This is a state park I never knew we had that's five minutes from home. I had it in my mind to follow this old road and there it was, a park I never knew existed; Terra Ceia Preserve State Park. In fact I've driven by here hundreds of times. This entrance is adjacent to a main highway that I take all the time. I just assumed it was private land.
I stopped at a kayak launch and talked to this gentleman who, it turns out, leads tours through the park. Silly me; I forgot to get his name. But I'll be back regardless, maybe I'll run into him again, it would be fun to do a tour.
The area is mostly mangroves and bayou and is habitat for all manner of birds including eagles and osprey. But of course for me it's a new place to explore with my camera. Add to that, the county is opening up another preserve in the opposite direction about five miles away. I am excited to explore that as well.
I suppose most people, me included, don't notice these parks all that much. But I sure am glad they're there, in plain view the whole time.