Pup Walks – Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve and Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area

After Saturday’s outing to Smyrna Dunes, I had planned to relax on Sunday. That didn’t happen.

The day started out foggy and gray but we enjoyed our time at the beach so much we decided to do it again.

We decided to try Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve at Flagler Beach.

BSMP Sign

I had pictured a vast boardwalk going far into the swamp. It does, but it’s a heavily traveled boardwalk (at least it was that day) and it’s very narrow. It was a challenge to pull four dogs and one human over enough to the side to allow other groups to pass and not have any of the snack-size dogs be gator bait.

Very narrow boardwalk

Very narrow boardwalk

I had also pictured it being in the wilderness. It’s not.

You can hear traffic from the highway

You can hear traffic from the highway

Those tiny fuzzy white things are egrets

Those tiny fuzzy white things are egrets

I’m always amazed how our city dogs suddenly revert when they hear a strange noise. They each take a post and go on alert.

What was that?

What was that?

Alert3

We'll protect you

There are also trails that lead to other boardwalks. Much to our surprise and delight, one of these led to a small beach along the Intracoastal. We didn’t venture far, as it looked like Gator Heaven, but the water dogs (Gizmo and Li’l Bit) enjoyed cooling their paws.

Wading in the Intracoastal
Wading in the Intracoastal

Wading in the Intracoastal

According to my new activity tracker, I still had a ton more steps to go for the day, so we decided to see what else was in the area. That led us to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area just a few miles away. The rangers told us there was construction going on and they weren’t kidding. Pretty much the whole place is under construction. Still, there was a nice beach overlooking the Atlantic.

Nice overlook at Gamble Rogers Beach

Nice overlook at Gamble Rogers Beach

If you are ever caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore (this works - I've been caught in one)

If you are ever caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore

Usually our time at the beach is sunny, happy, and joyful. With the fog it was a little surreal, seeming more like a Twilight Zone episode.

Beach in Fog at Noon (!)

Beach in Fog at Noon (!)

Did it beat staying home and doing laundry?

Yes, it did.

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