Gulf State Park’s new pier juts into blue water for 1540 feet making it the largest on the Gulf. Opened in 2009, the gargantuan pier replaces a smaller wooden one destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. 2,500 feet of fishing space along its rails welcome fishermen who can cast for King Mackerel, Mullet and Bonito 24 hours a day. Below the pier white sand stretches for miles east and west.
Another kind of pier probes Ducker Bay at sunset as long haul trucks on I-10 track the horizon. Alligators crisscross the marsh beneath the walkway and crawfish cling to the pilings at the waterline. The moist richness couldn’t be more different than the arid high desert of northern New Mexico. The briny air at sea level seems as heavy as it is crisp and light at 7,000 feet in Taos.