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October 22 Snorkel at Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster Park
Trip Leader is Linda Leeds.
This is some of the best snorkeling in the area. High tide is at 10:06 AM, so come around 9:30 or whenever you can. Snorkel the trail along the park island or under the bridge. Take Blue Heron Boulevard to the east end of the bridge; there’s a traffic light. Turn north into the parking area and go to the west end. We’ll gather under the bridge. I have a blue lawn chair and beach towel with cats on it. Bring lunch to picnic afterwards, and the usual stuff: mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest and dive flag if you have them, sunblock and water. You cannot snorkel under the bridge proper without a dive flag, but some of us will have them.
There is a $5 per car admission to enter this State Park. Park in the most distant lot from the park entrance and meet at the Gift Shop at 9:45 AM for the 10 AM ranger-led nature walk of about one and one half hours.
This is not a hike, however. We will make several stops where the ranger will point out and explain about the plants and animals. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat; bring camera, binoculars, water and sunscreen. (FYI: The Nature Center is open Wednesday through Sunday for viewing the aquarium, live exhibits and educational film in air-conditioned comfort.) We're coming on Tuesday, however, to assure Ranger availability.
Bring a picnic lunch.... we can eat at a picnic pavilion or at tables of our choice.
Beachgoing, kayaking and paddle boarding are optional activities afterward. You may launch your own or rent from Beach Outfitters per the macarthurbeach.org website. High Tide is about 1 PM, so the timing is right!
Want a great deal and to help the State Park? Join Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park at macarthurbeach.org for $50 per year...with it comes free park admission and free kayak use on any and all visits depending on availability!