23 Jul Turning Heads Linkup – Our Outer Banks Trip Part II
Back from our trip to the Outer Banks. We had a wonderful time! If you want to read about the first part of our trip, please read the post Our Outer Banks Trip Part I, that I published yesterday. Don’t we all need a change in scenery? It was a relaxing trip with great food, the beach, exploring the area and seeing the Wild Horses!
I talked about where we stayed in Wanchese, on my last post, remembering the when we visited years ago. It was a dog friendly bnb and we took the pups. This is the second part of our trip and we do like to explore!
I wouldn’t say we are foodies, but we love good food! I’m in heaven when I get to eat seafood every day. Crab cakes, crab cakes, shrimp and Tile Fish tacos. I never heard of Tilefish, a flaky white fish with substance and melt in your mouth quality. So good!
Coquina Beach was north of Nags Head, about a 30 min drive from our BNB.
I just love natural beaches and because we are without kids, we don’t need much of the neon lights and stores you might find at other beaches. I love the natural, pureness of the sand and surroundings and the beauty of it all. There is plenty to do around Nags Head as well, great restaurants etc.
There were changing stations and places to wash the sand off between your toes. Otherwise, not crowded at all. We walked a bit along the beach and found a spot near the ocean where we could place our dome- Protected by the sun, we sat with our chairs under the space and I finished my book, Then She Was Gone. A bit of a twist and mystery, very good story. We would walk along the beach and my hubby would pick up shiny, smooth shells that were cleansed by the saltwater. He thought one might make a good necklace, only needing a small hole.
We would sit by the water as the waves crashed in and got us and our chairs wet. It was a way to “ease into” the temperature of the water.
I could just sit and watch the waves, boat, people, and water glisten all day.
I’m with my boogie board.. ridin the waves.
A brief outing at Kitty Hawk as we walked one of the dunes. It was just Much Too Hot to continue and hard for me to climb such a hill. Although a neat idea, a cooler day would have been much better.
Aqua- we ate at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant in Duck, as my hubby drove to escape the torrential downpour in Nags Head and where we were staying. It was fate! We had a beautiful view of the sunset, sitting outside and enjoying this amazing restaurant on our Anniversary. We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and stayed dry at the same time, loving the view and company 🙂 I had crab cakes for the second night in a row, ah seafood heaven for me!
Our view for dinner.
The Wild Horse Tour
Before the tour, we wanted to catch a quick bite and we visited Bacchus, a wine bar that made homemade salads and sandwiches. I had a delicious hot sandwich of chicken, pesto, tomato and mozzarella on some tasty bread. It was accompanied by a glass of white Granache.
I was excited to go on this tour, as I wanted to see the Wild Horses out in a natural habitat, and on their own. We went in the evening 6-8 as it was cooler. A woman, Bonnie, going on 70, came out of retirement to get back to doing the tours.
We rode in an open-air modified flatbed truck with 4 rows of padded seats. Let’s just say I didn’t know just How bumpy the ride would be.
People who vacation or live on Corolla beach must air down the tires to drive on the beach and have 4 wheel drive as to not get stuck in the sand. We met groups of people and all bucked in for the ride of the evening.
I imagined we might see a few horses, but we certainly know where to look ourselves. The tour was a must if we were to see the wild horses.
It was well worth the tour, even though, I jumped out of my seat in midair, like the Jackrabbit on Steriods!
( Pittsburghers know- The Jackrabbit was a wooden rollercoaster ride that would lift you out of your seat at the first hill) **
Let’s just say I have a few bum bruises and knots from the trip, but seeing the gorgeous creatures was worth t it. There were white Egrets paired with the horses, that I learned became their cleaning buddies, ridding the horses of flies.
There are appx 100 or so Wild Horses on Corolla and the fact that you could see them in people’s yards, near their beach homes was “wild” to me! Imagine watching the sunrise, with your cup of coffee only to see a horse in your front yard!
The shadow is the modified truck we used to tour the area and see the horses in Corolla.
You know what song came to mind… thank you Mick Jagger! 🙂
If you haven’t read PART 1 of our trip, you can do so HERE.
The ride home wasn’t bad either. We stop in Raliegh at our favorite place called Gulglhuff- a German cafe and bakery. Hubby turned on an 80’s Music station and I sang nearly all the way home…. Until next time!
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