Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area • Flagler Beach, FL • JUL 29 - 30, 2014
To celebrate Rick’s birthday, we made our first visit to Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. We loved the place, and knew immediately that we would return as often as possible. It’s about a 90 minute drive from home, and that’s going over to Daytona Beach and up A1A. Linda used to live in Daytona Beach, and always welcomes the opportunity to drive through the city whenever she can. An FYI for race fans, we go past Daytona International Speedway on this route. It is huge.
This state park was named in honor of Gamble Rogers, a legendary Florida singer/songwriter and storyteller. In 1991, while camping at Flagler Beach, and despite some physical limitations, he went into very rough surf in an attempt to save a man who was drowning. Unfortunately, both Gamble Rogers and the other man died.
The campgrounds are on the beach side of A1A, and the rest of the state park is on the other side of the road. The RV sites are separated from the beach only by a narrow stretch of protected sand dunes, so you are camping close enough to see, hear and smell the ocean. It’s wonderful. Speaking of protection, there were a number of sea turtle nests that were cordoned off in multiple places along the beach. We were hoping to see hatchlings crawling towards the sea, but that didn’t happen.
The days were hot, but the evenings were cool enough for a campfire (thanks to the portable fan that we brought for the screen room, which we set up just outside the Viva).
The sunrises over the ocean were spectacular!
We found a great place within a short walk to eat and have a cold beverage. It also overlooks the beach. It’s dog friendly, and has some tasty vegan choices for us.
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