While the rain put a damper on the fishing, it did not damper our spirits to explore Saracen Lake.
We first saw a small flock of American White Pelicans. The pelicans are in Arkansas for the winter and will fly north in the Spring. Park goers told us, the pelicans show up by the dozens each year and attract wildlife photographers from all over the state.
We also met a few fishermen taking advantage of the pier-like docks. Saracen Lake is full of largemouth bass, white crappie, bream and catfish. "There are some big fish in here," said one angler. Mariel tried her luck at fishing with a borrowed pole but came out empty-handed.
Our trip ended with a quick jaunt through a nearby public playground. It was built in early 2018 and created completely accessible for children with disabilities. The park's design included outdoor instruments like large drums and a xylophone.