Just about every year on my birthday I load up the truck with camera and gear and hit the road on what I have come to call my “Birthday Roadtrip”. About the only time I don’t actually do the drive on my birthday is when the date falls on a weekend. On those occasions I’ll make the run on the day before or the day after. I don’t pay attention to the weather though… Rain or shine, warm or cold, I still make the trip.
I always make it a point to hit the beach though. There is nothing like the beach the first week in February. In 2008 I made it to the mouth of the Brazos River where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This is what I found… Bryan Beach Driftwood.
This tree trunk must have floated down the Brazos before washing up on the beach here. I loved the colors and the composition.
BRYAN BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA. Bryan Beach State Recreation Area is off County Road 723 just outside Freeport in Brazoria County. The 878-acre park was acquired by purchase from private owners in 1973 and named for James Perry Bryan, who built a home there in 1881 and operated a store at nearby Peach Point. Covered with dunes, some up to ten feet in height, the undeveloped park is home to a wide variety of coastal vegetation, including various grasses, shrubs, and forbs. Native animals include ground squirrels, gophers, grasshopper mice, rice rats, cotton rats, rabbits, and opossums. Shorebirds are common, and waterfowl and other migratory birds can be observed.
Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Houston: Cordovan, 1984).