It was a gorgeous day on the Mississippi Coast this past Sunday, January 12, 2014 so my husband and I took advantage of the mild weather and visited the Davis Bayou area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
There are only a few trails– all easy– so we hit all of them. We started our leisurely hike at the visitor center parking area and walked along the very pretty Davis Bayou Trail, made the detour onto the CCC Trail and overlook, then continued on to the picnic area and restrooms for a short break. On our way back, we stopped at the little bayou overlook to take a look at the resident gator— that’s right, there are American Alligators in the area and we have seen at least one every time we have been to Davis Bayou! This time, we got to see the gator sunning itself, several turtles (diamondback terrapins), a snowy egret, and an osprey.
Unfortunately, we also saw at least 10 plastic drink bottles and what looked like an old fire estinguisher floating alongside the turtles, alligator, and egret. It is disgusting and disappointing to me that people would carelessly throw their trash into such a beautiful environment (or anywhere besides a trash can). I recently posted about the seven “Leave No Trace” principles and you can brush up on them HERE.
The short Nature Trail loop was our last detour before returning to the car via the main trail. We were happy that at least all of the trails were completely litter-free!
Now, even though we sauntered less than 3 miles, it was well after lunch and we hadn’t eaten, so we simply had to stop on the way home for refreshments at the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi. Cold locally brewed beer and sandwiches were the perfect end to a very relaxing day!
Originally posted on January 16, 2014 by Ginger.