6.02.2009

Sugar Sands & The Mustang Store

Get your cookies and milk 'cause it's a long post folks. :) Our beach trip was FABULOUS...perfect weather, food and company. This time we stayed at the northern most section of the Outer Banks. It is absolutely beautiful...so pristine with a polished landscape, large gorgeous rental homes that range from more than enough to the extraordinary, long stretches of undisturbed white sand beaches, wild horses running free and night skies blanketed with zillions of visible stars . With only two hotels in the area, most of Corolla's visitors (up to 50,000 people a week in the summertime) stay in rental homes. Our temporary home (a friend's beach house) was just perfect in every way. Here is a photo of our view. From these windows everyday we saw the dolphins playing and swimming just beyond the breakers.



I wish I could report to you that I took advantage of the homeowner's exercise room and kept up my routine of running, exercising and swimming.....NOT....here's what I did most of the time! :)



My friend and I roamed up and down the beach everyday at low tide searching for pretty shells......Us shell seeking ladies found lots of gorgeous black shells and purple shells. I sent the purple ones to Ms. Boo, 'cause purple is her favorite color. I think a purple mermaid with green hair left those shells for me to find, at least that is what I told my grand-daughter. :) CS is going to use hers in some stepping stones and wind chimes. (Hope she makes me one for Christmas...hint, hint.) A lonnnnnnnng time ago my Daddy taught me to surf cast. And I remember many wonderful times sitting in a low beach chair, surf side, with our poles stuck in a rod holder, as we chatted the night away. My casting skills were a little rusty but eventually I came around; unfortunately the fish weren't biting.







The new homes in the area we stayed in are required to have sand dunes between them and the ocean to try and prevent erosion because of the nature of the bad storms that frequent the Outer Banks. The photos below show the long wooden walkways leading to the beach. Our walkway led to nowhere. Because recent storms had shifted the sand and totally covered up the end of the walkway and the little sitting area.






As recently as the 1970’s, there were no paved roads leading into Corolla, also known as North Beach, and it was little more than an isolated natural haven. Our beach house was located at the very tip of the paved road. Just a block or so away, you headed off the road to travel on the beach. There are some houses on this stretch of beach and I was amazed to see them so close to the ocean. No way would I want to be there when a hurricane or even a bad storm blew in. But most of the beach houses were way behind the dune line. Even with a 4 wheel drive people get stuck in the sand and a tow truck always sits at the entrance to the beach drive to pull vehicles out (and to make lots of money). It looks so funny to see a caravan of cars driving down the beach. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon, which is house rental check-in time, that is exactly what you see. Driving on the beach is a unique experience and a ton of fun. In fact, that was the main reason we bought our first 4-wheel drive years ago, so we could drive on the beach and have cool rod holders on the front of the car. (grin)




Beyond the paved road and into the wilder realms, you'll likely encounter some of the free-roaming wild horses. There are about 90 horses freely roaming the 12,000 acres between the end of the paved road and the Virginia state line. Their roaming area used to be larger but because people tried to feed them, a few were mean to them or unfortunately, had accidents with careless drivers, sound to sea barriers have been put up (thank goodness). The horses are a beautiful sight to see as they travel down the beach and in the surf. They are quite healthy as they feed on saltmeadow hay, witch grasses, threesquare, needlerush and common reed grasses. They also have a naturally occurring water supply. They are descendants of Spanish mustangs brought to the North Carolina coastline in the 1600's. These gorgeous creatures are now protected by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. The wild horses of the Currituck Outer Banks have survived nearly 500 years of fierce Nor’easters and hurricanes. They are truly representative of the Outer Banks spirit – untamed and rugged – and are an integral part of what draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the northern beaches every year. Nowhere else can you see wild Mustangs walking along the beach and grazing among beach homes. I hope, if you have time, you will look at this short compelling You-tube piece on these gorgeous animals called Voice of the Horses.








We visited the wild horse museum, which in itself is a very sweet historical building. It is the tiny old fishing village of Corolla, in the old one room school house. The visiting museum children have made all these sweet wooden horses and horse statues have been erected by various people in the shopping areas.






After visiting the mustang store and some shopping on the way home, you know I just had to do a little antique and vintage treasure hunting. How could I resist this charming vintage oil painting beach scene? If I had a beach house it would be painted in cool aquas, white, and blues and old paintings like this one would be hanging everywhere. But, since I don't (boohoo...maybe some day) the painting goes in The Vintage Nest. I will leave you now with my new hair style (beach hair....haha....ugh!) and dreams of returning soon to my fave place in the whole wide world.







