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Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area • Flagler Beach, FL • NOV 5 - 7, 2017

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Somehow—well, thanks to Linda's due diligence on the web—we were able to book four consecutive Sundays at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. This was trip #2. We originally booked three nights on Site 014, but Site 019—our favorite—popped up as available, so we snatched it immediately. So the first night and third nights were on 014, and the middle night was on 019. That involved connecting and disconnecting the Viva from the hookups several times, plus putting up/taking down and moving our screen room, but it was worth it to have a day, night, and morning on our favorite site.

The only blemish on this trip occurred just after arrival, and didn't last long…rain! Otherwise, the weather was great, the orange-colored moon amazing, and the sunrises spectacular. We had two campfires, Linda rode her bike and walked the beach, Rick and Zoe ran, walked the trails, and splashed in the ocean, and Tybee took it easy and snoozed a lot. The poor little guy is well into his twilight years at 15 and a half, and as you can see from his photo, has some incontinence issues for which he wears an absorbent pad. Cushing's Disease has taken its toll. We're not sure how many more trips he'll be able to make with us, but we treasure each one.

Regular readers of our travel blog have seen many photos and several videos we've taken of a large object on the beach. It is still partially buried as a result of Hurricane Irma. No one we've asked here knows what it is, and Rick hadn't been able to find anything on the web about it…until this trip. We suspected it was from a ship, and we were right. Here is what Rick found, courtesy of the North Peninsula State Park website:

"In 1993, a metal object was first sighted in the tidal zone at North Peninsula State Park. The object appeared to be a winch or windless, perhaps for an anchor or other heavy lifting. Research suggests the object could be from the wreck of the North Western, a ship that sank before World War II near the Volusia County line."

And now you know the rest of the story!

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