Monday, August 26, 2013
Home From Beaufort, NC
We drove down on Thursday then I did a pastel demonstration at the Artestry Hideaway on Friday afternoon. It was sooooo hot out there on the boardwalk and not many people were about. But it was still a fun experience and I was forced to actually make some art! I didn't get to finish it during that 2 hour session but I'll finish it soon and post it here for you to see.
Before and after the demo, my sisters and I did fun, touristy things and just had a ball. One of the things we did that was the most fun was going on a boat tour out from Beaufort. We got to see much of the area from the water including both Carrot Island and Shackleford Banks (or Island) both of which have wild ponies. While the ponies on Carrot Island are wild and are probably from Shackleford, they were once cared for by relatively modern means. The horses on Shackleford Banks, called "Banker Ponies" or "Bankers", are direct descendant's of Spanish mustangs brought to the New World by Columbus and other Spanish explorers in the 1400's and evidently have the most pure Spanish mustang blood of all the wild mustangs in the U.S.
I did get some photos of the horses both on Carrot Island and Shackleford Banks but we were some distance from them and the photos aren't all that clear.
The photo above was taken from Shackleford Banks and shows a parasailor. The area around Beaufort is full of fun things to do.
My youngest sister acted as our chauffeur and spent a lot of time looking at maps and reading brochures. Because she was doing the driving, we often ended up in places we hadn't planned on going! The last evening in Beaufort, we thought we were going to dinner at a restaurant a few blocks away and ended up at the very end of Harkers Island about 15 miles or so away! We also ended up at a local "greasy spoon" instead of the classy restaurant we had intended to go to! The four hour trip to Beaufort ended up being an over eight hour trip home but we stopped at a farmer's/arts/crafts market, a couple of art galleries and a spice packaging and distributing company along the way!
As I said, it was a fun trip and so nice to be able to spend that time with my sisters!