Before settling in for a full afternoon and evening of football, I felt it important that I head out in the morning to be around a bit of quiet nature. The Arrowhead Trail at Ft. Desoto Park is a short one, only about 1.5 miles long, but it is little trafficked and has a few of its own small, secret beaches. Mangroves claim most of the coast along the edges of the peninsula the Arrowhead Trail follows, but there are a few openings that I fully intend to return to in the spring and use as private swimming holes.
The first time I came to this area it was low tide and there was a good length of beach. It was high tide this time, however, so the beachhead was limited to just a few spots. Still, there was enough space to stand and gaze out over the intercoastal waterway in peace with only a baby horseshoe crab for company, who politely did not make a sound.