Just up Ocean Highway from Pawleys Island and its beaches, in Murrels Inlet we have another wild and wonderful place to walk and bike, Huntington Beach State Park. It's a nice bargain for seniors, half the normal price for the year for our car and whoever we want to bring along. And that includes acres of beach, nature programs, hiking and biking trails, and tours of Atalaya, the home of the couple who gave the park lands to the state in 1960.
The road into the park passes through a freshwater marsh lined with wood storks in the trees with many more fishing in the water. On either side are trails and observation platforms occupied by birders laden with their big scopes and camera lenses.
Something caught my eye along the path at the edge of the marsh, a "log" that was moving in the water.
Just don't get too close to the "log"!
You can see another young gator behind and to the right.
This beautiful cedar was on the path to the beach.
I wonder how many storms it has stood through and survived through the years.
I thought I would give you a break from beach pictures so we will just stop here in the parking lot.