Words to live by: Matthew 10: What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the rooftops. God whispers truths to us, but we aren’t to keep them to ourselves. We are to share and proclaim what we have learned.
Last month, my husband and took a little vacation to Duck, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks. Today’s post is a continuation from an earlier post that you can read here.
As we were researching and planning our trip, one thing that kept coming up in all the “Things to see and do on the Outer Banks” websites, was a trip to see the wild horses. I remember hearing about these horses that actually are wild and roam the beaches and sand dunes, from when I was a little girl, so we were really excited to book an excursion.
The horses are direct decedents of Spanish stallions that were left here in the 1500’s. They are free to roam in the Nature Preserve, that can only be reached by 4-wheel drive vehicles. The only road is actually on the beach! Route 12, at this point is the beach. There is no point whatsoever in trying drive in a regular car. We watched a car full of people get stuck, and they looked miserable. We booked our tour and were loaded into seats in the back of an open air truck. From where we loaded up, it is less than a mile to the beach, and sure enough, we drove right on the sand at the water’s edge. It was breathtaking to watch the waves crash right in front of us as we were driving 35 mph! (yes the speed limit is 35mph and it is posted!)
You can see the 6 seats in the bed of the truck.
Our view as we drove up the beach to the sanctuary.
The sand was pretty compacted here so you can see the tire tracks. In other areas, it was very light and soft.
Now the brochures all show fantastic photos of wild horses frolicking on the beach. However, in reality, the horses seem to prefer the sandy dune area just slightly inland. Here is the first of 5 wild horses we found. They were crossing the “road” (I use that term loosely,as it really is just the compacted sand where people drive.)
These horses had just wandered over to someone’s lawn and were grazing.
There are currently about 115 horses in the nature preserve in Corolla. They are free to roam wherever they want. The horses do not receive any routine veterinary care. If care is required of a horse, they will try and admixture it right there. If the animal needs to be transported to the veterinary hospital, it will never be returned to the preserve. This is because the horse may contract a disease and bring it back to the herd which could wipe them out. They also are not fed on the preserve. Visitors are strongly cautioned not to feed them. Our guide told us a story where a tourist fed a horse some watermelon and the horse got very sick and eventually died. They have survived for centuries on what they can graze.
If you visit the Outer Banks, I encourage you to take jeep tour to see the horses, but understand that you will most likely find the horses on the dunes and not in the water!
The town of Corolla was darling and walkable! Our first stop after the horse tour, was to see the historic Currituck BeachLighthouse.
We decided to pay the $10 each to climb up to the top of the lighthouse, however about halfway up, hubby looked out one of the windows and decided he was way to far off the ground and headed back down.
Here is the view from just a few floors up.
It was quite a climb, but so worth the view! You can really see here how the outer banks really is a a narrow strip of land as you can see the water on both sides.
The yellow mansion in the background is the Knight House. We toured it also, but were not allowed to take photos inside. It was built in the 1920’s as a hunt lodge. It was quite impressive and fun to tour around.
I thought I better throw in an outfit photo before I go any further! It was about 70 degrees, but quite windy this day. I wore a short sleeved grey tee, denim shorts, a lightweight cardigan and scarf. The cardi and scarf added a little hedge agains the winds. I wanted to be super comfortable since we were going to be walking a lot. I went with my Tom’s for footwear. I considered sandals, but am really glad I went with a closed toe shoe. Much safer for climbing those unending stairs up the lighthouse! I also added my cloche, straw hat which you can see in photos above.
Whenever we visit a new town, I love to check out the local bookstore. It was pretty fun to find most of the books my book club has read in the last few months all on display! #weknowhowtopickem.
This is an historic schoolhouse that is still in use! They actually have 33 local children enrolled in this one room schoolhouse. Those “stop” signs in front, let you know that we can not enter it because it is actually in use.
Another fun thing we discovered, is this business called “Brew Thru”. It is a drive thru wine and beer store! You know you are in vacation land. I don’t know about where you live, but we certainly don’t have anything like that in Connecticut!
Here we are in our car, inside the store. Just too fun and different to pass up!
I have one more post planned to finish up our trip to the Outer Banks. I hope you stop by again.
Have a lovely day my friends!