Living in southeast Texas means lots of rain and humidity and cloudy days and all the kinds of weather that make me sad 🌧 So as soon as a day rolled around that included sunshine and decent temperatures, I was out the door faster than you can say gluten free vegan 💨
I decided to head even farther southeast to the Sabine Pass Historic Battleground State Park and then down a little further to Sea Rim State Park, both being right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Here are my favorite photos from a day well spent.
I left Beaumont on a cool Wednesday afternoon in early March. After passing through the neighboring city of Port Arthur, the highway sliced through the middle of the massive Valero refinery, then took me over a small but steep bridge on Taylor Bayou. From there things slowed down. I passed through several smaller refineries and chemicals plants, but there were also stretches of open land, waterways, and not a single car behind me for miles.
Sabine Pass is a small, deserted town. All the buildings are on stilts due to the ever present danger of tropical storms. The Sabine Pass Battleground Historic Park is on a small piece of land just outside the main part of town and sits on the small channel of water where Sabine Pass flows into the Gulf of Mexico. There were a couple of people fishing and a couple of older gentleman walking the park, but other than that it was completely quiet, except for the whirring of machines from what looked to be some sort of plant or refinery next door.
From Sabine Pass I traveled about ten miles southwest on another deserted road 🚘 It was strange to see fields of grazing Texas cattle on one side of the road, and colorful beach houses on stilts on the other side. All the business are on stilts, even small family shacks and ordinary non-beachy houses. Southeast Texas stays green in the winter and thanks to the piney landscapes and mild temperatures, most of the trees don’t shed their leaves 🌲
Sea Rim State Park is fairly small but full of beauty. There were a handful of RVs and trailers parked near the front entrance. The beaches were full of nature’s debris washed up from the water – seaweed, shells, wood – but no human trash which was nice to see 🏖⚓️
There were lots of pretty white seashells to look for and because I came during the down season, it was nice and quiet except for the waves 🐚🌊
I also brought a smoothie from home so I could enjoy it at the beach!
The other part of the park contains the Gambusia Nature Trail, which is a boardwalk through the 4,000 acres of marshland. This was favorite part of the adventure and the sunset made a nice backdrop during my walk.
P.S. Sea Rim State Park, don’t worry, I will not tease the alligators! 🐊
I didn’t see any alligators, but there were some pretty cute ducks!
I really loved visiting this often overlooked region of Texas and I’m sure once the weather warms up, I’ll be back to swim in the ocean! Texas has such a rich and interesting history, as well as a varied landscape that never ceases to amaze me. If you ever find yourself in southeast Texas, I definitely recommend stopping for a while to explore!