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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~

Busy Weekend, Part I

Some weekends are just more action-packed than others. And this past weekend was definitely one of those for us.

Thursday morning, Motor Man, my friend, Donna, and I went to the Outer Banks. We did a little shopping, had lunch, more shopping, had dinner and stayed the night.

Early Friday morning, we were up and on our way to Corolla in search of wild horses.  But first, we stopped to catch the sunrise, and Donna took this photo.  (Sorry for the rerun, Facebook friends.)  When she looked at the preview on her camera, she was so excited.  And I think it’s special, too.

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We think we saw 60 horses, give or take a couple… or five.  We were too excited taking pictures to keep an accurate count.  These three were walking down one of the “back roads”.  We thought the one in the middle was especially beautiful.*

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We could tell by the horses’ body language that things were a bit tense.

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We soon realized that these were two stallions, and we had our cameras ready for a serious “discussion”.

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But, discussion was apparently all there was to be this particular time, and the guys walked away rather peacefully.

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It’s always a treat to see horses on the beach near the ocean, preferably walking IN the water,  and these five obliged us.

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It was a perfect day on the beach: comfortable temps, a nice breeze, sunshine, wild horses. During one of our stops, Motor Man shared a joke with Donna by the seaside.

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Thanks, Motor Man for putting up with all our girly silliness, giggles, shopping, etc.

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On Wednesday,  I’ll share part two of our busy weekend.

* As always, we were always more than the required 50 feet distance from the horses.  My photos were taken with a zoom lens, and most of them have been cropped to bring the images in closer than the distance they actually were.

~These Days Of Mine~

Summer To Winter In 36 Hours

Saturday morning, Motor Man needed to run an errand just across the Virginia/North Carolina border. The weather was almost perfect: sunny and temps in the low 70’s.  With a forecast looming for rain, sleet, wind and temps in the thirties for last night and today, we decided to head to the beach once our errand was complete.

The condition of the sand is different each time we go out on the beach. Saturday, it was perfect for driving; we didn’t even need to use 4-wheel-drive. That’s smoke in the distance, but we don’t know the source.

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“My” wild horses are apparently still hunkered down in the brush, because we didn’t see any out on the beach. But we did spot this one, still wearing its winter woolies.

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I’m glad we stored up a little summer to get us through this (hopefully) last round of winter.

Windblown!

In shirtsleeves, but a bit windblown!

(No snow for us this St. Patrick’s Day morning; just windy, rainy and 34 degrees.)

~These Days Of Mine~

Our Sunday

It had been a few weeks since Motor Man and I went to the Outer Banks. So, shortly after waking to this gorgeous sunrise yesterday morning, we headed south.

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It was a beautiful morning on the beach.

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We saw 29 horses in all, including this little one and its dad. (Photo was taken with my long lens; we weren’t this close.)

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Although we never saw what it was, something had this stallion’s undivided attention.

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Typical for this time of year: by the time we returned home later in the day, there were storms nearby.

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How was your Sunday?