Let’s Do Some Living After We Die

The title line is taken from the song “Wild Horses” (not sure who it is written by, but I have versions by the Rolling Stones, Old & in the Way, and Jim Merrell). The wild horses theme of this post refers to a recent trip to Corolla, North Carolina, a small town on the northern end of the Outer Banks. Corolla is mainly a vacation town, but many of the year-round residents live in an area only accessible by driving a 4×4 vehicle on the beach. It is also home to more than 100 wild Spanish mustangs. Elizabeth, her sister Brittany, our friend Joe, and I made the hour-and-a-half trip early on Saturday morning after dragging ourselves out of bed at 5 a.m. with the intent of making it to Corolla in time for the sunrise.

We didn’t make it on time for the sunrise, but there wasn’t much of one anyway since it
was pretty cloudy. About twenty minutes after sunrise, however, the sun peeked through for a couple minutes to give us quite a show. We happened to be right next to the washed-up buoy when the sun made its appearance.With the sun checked off our list of things to do, we went exploring. With the houses built right on the dunes, and the “roads” made of sand, four-wheeling/off-roading was a must in Joe’s F-250. While exploring the beach, we saw dolphins in the water (no pictures), and encountered three different groups of wild horses.There were also some pretty cool areas we found while driving around (and almost getting stuck a couple of times). One of these areas was a giant, barren sand dune that looked like something out of a desert – and in mid-July I bet it would feel like the desert, too.It was a phenomenal trip, and we can’t wait to go back. If you are in the Outer Banks area, and have a 4×4 vehicle, I would highly recommend it. There are lots more pictures here, check them out. Just a disclaimer: the pictures don’t do the beauty of the place nearly enough justice. It is truly amazing, and needs to be experienced first-hand.

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