We live on the Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi, Texas. There was a big thunderstorm that dumped several inches of rain at our home. We live about a quarter of a mile from the bay. My daughter found it in a shallow puddle on the sidewalk. The creature is about 2-3 inches and about as big around as a pencil. Not sure where it came from or what it is, any ideas?
It is a penis worm!
Priapulida (priapulid worms, from Gr. πριάπος, priāpos 'Priapus' + Lat. -ul-, diminutive), sometimes referred to as penis worms, is a phylum of unsegmented marine worms. The name of the phylum relates to the Greek god of fertility, because their general shape and their extensible spiny introvert (eversible proboscis) may recall the shape of a penis.
I am not positive, but you are close to the Gulf where these live, and maybe the weather swept some up from the bottom. If that is what it is, it would need a seagull to drop it or some kind of Fortean rain to get any distance from the beach.