Nature Walks – Anastasia State Park

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Nature Walks – Anastasia State Park or “the Clean-up Continues, but the Beach is OPEN!” (Post Hurricane Matthew)

Having most of the Hurricane clean-up (my portion) behind me now, I decided I needed to go on a little adventure today.  After reviewing online my options, I chose nearby Anastasia State Park, which is located at St. Augustine Beach, just SE of St. Augustine… the oldest city in the United States.  While clean-up continues, the beach was open for beach-combing.  There was a truck and tractor crew working to clean up the debris, mostly vegetative, from the storm.  It will take them a while as the park portion of the beach extends for some 2.5 miles along the Atlantic coast.

It was a magnificent day in Florida, sunny, partially cloudy (just big white puffs) and a heavy surf.  Swimming isn’t recommended right now due to strong rip currents and the high surf.

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While buying a State Park Annual Pass, I spoke to the onsite ranger, a friendly lady.  She told me that the campground had a lot of damage to numerous trees.  While still open, there will be a lot of clean-up there, too.

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After a long beach walk with plenty of sand and surf, I drove home along State Route A1A, through Marineland and then across the Hammock Dunes Toll Bridge.  The area around Marineland took a big hit from the storm, with storm surge and flood damage to many houses and buildings.  I stopped at the county park just south of Marineland and took a look at the beach.  The coquina rocks have been partially buried in sand; it may take awhile for them to be revealed again.  Along A1A, there were heaps of debris, household and yard debris, waiting to be picked up by county crews who have a HUGE job ahead of them.

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According to the local rag, Palm Coast Observer, a portion of the beach at Flagler Beach is now open, the section south of the boardwalk, from South 4th to South 9th.  That is just a small portion of the beach front in this tourist town.  Clean up is slated to continue…

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I’ve been offered a volunteer sales position at the Gallery of Local Artists in Flagler Beach so I’ll be over there more starting next month.  Getting involved whether or not I decide Florida is a place to call home permanently.

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Florida is going to receive a “cold” front this coming weekend (10/22-23) which will drop the daytime temperatures down into the 70’s and into the 50’s F overnight.  I’ve been waiting for this for months… being a long time resident of relatively chilly Washington State.  Time to break out the jacket for my early morning walk.  Delightful.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.  Many blessings to all.

Eliza Ayres

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Photo Credits:  All mine, taken mostly at St. Augustine Beach and Marineland.