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.
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.
I had also pictured it being in the wilderness. It’s not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did it beat staying home and doing laundry?
Yes, it did.