Friday, June 27, 2014

Number 43: Sea Rim State Park

Sea Rim State Park in Sabine Pass has quite the story to tell.  After taking hits from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008, most of the park's facilities were destroyed (including the bathrooms and visitor's center).  Though improvements have been made, there is a long road still ahead.

One problem with the park unrelated to the hurricanes is the large amount of seaweed that washes up on shore.  It stretches the entire length of the beach making it difficult to reach the water.

And it's not just seaweed that litters the beach: milk jugs, bottles, umbrellas, chairs, and the list goes on.

That said, we weren't there for a dip in the Gulf.

Brown Pelicans
Unfortunately, this was a spur of the moment, unplanned trip and I had to resort to iPhone photos having left my camera at home or my photos of the Brown Pelicans would be amazing!  They are gorgeous birds.

Great Egret
We had the place to ourselves.  Though new picnic tables, grills, and roads had been added to the park, nobody was using them.

We left the beach to walk a 3/4 mile boardwalk trail over the marsh.

It didn't seem to be well maintained with many boards warped and cracked and grass growing up through it.

We did see lots of crabs and fish on our walk.

And a Green Heron was a nice treat as it hopped along in front of us on the boardwalk hunting for lunch.

We didn't see any alligators, though I'm sure they were there, but we did see lots of birds:  stilts, kites, ducks, sandpipers, bittern, and grebe.  Many of these I could now name thanks to the education Breck and I received from the rangers at Estero Llano Grande State Park.

Much of the park was disappointing, and I dare say we will not make the long drive to visit again.  That said, it has faced harsh challenges and is fighting it's way back.  Hopefully it can become a place people want to flock to in the future.