For centuries, people have been coming to the Outer Banks on the coast of North Carolina. The Indians that lived there, the colonists that disappeared, and the pirates that roamed the waters all understood that life on these islands could be brief.
Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Even in the Spring, the beach is still alive with birds, sea creatures, and people. We wanted to see for ourselves what the fuss was all about. Why do so many people flock to these shores every year?
Our visit was just one week. Our plans were to visit the Wild Horse Refuge near Corolla, play a few rounds of golf, and visit the four lighthouses that define the Outer Banks.
We were successful.
Wild horses on the beach
Backcountry Safari Tours provided us with a Wild Horse Safari by Segway that was a blast.
Having some experience with Segways, we were ready to go quickly. Soon we were driving on Highway 12 – on the beach road. Suddenly we came across a small herd of horses on the beach.
These horses are descendants of Spanish mustang ponies left here centuries ago. They live here wild – so you can’t get too close.
We headed to the refuge and unloaded the Segways. Soon we were zooming around the dunes through the refuge.
We saw plenty of hoof prints, but no horses in the refuge.
We did leave the refuge and ride the Segways around the area and did find a few horses grazing alongside the road.
They ignored us.
Contact Backcountry Safari Tours for more information on the Wild Horse Safari trip.
Our other goal, besides playing golf, was to visit all four of the famous lighthouses in the area: Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Island, and Currituck Lighthouse.
We walked each lighthouse except Ocracoke. There are no stairs in that lighthouse any longer.
We really enjoyed North Carolina. For us in the Rocky Mountain West, the sun, sand, and sea were a wonderful change of pace.