We weren’t quite sure how well we’d feel on Sunday after our twenty-one and a half mile bike ride on Saturday. We woke up feeling great. It was a lovely day, so we headed out to Grand View Nature Reserve for a six mile beach walk.
These are the lighthouse ruins. I always enjoy learning a bit of history on our outings.
Isn’t this a beautiful shot of a sponge? By the way, Dirt Man was the photographer on this journey. His camera takes much better pictures than mine. And his skills are way better.
It appears that the ocean has come farther inland and taken out much of the marshland. You can see the erosion clearly in this picture. Some of the shoreline is more sandy and others more like this. They have built more dunes and jetties trying to protect the beach area. I heard one man ask someone why you weren’t allowed on the dunes except through access areas. Someone explained that the dunes are protecting the beach area. He seemed quite bent and didn’t understand how “one” person walking through would be a disturbance. Well, duh! If it’s allowed, then it won’t be just one person walking through!
This Lousiana Blue Heron did not seem to be disturbed by us. In fact, we got almost right up on him before he flew away.
Part of the dunes were flowered with goldenrod. The butterflies were abundant in that area.
There are many Cypress stumps and roots in the water where the water is now covering what was once marsh area. This one is embedded with barnacles and has a rope snagged on it. The rope could have been attached to a crabpot or been used as an anchor.
Wylie was thrilled to be on the beach with us. She romped and played with some other dogs. She loved roaming in and out of the water, and even chased a few things into the water and swam. She really had a good time…except when she got into some sand burs which got in between her paw pads. It was probably as painful for us to remove them as it was for her to have them there.
This wildlife preserve is actually a small island. It is a six mile walk to go from the trail through the marsh and circle the peninsula. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze. It was not strenuous. It was a peaceful and enjoyable hike. I must say it was quite a difference from my stressful bike ride the day before. I also must note that ride was only stressful because of sheer exhaustion. This walk was again one of those times that I felt a connection to what is so much larger than myself and unexplainable, except that I am included in the grand design of life.