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Posted by on Jan 21, 2009 in Beaches, Event, July, Places To Go, southeast, Trip Ideas | 0 comments

Dances With Ponies: MCRT’s Guide To North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Is this a clever, fitting title to an article about the Outer Banks? Probably not, but if you road trip it to this beautiful area and end up dancing with ponies, let me know. Stranger things have happened- especially when alcohol is involved. On a different note, if you travel to certain parts of the Outer Banks, you do have a good chance of seeing wild ponies. Contrary to what you might think, wild ponies are in fact wild, very temperamental, and, just like other feral animals, can be allusive if they choose to be. If by some strange occurrence they let you get close, any attempts to dance with them will probably result in you receiving bodily injury of some sort. Just a friendly warning from your friends at MCRT.


Something For Everyone

elementalityAnyone from nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, to history buffs will greatly enjoy a trip to the North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This very thin strip of barrier islands attracts thousands and thousands of tourists each year and there are many cool things to do and see all throughout the Outer Banks. The beach is obviously the largest draw, but you can also check out the Wright Brother’s National Monument near Kitty Hawk in Kill Devil Hills or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse just to name a few. Do not forget about our famous, wild friends though. Even if you are not a fan of ponies or animals in general, there is just something fascinating about witnessing these creatures acting without restraint.


Getting Around

Depending on where you are travelling from, getting from one end of the Outer Banks to the other can be a hassle in addition to time consuming. The undeveloped area just north of the town of Corolla is renown for its wild ponies and a great place to see them in action. Fortunately or unfortunately, Corolla is at the northernmost point of the Outer Banks. As normal, a little pre-trip planning will go a long way to ensure your road trip turns out perfect.


Pony Beach

DagvaldOne definite benefit about the Outer Banks is that in many areas you can legally drive on the beach if you have the proper vehicle and permit. Thus said, if you are lucky enough to have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can cruise onto the beach and go pony exploring at the same time. If not, several outfitters in the Corolla area rent vehicles and provide you with the necessary equipment, knowledge, et cetera. Just being able to drive on the beach is fun in itself, but when you finally get sight of that pack of ponies galloping down the beach in front of you, a feeling of awe will be added to your already happy demeanor. Do not be fooled, however, by their appearance. These ponies can be anything from shy to aggressive and they are completely undomesticated, so maintain a safe distance- unless you want to dance!

You have just viewed a true spectacle of nature and experienced something only a small percentage of people have witnessed. These untamed creatures have been a staple of certain areas of the Mid-Atlantic United States since the days of the early explorers and settlers. What better way to learn about history than to have it dash madly in front of you! Therefore, fellow travelers, when you arrange your road trip to the Outer Banks, be sure to include the ponies in your plans. You never know what kind of mood they will be in, but they might like you just enough to dance.

By: Gordon Alford

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