Our trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a pretty fun filled trip. The one thing I wanted to do was to go see the wild horses that roam the beaches and sand dunes in the Corolla area. The area where the horses roam is often referred to as Carova. It is composed of a few neighborhoods North of NC 12 in Corolla which is accessible only by 4×4 vehicles.
Our first trip to see the wild horses was facilitated by the tour company Wild Horse Adventure Tours. Today I will share some of the pictures from that day and trip with another post coming next week sharing our day spent with our new friends Dianna and JR Keen.
I signed up earlier on line and even found a coupon to use to take $10 off each of our admissions so that was great. The tour group uses open air modified Hummers to take their clients and the 6 of us had great seats towards the back of the vehicle and our guide Mike did a great job of getting us to the beach to see the horses.
The horses are referred to as “Bankers” and are wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs that have a long history dating back to the 1500’s. They are proof of their ability to adapt to living on the beaches and dunes and Maritime forests . Add to that that they are beautiful creatures and this is a trip that I would recommend to anyone who visits this area.
There are a lot of tour groups that can be used to tour the beach and Carova area plus folks with 4 by 4 vehicles can also drive the beach. Permits are needed at some times so make sure to check local information before you go and also make sure to adhere to the rules and regulations such as staying at least 50 feet away from the horses as well as refraining from feeding them. A great source of information is available through the group that protects them and a previous Comments for a Cause recipient – –Corolla Wild Horse Fund.
I ended up with some fairly good pictures despite the fact that I left my camera at home. We were about an hour out of town when I realized it but I decided that whatever I captured on my phone would have to do and I am happy with some of the ones I got even if I couldn’t get close ups like I could have with a better camera. If you want to see some really great pictures just stop on over to These Days of Mine and check out all of Dianna’s pictures. She has amazing photography skills and really has some great shots.
Come back tomorrow to see more pictures that we took when we were on Day Two of our wild horse tour –this one was longer and much better because it was with friends. Thanks for stopping by and remember to Comment for a Cause for The Wounded Warrior Project.