Gamble Rogers State Park

Sunrise at Gamble Rogers State Park

We just spent two days at Gamble Rogers State Park. We had a campsite on the beach and we could launch our kayaks across the road on the intracoastal waterway. It was lovely. Regis found a vacant spot for two nights at this campground a while ago so we could be on the beach. With hurricane Dorian headed this way, they kicked everyone out today.

Shortly after we arrived, this flag went up. This flag indicates a medium hazard.

We were sure to wake up each morning before sunrise to watch it. On our first full day, we swiftly left after sunrise to kayak on the intracoastal waterway and make our way through the mangroves. I think I would have easily gotten lost, but Regis is more astute and made sure we got back.

Osprey on the intracoastal waterway.
Anhinga on the intracoastal waterway.
Equipment we saw on the intracoastal waterway. There was a section closed because of construction.

I sat on the beach for a long time taking pictures of birds and crabs. I feel like I’m “in the zone” when I sit on the beach like that. I could sit there and take pictures until the battery runs out or the card fills up.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres).
Willet (Cataptrophorus semipalmatus)
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Ghost crab (Ocypodinae)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Black-bellied Plover

Dart got sick on this trip, so we are trying to figure out the issue. He’s been good lately. We left him alone while we kayaked and they were working on repaving the local road. I noticed the vibrations while the equipment was working and perhaps Dart did also. While we were kayaking and he was alone in the RV, it may have been more stressful than we realized with the local work being done. We try so hard to make things right with him, but sometimes we miss the mark.

Regis found this guy on his roaming through the campground.
Regis captured this lightning in the middle of the night.
Sunrise on the beach.
The high hazard warning flag went up today. If we weren’t already planning to leave, they would have kicked us out anyway.

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