2017 Jonathan Dickinson SP, FL

 


Jonathan Dickinson SP is on the east coast of FL near Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island about 4 hours south of  where I live. All the sites have full hookups and for a senior FL resident the rate is very reasonable. There are two campgrounds and I picked a site in the one that is closer to Route 1. The campground was maybe 1/3 to 1/2 full, with no one near me. It was a short drive to get out and see things which was convenient. I arrived there on Sunday afternoon, set up camp and did a bit of exploring. I found the Nature

Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve and checked out the hours. Turns out the visitor center and beach area are open 9 am to 4:30 pm, not exactly conducive to night time photography. I also spotted a light house that looked interesting. 

I went back to the lighthouse that evening and got an image early on then got one with the full moon risingbehind it.

The rock formations that cause the water to blow up against them are right on the narrow beach. You have to walk over a sand dune to get to the beach and there were signs about not putting beach umbrellas in certain areas because the sea turtles had laid eggs. The turtles come ashore at night and eventually the hatchlings leave the nests at night so I can understand the need to give the beach over to them.


About a mile down the road from the NCP there is a county park, and that is open from sunrise to sunset only. The rocks stretch along the beach quite a ways so you can see different formations there.

 

I had originally planned to spend a few days there but it was so hot that except for the trip out the first evening and then the next morning to see the sea hit the rocks at high tide I was staying in the trailer with the dogs with the AC on. I can do that at home and have lots more room so I cut the stay short. 

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