Wild Ponies

We had a few days off – ok I had a lot of days off and Chad had a week. Staying at home wasn’t an option since that never ends quite as well as it should (too much together time and too many chores). One of the members of my think tank suggested we go see the wild ponies at the Outer Banks. See the ponies, drive a jeep on the beach. Sounds good to me!

I was a little anxious at first after hearing how NOT to get your jeep stuck in the sand. I really, really did not want to be that guy. The one buried in the sand up to the axle (and believe me…we saw plenty of those guys out there.) But after we crossed our first dune,  which was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, I felt pretty confident that I was not going to get stuck.

It took us a little while to find the ponies. They are wild and they do go wherever they darn well please. Plus it was hot, blazing hot. Which meant they were most likely seeking shade. I was delighted thrilled spastic with glee when we ran across our first band just hanging out and grazing. We saw one hugely pregnant mare. She didn’t move at all.

After hanging out and taking pictures for a bit (you have to stay 50 feet back from the horses) we headed out and continued our search. You might think finding something as large as a horse would not be difficult. You would be surprised. If they don’t want to be bothered, they can make themselves pretty well invisible (trust me, I speak from experience).

And speaking of Villain, I always say I’d love to have him in my back yard. Well, after running across these guys I may have changed my mind.

This band of horses also happened to have a burro in it. No one knows where that fellow came from or how long he’s been around. But there he is. Go figure.

Enough with the narrative. It was loads of fun. We had a grand time and I would totally go back again.

(also we did some other stuff on our way home and I just threw those galleries in here. Richmond, VA for a cache and then Bluestone & Pipestem state parks)

chris on July 19th 2010 in Travel

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