thursday march 10th was our last day at orange beach and the weather was once again perfect.  we were going to run on the beach but kevin was having issues with his glucose meter so i ran by myself.  there was a pier down the way and i decided to run all the way there.  it was a little farther than i’d intended to run, about three miles in about 38 minutes.  a snail’s pace i know, but fast enough for me.

when i finished kevin was still having issues, so i went back to the beach to watch the waves and the cute little birds.

cute little bird tracks!


i bought this hat online on impulse because it was cheap, uv-protectant, and said it would easily roll up in your suitcase.  it was awfully floppy but it somehow didn’t blow away.

this is the only little lizard i saw.  also very cute.

in the afternoon kevin was ready for some activity and i thought “hmm, i’m kind of exhausted from all that running,” but it was our last day so i didn’t say anything and we headed to the Gulf State Park.  i’d read all about it and it seemed there were many entrances to various trails but we had a heck of a time trying to find one.  we finally ended up at the entrance to the campground where a nice woman there gave us a xeroxed map that showed the directions to a trail she said was good.

and it was!  except of course that i was tired before we even started.  we ended up going for about two hours, a lovely time.  i took the picture for the banner there, in this gorgeous spot with the trees reflecting on the water.

we had initially stopped here because as we neared the area we heard a giant SPLASH and were pretty sure it was an alligator.  we saw the bubbles coming up from the water, but we never did see him.

the trail was paved the entire way, so it’d have been great for bikes.  a lovely end to our time in orange beach.  and the next day…new orleans!

ok then,

mrs. h.