I parked at the end of the first peninsula and walked around. I found numerous dead horseshoe crabs and chunks of oyster and other shells all cemented together. Some of these chunks were unexpectedly heavy, despite being riddled with cavities. Roots and branches all over the park near the shoreline I found encrusted with oysters, barnacles, and more. I turned over an oyster-encrusted rock to look for crabs. Having been cut before on these razor-sharp shells, I was extra careful. I still got cut anyways on the very first rock! In two places! I have determined that it is absolutely impossible not to get cut on these shells.
I also found some nickernuts scattered on the ground underneath a tree they did not belong to. The spiny, black pods they belonged two were quite a distance away, but there were no seeds on the ground under that plant!
On the next peninsula is a playground, but not much else. It was here that I found squirting shellfish. I could never quite catch one in the act to see exactly where the droplets came from. Among the mass, I could not even tell which were alive and which were just shells. I also found a small gelatinous ball here with a hole in one side sitting unattached on the seafloor. I tried to pick it up with a stick, but it kept slipping off. It was here that I also found green sand. Digging into it, I found that only the very top was green; underneath was black.
On the third peninsula is a larger playground, a small swimming area, a large boat ramp, lots of parking, and even RV parking. There is also a sandbar at its end not quite connecting it to the end of the first peninsula. Here I found that the covered picnic table areas also had grills. I couldn’t see much in the water, but off the piers near the boat ramp I did see a very large crab in the deeper water. It blended in and I only saw it because it moved its claws, which were lighter than the rest of its body. In the same place, I saw small white lines below the water’s surface. When they moved, they moved like fish, but their thinness suggests I may have been seeing only stripes on the backs of fish. Something about the speed and the amplitude of the undulation didn’t seem to fit a much thinner creature. The mystery is that when they held still, the tail end bent forward and curled inward. What does that?
Also interesting were the colors of sand I found. Much of the sand was bright white, but near the piers I found pink sand. In another place, I found a firm, black, springy layer. This layer had golf-ball-sized holes set at roughly regular intervals about as far apart as they are across. It was also broken into roughly table-sized sections by rough gaps about twice as far across as the holes. In these gaps and holes were bits of shells and sand.
The fourth peninsula is very short and has an osprey nest. Another osprey nest can be found at the top of a telephone pole by the road nearby. There was a palm here completely enveloped in vines.
Also seen across the park was a small tree whose trunk made a 315-degree bend at one point, several trees with low, wide branches that made perfect benches, and a stump with an interesting and artistic labyrinth of porous wood. I also took a picture of this tree:
Highlights: I saw these flowers: