October 7, 2015 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Destin, Florida

Another lazy day at the beach.  We lounged around all morning and went to the beach in the afternoon. Took the tram again.  Too lazy to walk.

The beachgoers all set up right off the end of the boardwalk.  They are not too lazy to walk; they have too much stuff to carry very far. It is amazing how much stuff people need to sit on the beach: umbrellas, chairs, coolers, snacks, blankets, towels, tote bags, pop-up canopies, beach toys, and more.

b Beachgoers Clustered at Boardwalk

We walked to the west.  Here are some of the things I noticed.

The beach was pretty much deserted once past the folks set up at the end of the boardwalk.

b Andy Walking on Beach

I got some pictures of the crab tracks today.  It must be the angle of the sun that let them show up in my pictures today.  Or, maybe it was the fact that we HAD some sun.

b Crab Tracks

A lot of back and forth here.

b Crab Tracks 2

And, here is the crab house everyone wants to visit.

b Crab Tracks 3

Of course, I don’t really know what’s going on in the daily life of sand crabs.  All I could learn from Wikipedia on the subject today is that they  live in a deep shaft and sometimes have two  entrances. Oh yeah, they can’t stay in the water for too long; they will drown.

This dead tree was on the dune, but the picture is not really very dramatic.

b Dead Tree on Dune

This one, however, looks like a giant spider (more so from a distance).  That caught my attention.

b Giant Spider on Dune

Here is a little sandbar just off the beach. It just needs a palm tree for a little desert island fantasy.

b Sandbar

This guy was busy eating in the surf.  I think I see the same, single, bird every day.  I am surprised how few birds are here. I’m pretty sure this one is a first-year willit.

b Maybe a Year Old Willit

In case you haven’t seen enough crab pictures, here is one burrowed into the sand.

b Small Crab in Sand

Here are some of the sand balls I was referring to yesterday. The crab hole is behind the pile.  It looks as though the crab is enlarging and existing burrow, with older, dry sand balls to the right and the newly formed wet ones to the left.

b Wet and Dry Crab Sand Balls

Here are the White Cliffs of Destin.  Very dramatic, straight cliffs.  Only about 18 inches tall. Some crabs have burrowed in at the bottom of the cliff.  Maybe that is their second entrance for easy access to the sea.

b White Cliffs of Topsail Hill Preserve