Saturday, November 26, 2016

Turkey Time At Gamble Rogers

Hi folks, and Happy Thanksgiving weekend from Gamble Rogers State Park in Flagler Beach Florida. This is our usual place to camp around turkey time each year, due to it's relatively close proximity to Daytona International Speedway. My buddy Gary spends most of his time while we are here at the speedway for the annual Turkey Rod Run Car Show & Swap Meet. We used to camp at Tomoka State Park around this time, but the roads in that park got so horrendous, that we changed our reservations to here. Gamble Rogers is a little more expensive, but it's well worth it. There are two loops here, one on the beach side of highway A1A, and one between the highway and the Intercoastal Waterway. We are in campsite #63 in the Riverside Camping Loop, and that is on the Intercoastal Waterway side of the park. The roadway in this loop is paved, and the campsites are either gravel or concrete. On the beach side, the roadway and the campsites are hard packed sand. There's more separation between the campsites in the Riverside loop than the beach side, but privacy is still minimal. It appears that we are in the most wooded campsite in this loop, with at least a little buffer between us and the campers next to us on my left side. All of the other sites here are out in the open. We do miss the wooded campsites at Tomoka, but without trees, we have TV reception. There is absolutely none at Tomoka, and you KNOW how much I love to watch TV. We are in a 90 foot long campsite, which is definitely overkill for a 15 foot trailer like myself. I look a bit lost in here, especially when Dodge isn't here to help fill the void between me and the roadway. This loop is only a couple of years old, so everything is nice and fresh. Gary is enjoying the spacious shower facilities in the ultra-modern bathroom. There is a 20,30, and 50 amp power supply here in our campsite, and dual water hose connections. Oh, and there's a light in the top of the power supply pole that emanates a green colored light at night. That's pretty cool. A few of the other campsites also have sewer hookups. There's a little clearing in the shrubbery behind me, and a short path that leads down to a view of the Intercoastal Waterway. A better view can be seen from the picnic area and boat ramp area that us campers pass by on our trek from the park office to the campground. The beach, of course, is the more picturesque side, but the salt spray over there is bad. We stayed in that loop for one night a few years ago, and that wasn't very pleasant. There are three walkways down to the beach on that side of the park, but two of the three were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and are currently inaccessible. The only access is the walkway next to campsite 11. At least the beach overlooks are still intact. Speaking of hurricane damage, we weren't sure if we could get here easily from the north, but it was no problem. Parts of A1A and the ground below it had been totally washed away, but it has been fixed to perfection. That's the roadway you see in the first picture I posted. Gary has had a blast at the car show, and I've enjoyed my TV time and listening to the distant sounds of the ocean waves rolling in. Sad that we'll be leaving soon, but I'm always sad when we're not off camping somewhere. At least it won't be long before we head off for our next adventure. Well, I'd better be going. Gary will be back from the car show any time now, and I want to be able to tell him that I did some work while he was gone. Have a GREAT day!

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