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The Motherlode

Have you noticed the lack of horses in my recent posts? I know: we MUST fix that.  So, today, I’m sharing photos from our trip a couple of weeks ago to the Carova/Corolla area of the Outer Banks.

This time of year, when the wind is from the west, the flies are simply horrible for the wild horses.  To attempt to get relief, the horses head to the ocean.  And the day we went, we saw more horses on the beach than we’ve ever seen before.

Mile after mile, so many horses…

16 horses 5-25-2016 4-00-10 PM

As you can imagine, with that many harems- translated: that many stallions, we saw  more than a few dust-ups along the way.

running2 5-25-2016 4-11-19 PM

We heard talk that those two stallions were having quite the issue that day. Apparently one had stolen a mare from the other. One stallion seemed to take refuge in the water.

horse splash 5-25-2016 4-12-13 PM

We weren’t sure if he was in the water for relief from the flies, the heat or the other stallion, but it made for some interesting photos.

framed 5-25-2016 4-10-45 PM

We don’t recall ever seeing a horse out in the water that far or for that length of time.

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 Needless to say, I took photo, after photo,

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After photo…

horse in wave 5-25-2016 4-55-53 PM

Some pictures just don’t need captions.

black stallion running 5-25-2016 4-11-22 PM

We lost count, but we estimated we saw 70+ horses on the beach that day.  Yes, it was a motherlode.

~These Days Of Mine~

In A Fog

In Friday’s post, I shared this photo of a recent sunrise.

sunrise 3-17-2016 6-13-11 AM

It was taken the morning of our most recent day trip. Motor Man and I both woke up very early that morning (before 4:30; still adjusting to the time change, I suppose).  We decided to just get the day started, and left early for the Outer Banks.

Although the weather had been nice during our two hour drive there, just as we were going onto the beach, we began to see fog.

foggy fence 3-17-2016 8-28-40 AM

Visibility was the worst I’ve ever experienced – no more than three car lengths in front of us.  We drove along at a crawl,  both of us straining to see possible oncoming vehicles, pedestrians or horses. Thankfully, the few vehicles we saw on the beach were also driving cautiously.

truck on beach 3-17-2016 10-26-01 AM

We did see two people walking along the beach, and it was a bit frightening how close we were to them before we actually saw them. I don’t think they realized the possible danger of walking on the beach in those conditions.

I trust Motor Man with my life, and I KNEW that we were driving parallel to the ocean, but the fog was so disorienting that it was easy to imagine us driving INTO the water.

ocean 3-17-2016 8-29-19 AM

It was a relief when we were finally able to drive over the dunes….away from the ocean.

I’ve shared photos before of the old Wash Woods Coast Guard station on the beach.  No matter the weather, she’s a beauty: eerily so on this trip.

lifesaving station 3-17-2016 8-56-49 AM

Unfortunately, even after a potentially treacherous trip, we didn’t see any wild horses this time. We spent quite a bit of time driving around all the places we normally see them, but they weren’t to be found.

And by the time we left the beach, the sun had burned off nearly all the fog.

leaving the beach 3-17-2016 10-46-41 AM

Needless to say, the trip leaving the beach was much more pleasant than our drive earlier in the morning.

~These Days Of Mine~

Shipwreck

On our most recent trip to the Outer Banks to see the horses, Motor Man and I made a stop before we came to the 4-wheel drive section of the beach. We had learned that the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin had uncovered a shipwreck on the beach at Corolla. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Joaquin uncovered MORE of the shipwreck; sources say that portions of it were actually unearthed earlier this year.

This is what remains of The Metropolis, which sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1878.

jr with shipwreck 10-24-2015 11-15-21 AM

When we stopped to see it, we hadn’t researched any of its history.  There’s extensive information about it on the internet. This is from the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker site.

Few stories in North Carolina history are as filled with drama (or as oft-told) as that of the wreck in 1878 of the Metropolis. Built in 1861 and originally called the Stars and Stripes, the futureMetropolis was outfitted for naval service in September 1862. Later that year she saw action in the Battle of Roanoke Island. Sold at auction after the war, the Metropolis was refitted for freight and passenger service but eventually fell into disrepair, rendering her inadequate for the lengthy trips. Nonetheless a Philadelphia company in January 1878 chartered the Metropolis to transport 215 workmen, iron rails, coal, and other supplies to Brazil to build a railroad.

