Tuesday, May 12, 2009

OBX ...

Ok, the last post was written lying down at Oregon Inlet, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It was a windy, clear, beautiful night with a full moon that lit up the entire landscape with its familiar yet eerie milky white glow. As excited as I was just to be there, I was very tired.

Sleeping wasn't great, but when we woke we did feel rested.

We went down to New Inlet in the morning to do some canoeing. It was the suggestion of the Park Ranger and it was an excellent suggestion. While there was some wind, it was not too bad. The water was shallow and at its deepest it was about 3ft. We saw some skate rays while we were paddling about. We found a small island where we could beach the canoe and walk about for a bit. The very astute Chris found some of these little guys. What a strange little creature...looked like a small bunch of seaweed, only with some well blended legs and it was moving.

A skate swam in between Chris and I while we were walking around too. On the way back to the ramp we went by an Osprey nest. It looked like there were two adults and some smaller chicks. We didn't get too close.

When we got back to the truck, it looked like someone had purposely killed a small water snake. It wasn't poisonous and only its head had been smashed. Snakes are an important part of our environment, even poisonous ones, and killing for the sake of fear angers me. Unless a snake is startled, cornered, or attacked it is almost always going to flee the presence of a human. There is no real need to kill them.

Overall we had a fantastic weekend. We headed back home to a Mother's day dinner with Chris's sister and her mom. Glucklich Muttertag (Chris's mom is German).

The horse pictures aren't the greatest as they were taken with my phone....



  1. I never did see the wild horses while I lived there.. always wish I could have. I love that they are still there! I agree with killing the snakes for no reason, or only out of fear. People don't realize how important everything is in our world. The pics are great! Hope all is well with you!

  2. Maggie,
    Things are well. Miss playing softball and volleyball with you though! I've seen the horses as far north as Sandbridge, and usually see them every time I go to Corolla. We saw 4-5 small herds this last time...the most I've ever seen.

  3. I've never seen these horses "in person." Good for you! The most I've seen are their droppings at Sandbridge! (Hardly worth photographing!)


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