I found solitude in Galveston. As the sun was coming up, I headed to the western part of the island seeking the refuge of Galveston Island State Park.
I wanted to log a couple of easy miles in the marshland. On a very windy, but beautiful morning, I found solitude on the trails. It was just the birds and me.
Hiking-wise the trails are ultra easy. There are a couple of muddy spots but basically, it was easy to navigate this area where freshwater meets saltwater.
The marshes are especially enticing to birds. I did see a sign there are alligators in the park, but I didn’t see any.
It was just a short walk to my first overlook on the Clapper Rail Loop. From up top, to match the expansive wetlands was an equally impressive early morning sky.
From there I walk my first boardwalk. With the wind whipping, it may it a little more adventurous crossing the water.
As I meandered my way along the trails, I delighted in every sighting of birds. I’m not a birder but in a place like this with so many different species, it’s intriguing to see what flies by next. I saw pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, herons, egrets, and some funny little black and white birds with pink legs that look more like stilts instead of legs.
I did see a few folks fishing and camping in the park, but there wasn’t a soul on the trails with me. I got lucky and enjoyed the solitude of Galveston Island State Park.
Here’s some of the sights and sounds of my hike. Next time I want to go on one of their paddling trails!
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