Ron and I just got back from spending a week in Corolla, North Carolina with our friends. Corolla is located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina between Whale Head Beach and Currituck Sound. We had been wanting to visit the area for some time now so when our friends asked us if we wanted to rent a house with them, we jumped on the opportunity to not only see them but to visit a place that people have been telling us to visit! We were a little worried at first about our trip considering Hurricane Hermine was ripping up the east coast and we didn’t know what we were in store for. Luckily, we didn’t hit bad weather on our drive up until we reached the bridge that took us to the Outer Banks. Our friends were coming from NJ and unfortunately they had bad weather most of their trip down.
Our house was situated about a mile from the beach (which we walked to almost every morning) and a few blocks from Currituck Sound. We visited the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and went on a Wild Horse Adventure Tour that was really interesting! They take you on a ride in a Hummer and drive you to a part of the beach where the horses run wild. During the trip our tour guide Jake (not Jake from State Farm), gave us history on these magnificent creatures. The only way to get to the area where they roam is with a vehicle with 4 wheel drive OR to take one of these tours. So basically when the main road (NC12) built up the horses had no where to go so they were given protective status and relocated north of Corolla where they would be safe and where they live now. They spend most of their time walking the beach and through neighborhoods in packs of multiple females and usually one stallion. If you’d like to learn more about these horses you can check out North Carolina’s Wild Horses. It was definitely nature at it’s best! The tour lasted about 2 hours and I highly recommend doing the tour instead of trekking out there on your own. You will definitely get more out of the experience since the guide gives you a history of how they got there and how they plan on keeping them there.
The rest of our time consisted of fishing, crabbing, eating, drinking, relaxing and SHOPPING! Some of you may know, I am NOT a shopper by any means but when every store you go to has 50% off , I SHOP! We mostly shopped at a place called Timbuck II which also had restaurants and go-carts.
All in all, I think Corolla is a wonderful area with lots to do. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will probably visit again some day in the future!
Till next time…