Looking for a Wondrous Boardwalk across a Wetland and a Beautiful Beach? You Need Sea Rim State Park.
I know from experience never to head to the beach when it’s hot. Warm water is anything but energizing and having sand anywhere on my skin is akin to being smeared in jelly. The beach is only enjoyable when the air is fresh and we have it all to ourselves.
It was January, just a few weeks after Christmas, and the time had come to head for the coast. The temperature was in the mid 60s (upper teens in Celsius) and I was looking forward to collecting beautiful images featuring a bright blue sky.
Our destination was Sea Rim State Park, not far from the Louisiana state border. To get there, we drove east on I-10 and then exited onto State Highway 73. The landscape here is desolate and stark yet unexpectedly impressive in its emptiness. At length we arrived in Port Arthur where we turned south and soon found ourselves fascinated by the oil refineries that surrounded us on all sides. Once the refineries were behind us, we realized we were entering a prime fishing area, judging by the many people throwing their lines out just a few feet off the side of the road. I’m not sure this is the water I would choose to have my meals swimming around in. Hopefully, it’s mainly catch and release.
As we neared Sea Rim, it was becoming increasingly clear that I was going to be stuck with a serious fog problem. My vision of blue skies would have to be changed to a mystical winter scene. A little disappointing, but taking what you’re dealt and turning it into a positive has always been my chosen approach to life. Of course, attempting to photograph a fog so heavy that you can’t distinguish any landscape feature other than the sand right in front of your feat, turned out to be just a little tricky. I managed to get some beach photos that I think I can rightfully call unique. As there literally wasn’t much to see on the beach, we thought we would at least go over to the wetland boardwalk that is Sea Rim’s most distinguishing feature.
What an amazing place! Nowhere else along the Texas coast have I come across an experience like the one Sea Rim treats you to. As we started out across the water, the fog began retreating a little, so that we could see the boardwalk stretch out ahead of us before disappearing in the mist. The sounds within our little bubble of visibility were strange. What we initially thought was the sound of rushing water turned out to be the sound of the wind through the tall reeds. We searched the water right next to us for the ducks we kept hearing, only to realize that they were far out on the water. It was like we had discovered a world apart.
As we walked further out, the fog continued to dissipate and suddenly a brilliant blue sky appeared ahead while the world behind us remained muted. We continued to enjoy our experience as we completed the circular 3/4 mile walk and returned to the alligator we encountered at the start of our walk. It was still lying on a patch of grass next to the boardwalk and didn’t seem at all concerned about our presence.
Before getting back on the road, I had to return to the beach. What had started out as an experience that was less than I had hoped for was now offering me two for the price of one. We were all a bit chilled by the moisture that had settled on us and so I headed off to the beach alone and enjoyed a view that was everything I had hoped for when we set out that morning.