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Where The Wild Things Are

The wild horses of Corolla

After our visit at Currituck we drove just a little further to the northern shores of Corolla, where it is said that Colonial Spanish Mustangs roam free. The horses are lost colony descendants which arrived in the early 16th century along with the Spanish explorers/colonizers. In previous centuries there were thousands of these wild mustangs roaming the full length of the outer banks. Since then the Outer Banks has transformed from a remote place where few ever visited to a popular & developed vacation destination & their population has dwindled. The remaining herd can mainly be found on the stretch of narrow land & northern shores of Corolla up to the Virginia border. So we set out on a little family safari in search of the legendary mystical creatures. Just as the sun was setting we walked the shore & searched the dunes high & low. We were truly in awe of what we found. This was a magical evening that I will never forget.

Our search was a success !! After about an hour of walking the beach & searching the dunes, just as we were about to call it a night & a little bummed we hadn’t yet crossed paths with the wild horses this guy blessed us with his presence just over one of the dunes. It was truly magical ! He wandered about so peacefully & with such grace. The horses in my opinion are an integral part of what makes the Outer Banks so Special. Though they are wild, they are protected by North Carolina laws & The Corolla Wild Horse Fund. If you think they are as magnificent as I do, you can help protect them HERE. I hope these horses stay protected for years to come.

Currituck Lighthouse OBX part 4

In Corolla, also known as Currituck, tucked away in the trees you’ll find the Historic Currituck Light House. This Natural brick, Never painted, Lighthouse is in such a gorgeous setting on the Outer Banks. It is impeccably well kept & open for climbing to the top reaching 162 feet tall. Like the other lighthouses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Currituck Beach Lighthouse still serves as aid in navigation. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk & ceases at dawn. With a 20-second flash cycle the light can be seen for 18 nautical miles (about 21 land miles). Currituck Beach lighthouse was the last major brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks.  We were up for the challenge  of climbing to the top. 220 stairs later the sprawling views did NOT disappoint here are some photos from our adventure at Currituck.

 

Make A WishAll the way Up We Go

Looking down . . . .

We made it !! 

I just loved the Keepers House Victorian Style Dwelling it was ever so charming.

And that’s a wrap on our Currituck Lighthouse adventures.

Stay tuned for OBX part 5 “Where The Wild Things Are” Featuring the Wild Spanish Mustangs of Corolla.

Outer Banks Adventures Part 2

An afternoon at Bodie Light House

The historic bodie light house is one of the many Icoinic lighthouses of the Cape Hatteras National Sea Shore, Built in 1872 standing at 165 feet tall this guy is a real beauty. After a fun day at the beach we took a drive down to Nags Head to check it out.

Behind the Scenes of a Sister Selfie

Afterward we went over to Millers Waterfront Restaurant for dinner.

 

Dinner here was very nice. We had a great view of the sound from our table & got to witness the most beautiful sunset while we waited for our food to arrive. I ordered the waterfront style scallops & they were so delicious. We were also served hushpuppies while we waited & you guys I’m not lying when I say they were some of the BEST hushpuppies I’ve ever had ! Im typically not a fan of those things but millers knows how to do a hushpuppy right.

 

Outer Banks Adventures Part 1

Family Vacation Summer 2016 

This Summer my Family & I took a Vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks islands are made up of quaint towns & charming communities, its unlike any beach on the east coast. I couldn’t be more grateful for this trip & the memories we made during that week in June. Spending time with family always fills my soul with so much love & gratitude. I am so happy I get to call them mine. From our lazy beach days, and all of our adventures to gathering around the table for dinner, sharing stories & many many laughs. This is a trip that I will cherish & hold dear to my heart for all of time. It was by far the highlight of my Summer. I live for moments like these . . . .

1st Stop Jockeys Ridge

 Kitty Hawk Kite Festival at Jockey’s Ridge

Before our trip my sister & I had done enough research to know that Jockey’s Ridge was a must see. This place is truly remarkable. If you are ever in the Nags Head area do yourself a favor & go check out Jockey’s Ridge. You will not be disappointed. Just make sure to take water with you if you are visiting in the warmer months. The desert-like temperatures are no joke.

Scientists believe that the barrier islands of the Outer Banks were remains of the last Ice Age, which ended about 12,000 years ago. Thats pretty cool if you ask me. They have also concluded that Jockey’s Ridge itself came into being about 7,000 years ago. The process of how this came about is unclear; however, scientists believe that minerals such as quartz were washed from the mountains of the state to the ocean, creating sand. This sand was pushed onto the beaches of the area by storms & hurricanes & was eventually blown onto the area that is now known as Jockey’s Ridge.

Jockey’s ridge is a 426 -acre state park in Nags Head that includes the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States & contains three unique ecosystems, the roanoke sound, the dune system, & the maritime forest. Jockey’s Ridge is nothing short of AMAZING. I was in awe of all the Natural Beauty it possessed.

On the 1st day we arrived in the outer banks Kitty Hawk Kites was setting up shop on top of the dunes in Jockey’s Ridge to display 30-100 ft kites & offering up free stunt kite lessons for the Annual Rogallo Kite Festival to celebrate Francis Rogallo a NASA scientist & the inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding & his designs have carried over into stunt kites, power kites, and hang gliders that are flown today. The kites were a spectacular site to see flying high above the dunes. Here are some photos I was able to snap of the very impressive & biggest kites I’ve ever seen.img_5388