Friday, December 11, 2009

Good Idea or Not, We Went

Thirty-something degrees outside this morning and after a half-hour of discussion, we decided to run to the Outer Banks to visit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Why? Why else—to search for snow geese.

It's a very long drive to the Banks, but, eh, it was Kell's day off. We could spend it sitting around the house listening to talk of health care and Tiger Woods, or sitting in the car driving around the great outdoors. Outdoors won, hands down.

For the record, it was bitterly cold on the Outer Banks today. The wind whipped, soaking through our jeans and stinging what skin we couldn't cover. We spent some time inside Pea Island Visitor Center viewing birds floating around the marshes through spotting scopes, and a little less time standing on the side of the road taking pictures. And yes, we did see snow geese, thanks to one of the park's volunteers. He not only led us to them, he brought his scope and binoculars along so we could get a closer look. We froze, but what a great way to spend the day.

Tundra swans:



And snow geese:


2 comments:

Dan said...

Great shots and thanks for sharing. I agree with you. How many times do we have to hear the dribble that passes as news today? A trip outside will always win.

-- Dan
Outer Banks Revealed

Kimberli said...

Those waterfowl are far better than anything you'll find on television these days, and so is the scenery! Any day on the Banks is a good day.

Thanks for stopping by!