November 12, 2016

Terra Ceia Preserve is a work in progress but I did hear there were working hiking trails, I just failed to locate them. I was able to find the boat launch where people were going in and out with different size boats, kayaks and an airboat too. This seems like a park best seen from the water for sure. The list of these parks are growing and I can’t wait to come back and see them as intended.

It’s very interesting to me how some of these parks are preserved for acres and some are just these small spots with housing developments and high traffic roads surrounding them. The Madira Bickel Mound was just that, a mound. There was a short walk to the stairs that allowed me to climb to the top of the mound and when I got there I was met by a wall of trees. This Native American mound was the first archaeological site in the state. It has at least 3 periods of debris dating back 2,000 years; that’s amazing. I guess I was just put off by the people washing their cars a few feet away from me.

My last park of the day was the Gamble Plantation. This is believed to be the only surviving plantation in South Florida. I was able to get in on the last tour of the day. It was pretty cool to go through the house and see history and hear about how things came about. Did you know that back in the day the bathtub was only filled once and the bathing order was dad, mom & then kids in age order? Just think, this is how the saying ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater’ was created.

The end of the tour marked the close of the park that day. I took one walk around the grounds and then off I went to locate Shawna’s house before the sun went completely to sleep!