The moon is a familiar sight in our sky, brightening dark nights and reminding us of space exploration, past and present. But the supermoon — on Monday, Nov. 14 , 2016 will be especially “super” because it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948.
We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034
17th Century Spanish Galleon Replica. During a period longer than three centuries (16th to 18th), Galleons were the boats that took the lead role in the trade and cultural routes named the Indies fl¬eets. These were the longest routes in length and also lasted longer than any other in navigation history.
El Galeon was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. Designed and developed by Ignacio Fernández Vial at the Punta Umbria shipyard (Huelva, Spain), the boat was launched on November 30th, 2009 and then the masts were added at the beginning of 2010. El Galeon has covered more than 48,000 nautical miles between 2010 to 2016 along the world’s largest seas and oceans, visiting ports in four continents and participating in many cultural projects. El Galeon has sailed across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Southern China Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Bosporus Strait and the Caribbean Sea. So far, visitors have been able to step on her decks in almost hundred ports all over the world.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse, (pronounced “Body”) is located just south of the town of Nags Head and Whalebone Junction, where Highway 158, Highway 64, and NC Highway 12 intersect. Visitors travelling towards Hatteras Island can’t help but notice the black and white horizontal striped structure, peaking out over a line of dense cedar trees on the soundside.
After roaming theses NC beaches for years, I finally came face to face with it’s ponies.
For more than 400 years, the most enduring – and endearing – residents of the Outer Banks, the Banker ponies, have called this sliver of land between sound and sea home. They’re Spanish mustangs descended from a herd brought here by explorers as early as the 1520s, and are recognized as the state horse of North Carolina. How they got here is a bit of a mystery. It’s said that some swam ashore from shipwrecks while others were castoffs of failed settlements, left to flourish on these untouched barrier islands for hundreds of years.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) has managed and protected the herd and its habitat since 1989. From its office near the Currituck Lighthouse in Old Corolla Village, the CWHF offers children’s programs on the Banker ponies, as well as an interactive museum and store.
Jason Frye is the author of two North Carolina guidebooks and lives and writes in Wilmington.