As we drove over the bridge, I could see why they built it. What used to be marsh is mostly open water now. This process has been happening for a long time, but it was sad to see how much marsh was gone.
It was a really nice area. I walked up to the observation deck and took a few photos. Sarah had already been up there and was off exploring the fishing pier. Kate and I went to the fishing pier. We met Sarah coming back from the pier and headed to the beach. The pier was nice. There were less than half a dozen people fishing. We saw one person reel in a fish, but it was too small to keep.
After lunch, we went back to the State Park. There was a nature trail around the lagoon, so Sarah and I walked the trail. There were a couple of spots where there was a water over the trail. We were able to go along the edge to stay out of the water most of the time. At one point, we came across an area that had so much water we had to take off our shoes and wade through it. The water was shallow so we were able to see where we were walking.
Along the way we saw some birds and some very pretty flowers. Because it was inland, the breeze we experienced on the beach was blocked. With the sun on us, it started getting very hot. When the trail crossed the road, we decided to take the road back to the car. At that point, it was mid afternoon and I knew Sarah wanted to go to the pool at the hotel, so we headed back.
It was getting dark when we walked back to the hotel. The alligator had moved along somewhere else.