodations for the week.

~These Days Of Mine~

Stranded

On our most recent trip to the Outer Banks, Motor Man and I had a bit more “excitement” than we would have liked.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Carova area of the Outer Banks (where the wild horses are), it’s accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles.  After driving several miles on the beach,  there are many back roads/streets, but none are paved.  It is NOT a convenient place for your vehicle to “break down”….

We were approximately eight miles “up the beach” when all the alarms on our dashboard began that “dinging” sound. Motor Man looked to see that our voltage indicator was at its lowest point.  It was just a few minutes later that we came to a stop.

Thankfully, within minutes, we were surrounded by a group of local ‘good guys’ stopping to offer their help. (In this picture, you aren’t able to see a huge pick-up truck with jumper cables connected to our Tahoe, charging our battery.)

I should explain that we carry a small portable battery jump box/charger. But, apparently our battery was so “low”, the jump box wasn’t enough to start our vehicle.

Since the alternator was the problem, the guys knew that the battery wouldn’t hold a charge for long. So we needed to hurry as much as safely possible to make it back to the hard surface road before we needed a tow.

And we did….with a few miles to spare. But eventually, the inevitable happened, and the Tahoe could go no further. Thank goodness for our AAA membership, although in that area, our wait was 90 minutes for the tow truck to arrive. They towed us to a friend’s business, and we called other friends, who came to our rescue and brought us home.

BUT. As we were heading off the beach, again, as quickly as we safely could, we spotted up ahead…..five horses down by the water.

That’s my favorite place to see the horses, but since we weren’t able to stop,  this was taken as we bounced along the beach, resulting in the blurry picture.

The alternator was replaced the next day. Motor Man has already purchased a large jump box, which will be in our vehicle on our next trip to the beach.

Although having your vehicle “let you down” is always concerning, especially in such a remote location, the kindness of strangers and friends made this more of an adventure than a hardship. We are grateful.

~These Days Of Mine~

It’s Been Awhile….

Have you been missing the beach and horse pictures recently here on These Days? Yeah, me,too.  Let’s see if we can remedy that today with a few  photos from our recent trips to the Outer Banks:

We love driving on the beach this time of year. We practically have the place to ourselves.  On pretty summer days, this place is packed with vehicles, sunbathers, swimmers, fishermen, children and dogs playing, folks flying kites. But, now that the weather is cooler, this is usually our view.

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Of course, you’re also a little less likely to see horses on the beach. But, on our last trip, there was one lone horse, walking along the water’s edge. We didn’t see any other horses nearby, but they could have been out of sight on the other side of the dunes.

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The trip prior to that, we saw this handsome stallion with the windblown mane. (Picture was taken with a zoom lens, then cropped once it was downloaded to the computer. I wasn’t nearly as close as it looks.)

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I’m guessing this was his mare; she was close by.  You can tell the horses have started getting their woolly winter coats. They’re beginning to look “fuzzy”.

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Thankfully, most of the flooding from Hurricane Matthew has receded, so we’re able to travel the “back roads” once again.

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See? Although it’s rare, I do occasionally take a beach picture that doesn’t include a horse.

~These Days Of Mine~

Making Time For the Horses

In the past week, Motor Man and I have hosted a family reunion, attended a boat race, he’s worked on engines, I’ve been for a doctor’s appointment, visited with two nieces (including one who’s in town from halfway across the country)….and we still found time to (s-q-u-e-e-z-e) in a trip to the Outer Banks to see a few wild horses.

Scenery like this alone would make the trip worthwhile, but, thankfully, we saw a few horses, too.

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Although we’ve had temps in the 90’s this week, there has also been some rain, which provided areas of fresh drinking water for the horses.

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The picture brings to mind the song “Knee Deep (in the water somewhere)”.

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And how convenient?  There was a “pick your own” salad bar.

We also saw this group,”chilling” by the ocean on a hot day.

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Motor Man and I keep a pretty busy schedule, but we love those quick getaways to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Most Beautiful Sky

Our friend, Bev, joined us for our most recent trip to Corolla to see the wild horses. She and Motor Man were laughing at me because I kept commenting on how beautiful the sky was. They really teased me when I finally announced that it just may have been the most beautiful sky I’d ever seen.

But, later in the day, when Bev saw some of the photos I’d taken, I think she agreed.

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Oh, and by the way, we saw wild horses under that perfect sky. Among them, this stallion and his two mares.   I learned a new horse term compliments of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page: when a stallion steers the mares in his harem in the direction he wants them to go by lowering his head like this, it’s called “snaking”. (Motor Man wishes….)

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Further along, we saw another stallion with his harem of three mares.

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Did you happen to notice something else in the photo? Dolphins, very close to the shore.

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Once I uploaded my photos at home and compared them to some on the Corolla Wild Horse Facebook page, I learned that this handsome boy is the son of Amadeo, the blind stallion rescued from the ocean, who’s now a pampered resident of the Corolla Wild Horse Rescue Facility.  (We met him at the Open House last fall.)  You just never know who you’ll meet on the beach.

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On our way back through the tiny village of Corolla, I took this picture of the Currituck Light.

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And if that’s not the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely in the top two.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Post-birthday random five:

1.)  Motor Man and I went to the Outer Banks last weekend.  Our planned afternoon of riding on the beach, looking for the wild horses didn’t go quite as we planned.  The sand was in such treacherous condition, after a couple of miles, we decided it best that we turn around.  I didn’t draw a deep breath until we were back on the hard surface.

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2.) Since we didn’t see any horses on the beach, it’s a good thing we stopped to visit Aggie on the way home. We gave her a granola bar and an apple.

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3.) Sundae has been at it again:  what in the WORLD was she trying to do to the guest room bed? Final score:  Sundae, 1 coverlets, 0.

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4.) We’ve had rain for the past three days.  And at times, that rain has been heavy.  Yesterday, my little hummie was here during a downpour.

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5.) I had a wonderful birthday.  Shopping and lunch with a friend on Wednesday, lunch with another friend yesterday, dinner and dessert with more friends, Marshall and Motor Man last night.  And lunch with another friend planned for next week.

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fun with silly string

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Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

And The Answer Is….

Yesterday, I left you with a cliffhanger: did we see any horses during our weekend trip to the Outer Banks?

Why, yes, as a matter of fact, we saw a total of 39 horses.  The first one was standing in front of the restored Coast Guard Station. This picture was taken from the beach.

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Traveling around to the back of the property, we saw this family.

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Just look at this little one. (I’ve sent a message to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, asking its name, but as of yet, haven’t gotten a response. When I do, I’ll share.)

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Then, this one, who brought to mind the book Black Beauty.

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And, finally, what I always hope for: horses on the beach.

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During some of our winter trips, we didn’t see any horses, on others, we’d see a few. I guess the horses are like us humans: they much prefer the beach during the summer.

~These Days Of Mine~