Mississippi Day Six: Another Change Of Plans Leads Me to A Hike In The Muddy Creek Wetlands In Alabama
After my morning visit to the Lake Mars pier I returned to my hotel and was planning on driving to Mobile Alabama to visit the Botanical Gardens there. I chose a hotel near the Botanical Gardens so I could visit on Monday afternoon and again Tuesday morning before my flight back home. I checked out their website for directions and learned that the gardens were closed until Wednesday. Once again my plans went astray on this trip. Well I quickly looked for an alternative destination and learned of the Muddy Creek Wetlands Management Area. It was on my way to Mobile so this is where I headed after breakfast and checking of my hotel in Pascagoula.
It was around noon when I arrived at Muddy Creek Wetlands. The wetlands preserve is an Alabama State Port Authority project to preserve the wetlands around the Muddy Creek. Unfortunately just as I was arriving a strong westerly winds blew in some dark clouds. There was rain in the forecast but my Weather App advised that I had about an hour until the rain started. So I began my hike on the trail at a very brisk pace.
The wind picked up and I could feel the rain in the air. I kept up my quick pace. I did see some birds, ruby-crowned kinglets, and heard other but I have time to stop and wait to try and photograph them. The trail next took me to a beaver impoundment area
I finished up my 2.4 mile hike before the rains arrived. Although I didn’t see much wildlife I learned a lot about the local woodlands. I am sure if it were earlier in the day, and I had more time I would have seen more wildlife on trail. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my visit to the Muddy Creek Wetlands. Mississippi Day Six Muddy Creek Wetlands December 6 2021
It was around 1;30 when I got back to my car. It was a 1/2 hour drive to my hotel, the Holiday Inn Express near the University of South Alabama. I checked in and drove my KIA, which I came to like to the airport. I had an interesting ride back to the airport with a wonderful taxi driver. It was raining now and, after walking to a highly recommended restaurant Via Emilia in the pouring rain, I was disappointed to find there were no tables open all evening. I was lucky to find another great restaurant, Chef Sake. I had a delicious bowl of miso soup ,
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca