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Best Escape

Although Motor Man and I have been to the Carova 4-wheel drive area of the Outer Banks when the weather wasn’t perfect, we usually try to plan our trips for pretty days.

Our most recent visit certainly qualified.

I’ve mentioned before that the ideal place to see the horses is by the ocean. Second best is on the dunes.

Horses, dunes and sand fences make for an interesting photo.

This beauty was strolling down one of the “streets”.   The horses have really started growing their woolly winter coats.

Lunch time.  I think I’ll have a side of shrubbery.

This next picture was my favorite of the day. It was taken from inside our vehicle (Motor Man lowered his window) with my zoom lens.

Folks visit the beach for various reason: to swim, fish, sunbathe, look for seashells.  Obviously, Motor Man and I have an entirely different reason for our trips, but my favorite acronym certainly applies to us:

BEACH: Best Escape Anyone Could Have.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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Semi-Retired

Recently, Motor Man and I took off for a day trip to the Outer Banks. It’s wonderful being semi-retired.

The beach could not have been better for a drive. The sand was packed down hard,  so for much of the time, we weren’t even in four-wheel drive.

Tree stumps are proof of just how far the land has receded over the years. (Notice the difference in color in these two photos: the one above was taken through the windshield, and I was out of the vehicle to take this next one.)

But sometimes, in search of horses, we have to go “off road”. Let’s just say that we were up close and personal with some tree branches along here.

The horses are usually more difficult to find in the winter months, and this time was no exception.  We only saw one, but what made this especially interesting was the song playing on our radio when we spotted him….

A Horse With No Name“.

~These Days Of Mine~

Carova Recovers

In the past month, Hurricane Julia and Hurricane Matthew collectively dumped nearly 30 inches of rain on the Outer Banks.

In those 4 weeks,  travel in the 4-wheel drive area of Carova has been very limited due to flooded “streets”. Motor Man and I have visited a couple of times, but since we were only able to drive on the beach, we hadn’t seen many horses.  We tried again over the weekend, and were able to drive on some of the streets on the back side of the dunes.

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A couple of weeks ago, FEMA began pumping water from some of the streets, and sand is being brought in to fill low-lying areas.

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Most of the roads are still quite a mess.

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We spoke with a deputy who told us that, just this week, they’d rescued folks who had been stranded in some of the homes since the storm. Although they were safe, they were running low on essentials, and the water was still preventing them from leaving their homes.

We were able to spot 16 horses while in the area, including these two who were nose-to-nose.

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And this one, who seems to have had enough of the flood-waters and was looking for a room.

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Although the horses really haven’t been bothered by the flooding, we’re happy for the residents that the area is slowly returning to normal.

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As for us being able to visit again, well, that’s just a bonus.

~These Days Of Mine~

Gotta Have A Horse Post

It’s rare that a week passes here at These Days without at least one horse-related post.  For this week’s entry, I’m sharing pictures from a trip we made to the Outer Banks about 10 days ago.  It was another beautiful day at the beach. We saw 34 horses, and although I’m always excited to see any of them, we had a special treat that day.

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This is the third foal born to the Corolla herd this season; she was introduced on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund page on June 13. (So far, we’ve been fortunate enough to see two of the three. We saw baby North Star with our friends Renee and Mike, as shared in this post from last month.)

I had my lens zoomed in as much as possible while taking these pictures. (I’m trying to be good, hoping Santa may bring me a larger lens for Christmas….)

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Sweet baby, beautiful Mom.

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I’m anxiously awaiting an announcement on a name for this little girl.

Meanwhile, we also saw these two beauties.  In the past, I have referred to them as having “blonde” manes.  A friend of mine with extensive horse knowledge kindly let me know that the correct term is “flaxen”.

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And I was pleased with this picture of one of the horses having lunch on a dune.

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And that concludes this week’s obligatory horse post.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Is it just me or are the weeks really flying by? It’s Friday again already. Let’s see if I can come up with five random thoughts today:

1.) Gypsy is demanding that I share this latest picture of her. She was being particularly gorgeous one day earlier this week. Those eyes….

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2.) Our trees seem to have all-of-a-sudden realized it’s fall, and that they should be dressed in their autumnal colors.

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3.) Last Friday evening, I took this picture of the (almost) full moon. Sorry for the rerun, Facebook friends!

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 4.) The supplies arrived yesterday for the Christmas cards I’ll be making. No, I won’t be sharing a photo. Yet.

5.) Motor Man, I am officially missing my wild horses….

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*Bonus: I was awakened this morning around 5 to the sound of sleet (briefly) on our windows. I hope this isn’t how our winter is shaping up to be.

I’m patiently waiting to read your randomness….

~These Days Of Mine~

Where I Go For Quiet

When I saw this as one of the prompts for Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop this week, I immediately chose it:

1.) Show us where you go for quiet.

And it should come as no surprise to my readers that my quiet place is the beach, with my Motor Man, preferably around sunrise.

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Oh, the word in the prompt was “quiet”?  Well, then, just never mind the crash of the waves against the shore.

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And disregard the “chattering” of shore birds.

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And the occasional soft clopping of horses’ hooves on the sand.

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 Or the crunching of a horse eating sea oats.

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Now that I  think about it, “quiet” can sometimes be a bit overrated.

Where do YOU go for quiet?

Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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~