Grand Isle State Park is located on the eastern end of the only inhabited barrier island in Louisiana. Its 150 acres are home to nearly 300 species of fish. The majority of the park is saltwater marsh that are full of wildlife, including this Great Blue Heron that took off upon hearing us approach. This is the largest North American heron, standing over four feet tall with a six foot wingspan. The marshes here are filled with a thick mud that can swallow the unsuspecting tourist like quicksand.
Theresa is still on her work schedule and wakes up with the sun, but she is rewarded with beautiful sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico.
There is a an observation tower with a 360-degree view of the park and Gulf of Mexico. The 900-foot pier shown above is the only pier in Louisiana that stretches into the Gulf. In spite of a strong east wind, it was a beautiful sunny day in the upper 50s. We hiked with the dogs around the marshes, climbed to the top of the tower, and walked to the end of the pier. Although Darby was a little hesitant about being so high above the water, you can see how happy she is to go for a nice long walk.