47 comments :

shirley said...

Lynn, what a beautiful way to spend time of your life. Every picture that you posted showed how much you enjoyed your time and every day you had here on earth to enjoy. Thanks for sharing with us. Just beautiful, Shirley

Jenny S said...

I LOVE COROLLA!!! It is such a beautiful area. I usually stay we Duck, but have traveled the whole Outer Banks area!! Very fun post!

caren said...

How beautiful and looks like so much fun....I'm a little jealous! LOL

Terri said...

Oh that looks like such a good time! Lucky you!

Calming Scents said...

Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful photos. I wont see many things because I wont fly...so this way I can see what is out there! It looks so beautiful, resting, peaceful and soothing. A vacation we all need to have at times.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

This is so much fun! And what a vacation to spend with - in the beach :-)

That painting is a wonderful find. Well no beach house just yet but you'll have that paintinng for inspiration :-)

Li

Sandi McBride said...

Now that's a vacation I could love...wonderful!
Sandi

The Pampered World said...

What an awesome place. I'm putting this down on my places to visit now. I would love to see it one day.

Gypsy Mermaid said...

omg I love that butterfly horse!!! looks like you had a blast! come check out my new majestic sea swap! big mermaid hugs

toodles-
sarah

trash talk said...

I'd be pea green with envy if I wasn't feeling so calm after reading this post. Just beautiful!
Debbie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post, Lynn! When we visited Colonial Williamsburg, we figured a way to get off I-95 and travel the length of the Outer Banks, on our way to Charleston, the second part of our vacation. Loved it and would love to return and do that drive again!

The Muse said...

If I am unable to go on vacation this year, Ms Lynn, I shall find myself here at this post... lingering and dreaming of what could have been!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh Lynn, your post made my heart go pitter, patter. I LOVE the Outer Banks and go there every summer or fall. Your pictures made me feel like I was almost there. I know exactly where you were. the music playing in the background just gave me the most peaceful feeling.

We love to walk on the beach after dark (anytime actually) and watch the fisherman casting at night. We usually stop and have a conversation with them to see if they are catching anything.

Just lovely. Thanks for this post. We are planning a trip perhaps late July.

Donna

Piney Rose said...

Oh what a wonderful time you must have had, Lynn. I'll bet you are rested and refreshed!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Lynn,
What a magnificent vacation. How could you have left...it looks perfectly magical. Your photographs are wonderful and the beach looks lovely. I bet you are so rested after this beautiful retreat.

Karen

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Lynn, that video was so moving. It was beautiful! Your photos are fabulous. I knew I was going to leave here jealous again! You look like an expert with the fishing rod! So glad you had a wonderful trip. laurie

Aspiemom said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog and, especially, getting to see your visit to the Outer Banks. Your pictures show the beauty of the place. We were engaged there 23 yrs ago and I haven't been there for many years.

Glad you had a relaxing time!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! This is a fabulous post and I wouldn't mind to spend sometime on that beach! And the video is amazing!!

Want to see Trakai? Blogtrotter has it… Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What gorgeous photos of the Outer Banks. The horses are majestic and the scenery is amazing!

Lisa said...

I am so glad you had a joyful relaxing break! Thank you for sharing these unique views that I don't get to enjoy here in the desert. Now wild horses girl, we do have an abundance here and nothing is more breathtaking than to see them. Anyway, welcome back you were missed!

graciegirl said...

Sandy beaches,warmth,good friend, and horses running about...one couldnt ask for much more.Lovely post.

aforestfrolic said...

Oh what a lovely time...Corolla is wonderful! I used to go there as a child and remember the wild horses just being so enchanting! How funny, I have those chairs and footstools in the 4th picture from Pottery barn in my sunroom, tee hee. So glad you got lots of relaxing in too. I found you through Vanessa's wonderful blog and can't wait to see what you come up with for the par-tay!

Jamie :)

vicki archer said...

Corolla looks like heaven on earth - I can see why you had the most wonderful and relaxing time - thank you for the fabulous photographs, xv

Sandy said...

Just lovely, Lynn!

Margie said...

Lynn, Thank you for posting this piece of heaven on earth, your photos are fantastic and I can see that you relished every moment of your time there and you do look so happy (even with your beach hair) to have the memories of your father, the mermaid, the dolphins, horses, the wine, pretty toenails and your friend with you. hugs Margie.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

What a wonderful video and delightful post. I am so inspired, I am going to google "vacation outer banks". Glad you had a wonderful time and shared it with "vacation deprived" bloggers. LOL!!

Ruth Welter said...

Lynn, awesome photos...your beach trip looks fabulous. I enjoyed the beachy tour.

Ruth

Dana and Daisy said...

I've been thinking of trading in my cabin for a beach house. The only problem, there isn't an ocean for miles around here! Dare to dream though. Your post makes me want one all the more!

Whim & Fancy Designs said...

Lynn!
I was thinking about you ! I'm glad I stopped by~WOW! That's just beautiful....one day I hope to experience Corolla! What serenity!
Bravo and hope all is well with you!
Ann-Denise

BellaColle' said...

oooh!! Thanks so much for sharing your vacation with us!! Yay!
Xo~Christine

Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Lynn - I enjoyed your photos of the beach trip. Makes me want to go!

Y'all be sweet now, you hear??

Christine said...

Breathtaking

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Came back to enjoy the beach; hopefully the weather will improve here by the end of the week... ;)

Meanwhile Blogtrotter (not me, I’m stuck here ;)) is profiting from the holidays in Lisbon this week and has a tour of Lake Galve, one of the beautiful lakes near Trakai, to show you! Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Susana de Argentina said...

Lynn, thanks to share those so pretty moments and to show so beautiful place! Perhaps I cannot know them personally, but thanks to you I can enjoy it! always... sorry my English!
little kisses from Argentina!

Susana de Argentina said...

ja! ja! thank so much Lynn!!!
lots of hugs! and may be, "we are" in your beach in the future!! Ji! Ji!!

Jennifer said...

Lynn, What an absolutely gorgeous place to spend your vacation! I know that you enjoyed it so much. Thank you for sharing it all with us!

Jennifer

ps--How is the search for a playhouse for a chicken coop going? I can't wait to see what you come up with! ~J

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Like your new hair style!!

Blogtrotter has a nice lunch location for you. Enjoy and have a great weekend! I’m having the benefit of the holidays in Portugal this week... ;))

Beverly said...

Lynn, I felt myself relax by just reading your post. This is such a beautiful and special place.

Thank you for sharing. I'll close my eyes and pretend I hear the sound of the surf and feel the breeze on my face.

Margaret Cloud said...

It looks like lands end, it is a wonder you could come back from a beautiful place like that. I enjoyed your post and thank you for sharing your trip. Hope you have a nice week end.

Marina Capano said...

Hi nice place!!this place is so equal to the Caril√≥´s beaches in Buenos Aires Argentina!!!you can see here http://www.carilo.com/links/galeria_fotos/galeria.asp
xoxo

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lynn ~ What a beautiful post ~ It looks like you had a wonderful and oh so relaxing time ~ there is nothing like the seashore ~
hugs,
Lori

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for coming by for a visit. Oye, the heat and humidity is getting way up there as we prepare for the rainy season!! Soon every thing will be lush and green!! it's truly amazing how with 2 rains the dry forests come to life!! Beautiful trailing vines full of beautiful flowers!!

The pictures of your vacation are amazing and I can see why you had such a wonderful time!! :) You will have to come shell and Mermaid tears hunting on our beaches for your next vacation!!! The guest room is always waiting for guests :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

Beach House Dreamer said...

I would love to visit the outer banks. Have seen it in movies. One day, I'm sure, it will happen. And your on my blogroll too. Thanks so much!

bettyl said...

Wow! I can't imagine a more peacefully exciting time! Thanks for sharing it with us! I have heard about the horses but never got over that way to see them. Lucky you!

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Hoo ha! We go to the Outer Banks every fall! But we always go south of the national seashore, much slower and laid back and less populated.

We've always stayed in Buxton in a motel on the beach, but this year we've rented a fab ultra contemporary beach house in Waves, very private, can't WAIT!

That's part of the inspiration for the diet -- don't want to gag anyone we might run into on the beach - ha ha! But that time of year (mid-September), we nearly always have the beach, wherever we go, to ourselves! We love that.

Loved your photos, can't wait to go!

Susie Q said...

What a wonderfully wonderful trip! It is such a perfect spot in the world to be...I know you had fun. Loved seeing the photos of it all...and if my toosies and legs looked as good as yours, I would have taken lots of pictures of 'em! : ) Relaxing with the glass of wine and a book is never wrong!

Love,
Sue

Anonymous said...

what a lovely place and what a imagination for a child who loves horses and never had one. what a wonderland. terry who cant ride anymore.

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