You may not be familiar with the now defunct (Thank you Mr. Nixon) Cross Florida Barge Canal. It was a mostly 1960's era project designed to connect natural waterways by manmade canals so that coal from Alabama could be shipped across the Gulf of Florida to power plants on the east coast.
The canal was a bad idea for the environment of Florida and especially for our water supply which flows underground through the spongey limestone like that above.
It was halted by President Nixon, but not before canal lands were bought, dams built, and some canal dug.
After the storm, looking west from under the bridge.
It had rained just before I pulled off the highway yesterday to check out the boat ramp below the US-19 bridge, but the gloom added a nice effect to the bridge. It was early evening and I seemed to be the only person in the park. The park trail runs along this canalway for about 5 miles to the Gulf. An access road also follows the trail so you can drive down, which is nice if you plan to launch a canoe or kayak directly into the Gulf marshes. Along the way there's pavillions to picnic at, a restroom about midway, and a canoe/kayak launch at the Gulf end.
I don't have a fishing kayak (YET!), but my canoe has already expressed interest in launching into the marshes here.
The facilities info is from the park brochure, as I have not explored this relatively new park yet, but you know I will. This would be a better fall or winter walk so I think I'll wait to walk the trail. The heat and humidity will be down and the migrant birds will be up after summer passes ... sometime in November.
The dock in the distance is the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission station.
The small, but nice boat ramp (for Manly boats with motors) is in good shape and may experience my boat trailer today ... depending on Flounder dog's needs. The actual boat ramp is to the right and not shown in this picture. The tide was out at the time of my visit and there were blue crabs everywhere in the clear, shallow water.
Hmmmmm. I need to find some string and some chicken necks.
Ya' never been crabbin'?