      By the time the ship reached the Chesapeake Bay, the cargo was shifting dangerously causing seams in the hull to leak. The water overtook first the pumps, then the engines. The disabled ship was carried southward in the gale, parts of the vessel torn away by the heavy waves. At 6:45 AM on January 31, the Metropolis struck the shoals 100 yards from the beach at Currituck, halfway in between two lifesaving stations. Alarms were sounded and heroic efforts mounted but, with the weather conditions making maneuvering difficult, subsequent rescue attempts were ineffective. As the passengers on the Metropolis perceived the inevitable destruction of the ship, they began jumping overboard. In the water with dangerous debris, many were knocked unconscious or killed. The last of the survivors reached shore at dusk. Of the 245 passengers, eighty-five died in the wreck.

Thankfully, because of this shipwreck and one a few years prior, legislation was passed to build more lifesaving stations along the North Carolina coast.

shipwreck iron bolts 10-24-2015 11-18-01 AM

The only thing we knew about the Metropolis when we saw it on the beach was that it was destroyed in the 1870’s. After learning so much more about it, I’m glad we saw it in person.

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Further up the beach (in the 4-wheel-drive area), it’s obvious that The Metropolis wasn’t the only thing to be uncovered by Joaquin.  Prior to that storm, most of these tree stumps were covered with sand and driven over by motorists on the beach.

tree stumps 10-24-2015 11-45-20 AM

We saw sixteen horses on this trip, including these three having a drink.

3 horses drinking water 10-24-2015 11-55-06 AM

And this blonde-haired beauty.

horse by water 10-24-2015 11-53-22 AM

Seeing a bit of history, riding on the beach, “my wild horses” …

sun and sand 10-24-2015 1-14-17 PM

…another beautiful fall day with my Motor Man.

~These Days Of Mine~

Winter Horses

Saturday, Motor Man and I made a quick trip to the Outer Banks.

You could say that we had the beach to ourselves. (We’ve never seen as many tree stumps as we did this time.)

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We saw ten horses, including these three in one of the canals.

horses in water 2-28-2015 1-10-08 PM

And this one, strolling along in a patch of snow.

horse in snow 2-28-2015 1-16-42 PM

I loved this furry fella in the yard of a beach house; he’s needed that winter coat with all the cold temps this year.

woolly 2-28-2015 1-13-06 PM

In a few weeks, this beach will be bustling with people.

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But, Saturday, it was almost all ours.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Day Began With A Hamburger Sun

Friday, Motor Man took off for a couple of days and headed to the Outer Banks.

We were on the beach very early Saturday morning. It was a gray, cloudy morning with an unusual sunrise. Motor Man joked that, shortly after it rose, the sun resembled a hamburger.

hamburger sun 8-30-2014 6-34-06 AM

We saw 32 horses, including this one taking a cattle egret for a ride, bareback.

egret 8-30-2014 8-20-06 AM

There are numerous canals just off the beach near Carova. We’ve only once before seen horses in a canal, but three were taking a dip Saturday morning.

3 in canal 8-30-2014 7-30-55 AM

While we were watching, this one emerged from behind the shrubbery on the side. This was my favorite picture taken of the horses that day.

horse coming out of canal 8-30-2014 7-32-01 AM

On ‘Penny’s Hill’, we found evidence of a wedding that had taken place the day before. The signs read: ” Cassie & Hank, August 29, 2014. Shoes here. Vows there. Love everywhere.” Even seeing evidence of a past wedding makes me smile.

wedding 8-30-2014 8-39-49 AM

We drove down to Cape Hatteras later in the day, and stopped at the Hatteras Lighthouse (no, we didn’t climb it). By then, the skies had cleared, and it was a pretty day for pictures.

hatteras light 8-30-2014 12-46-04 PM

We ended the day with an evening walk on the beach with friends.

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The hamburger sun was the beginning of a fun Saturday.

~These Days Of Mine~