Kitty Hawk Beach, NC
|Tom loading LH Kitty Hawk to visit her namesake|
|Crossing the bridge from Currituck, over Albemarle Sound to Kitty Hawk|
That is where the Pacific and Atlantic differ...one can see the Pacific ocean from a distance because of the coast hills that overlook and lead down to the beach. The Atlantic is just there...you drive right up to it and don't see it from afar. At least that is how it is from the vantage points I have visited in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Our experienced leader was feeling the responsibility of being our guide and her horse felt the pressure as well, so declined to lead up the narrow path up over the dunes. That left my horse trainer Tom Simmons (on a young Morgan mare appropriately named LH Kitty Hawk) to take the lead and crest the dunes to get the horses first look...ever...of the big moving water. Single file, we followed his lead with Cathy Simmons on her young mare LH Bunny Jane, daughter Tori Simmons on mare LH Bonnie Belle, myself on a Haflinger mare, and finally Robin Young on her Tom trained horse, Kansas Bluestem Ranger.
|Haflinger mare and me contemplating the vast Atlantic|
|How pretty is that? Robin in lead, Cathy and Tom on their Morgan horses|
|Simmons family on LH Farm bred Morgan Horses|
I must admit I had some apprehension of what might happen when our horses caught first sight of the big moving water, but nary a horse seemed upset with the new experience. I don't think Kitty Hawk or Bunny had ever been off the farm before.
We stabled the horses overnight at Grandy and went back to Kitty Hawk to Robin's friend Rob's home where he cooked up the fresh seafood that Cathy & Tom bought from a little fish shack nearby. Crab cakes, breaded scallops and huge shrimp slathered in Old Bay and butter. It was my first experience with scallops and I am thoroughly hooked on them...delicious! So tender and delicate. On the next morning, September 11th, we watched a bit of the ceremony on TV remembering how we were together, and what we felt on that fateful day 10 years prior.
We had a great time and Cathy remarked that she could check one more thing off her bucket list. We were all proud of how the horses took all in stride and gave us a great day at the beach...thanks to Tom and Cathy for showing me a great time, and Robin Young for her Kitty Hawk connections.