It has been awhile since I’ve traveled outside of the Sunshine State but recently I made a trip to South Carolina. I searched for various parks prior to my trip to plan out which places would be worth visiting. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stop by many of them because of the travel distance. However, I did end up at a couple local parks that were rather pleasant. One of the first parks I visited is the Columbia Riverfront Park which is located in Columbia, SC. This park is 167 acres with a historical background. It is the world’s first textile mill to fully operate electrically. The canal is operated to generate hydroelectric power. Besides the history behind this park; it’s a nice place to either go fishing, hiking, or just relax and enjoy the scenic view.
One of my recent adventures was at the Myakka River State Park which is located in Sarasota, Florida. There is a $6 entrance fee charge per vehicle. It’s a pretty big park; about 37,000 acres. There will be plenty of nature to explore. You’ll definitely see an abundance of alligators, birds, and if you’re lucky maybe you’ll spot a deer like I did. There is a list of things you can do such as camping, boating tours, fishing, and hiking just to name a few. I checked out the suspended canopy walk bridge which brings you up to a 76 feet climb to the observation tower which gives you a panorama view of the park. It’s a short distance but the view is beautiful. It was a little scary for me since I’m afraid of heights. I also checked out the bird watch boardwalk which I found to be quite peaceful. I was most excited to go into the field of beach sunflowers since I don’t often find a large field of flowers in the area I live in so I took advantage of that opportunity and took many photographs of them. Here are a few pictures I took during my visit. Hope you enjoy!