Thursday, November 8, 2012

Catman Road Trail...

Gulf Shores, AL    High:  68     Low:   43

Sparky went out exploring the trails today. In particular, the Catman Road Trail in the park, a part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Catman Road is a distance of about 6.5 miles out and back from the Gulf State Park main road...It was the perfect day for a ride, not too hot, not too cold....The trail has wonderful places to stop and sit along the way....Like right off the bat, there is a shaded park bench with a dock where you can tie up your boat if you came in on the waterway and just wanted to get out and stretch your legs, or there are many other spots to sit and rest in the shade along the way.

A beautiful butterfly garden on the way, about midway on the trail...A shelter with a screened in porch and picnic benches to get in out of the sun. And then there is the garden with bushes and flowers attracting lots of butterflies...These are the Gulf Fritillaries Judy was talking about in Travels with Emma...

Stopped to take more photos...Sparky's eye was caught by some other pretty plants and foliage along the way....Nothing really too special about this bush, just the way the sunlight caught it, caught Sparky's eye...

And the personal dedications on the benches and swings to those who loved nature are just wonderful and heartwarming to see....What nice tributes!
This one sign under a shaded porch swing..."In honor of Dr. Don Kidd, precious husband & best biking buddy, loving daddy boy. With great respect and love, your family".

A beautiful ride on the Catman Road Trail today. No gators seen today, Sparky is going looking for 'em on another trail tomorrow! With all the alligator signs around the park, they gotta be here somewhere!


  1. I think benches are among the nicest memorial tributes the average family can make. They are usually at a place the person loved in life.

  2. We can't wait to explore this area too. It's such a pretty peninsula! Exploring Ft Pickens today.

  3. When looking for alligators it is wise not to do it alone. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.