Relaxing at Zippel Bay
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I woke up early, ate breakfast and packed up my tent. I drove to see the canoe launch and decided it was so nice and peaceful that I pulled out my camp chair and read on the beach. I sat there for 2 hours alone. A couple people passed by hiking or walking on the beach and two boys came to play in the water, but for the most part I was alone. It was a warm morning but I sat in the sun, put my feet up on the picnic table and listened to the waves. Really, what else should I do today? This is my vacation. Relaxation is what its all about.
I wanted to go to Garden Island to do a geocache, but I had no way to get there. It was 20 miles away - by boat - from Zippel Bay. I had no boat and didn't want to charter a boat for just me. Since I had no ride to the island, I had all day to do whatever I wanted.
I decided to do the hiking club trail, which started out along the beach. It was warm and I wished I had brought my swimsuit. Instead I took off my socks and shoes, rolled up my pants and walked through the water.
and shoes on? I decided not to. I took the trail and decided it was pretty soft. In fact, it was fun to "hike" barefoot. I don't think I've ever done that before. The trail was grassy with few sticks or rocks so I pressed on. About halfway along, I seriously began to question the wisdom of hiking barefoot when I noticed poison ivy lining the trail and encroaching my path. Oh well, I came this far, how can I say I hiked the trail barefoot, if I didn't. Besides, I'll be walking through the water again and the poisons should wash off, right?
As I left the swimming beach area, I noticed a pipe sticking out of the ground labeled "Drinking water". I was thirsty so I stopped. The water was gushing out and super cool. But very iron tasting. But it was cold and wet and free. I decided I better get moving if I wanted to visit another state park today - this next one was a bit of a drive.