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  • Writer's picturePenelope Anne

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Updated: Jan 7, 2023

Good evening!

I hope everyone has had a great Wednesday. My Dad and I went to a new place today right in our own backyard. Can you believe my Dad has lived here for 7 years and this is the first time he has been to this park? He didn't even take my big Sister Natalie Anne here. What is up with that?

Anyways this 145-acre park located on the barrier island is named for Florida folk singer and storyteller Gamble Rogers. 145-acres is a lot of ground to cover. I wonder how many times it would take us to cover even half of that? I mean just the little portion we covered today I learned a lot.

Have you ever wondered, 'who rakes the leaves'? Well here is the answer.

After a season of making food for trees, leaves fall to the ground. Here, they protect the soil from the drying Sun and the eroding force of the rain. Underneath, bacteria, fungi, insects and earthworms are busy mixing the leaves into the soil, making it more fertile and capable of holding more moisture. Thus the forest maintains itself and wastes nothing. Pretty cool, huh?

How about "Wax-Myrtle"? Can anyone guess what that is? Well, this useful plant gets it's name from the wax coating on the leaves and berries, which can be melted off and used for bayberry candle wax. How cool is that? The leaves are aromatic, with an appealing, piquant fragrance when crushed. I want to make a candle while smelling the spicy scent of the foliage.

I love nature and learning all it has to offer. There is so much more to learn about what's in this park, but for now I think it's time for bed.

Will you learn more about this park from another post? Maybe or maybe I will put this topic in one of my upcoming books? Wouldn't that be cool?

Well time for bed, tomorrow is another day. Good night all! Sweet dreams for those of you in the Western Hemisphere, for those in the Eastern Hemisphere have a great day!


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