I left my campground at Salisbury Beach this morning and drove to the other side of the Merrimac River to Plum Island, where there is a wildlife refuge. My next campsite is only 60 miles away, so I had most of an afternoon to enjoy myself. Tight entrance, however. I am always afraid of scraping something, so I went through extremely slowly, using my mirrors.
The refuge consists of a marsh area and the beach across the roadway. I found out that they actually constructed part of the marsh by digging out some ponds and putting dikes up to retain water in other areas.
I had a choice of a marsh walk or a dunes walk, and ended up taking the dunes walk. (Too tired afterwards for the marsh walk, but I did climb up the observation tower.) This is part of the dunes walk. Nice to have a boardwalk and a place to sit every once in a while.
The ocean! Frankly, this reminds me a bit of the Port Crescent State Park dunes where I played as a child.
Back to the marsh and the observation tower.
Considering how close it is getting to Thanksgiving, these chunky birds will need to be careful!
Drove down a couple of miles to the beach parking lot.
It was slightly cool today, but still shorts and t-shirt weather for me. Lovely ocean breeze, as well. It is days like this that make all the struggles of driving a big rig and managing its systems worth while. So nice to not have to be in an office or sitting in my old condo on a day like this!!
I had a fun time chatting with some ladies and a man on the boardwalk benches that overlooked the beach. No desire to go down and walk in the sand since I did that a couple of days ago--just enjoyed the day and the conversation. (And they did NOT say "All by yourself!" when they heard I was traveling alone. I really hate that. As if I need permission or a chaparone to travel with me.)
I did not get a good picture of this little house, but doesn't it remind you a little of the Weasley's house in the Harry Potter movies?