What a charming name. When we were in the process of building our home in the Hammock, before the county assigned a street number, I toyed with the idea of a name for our house. River to the Sea was the top contender. Logical with our home between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.
When we lived in England, we had no postal number just a name–Meadow Cottage. It was a small brick home from the 1930s that backed onto Green Belt, an area designated to remain agricultural. Horses frequently appeared over our back fence. The local manor house was across the road. The village green and pub were 2 houses distant. John stripped the door of the church on the green which had been painted a garish blue back to its proud oak heritage. Our world was quaint with hanging flower baskets at the green grocers, bakery and post office, not to forget on our own cottage. Houses with names were part of that charming existence.
Back to the Hammock, and before I had time to settle on a name, our builder had applied the designated numbers to our front elevation. Oh, well.
One of our favorite pastimes in the UK with young children was taking advantage of the ramblers’ right-of-ways that criss-cross properties, mostly agricultural, throughout the United Kingdom. Children now grown we continue our enjoyment of nature with walks or rambles maintained by local authorities in Flagler County. Ta da! Nestled between Marineland and the farthest northern reach of the Hammock is River to Sea Preserve.
We are fans of the walk to the river (or Intracoastal) side. It is on the west side of the Scenic A1A.
There is a large parking lot, wide walkways through the trees, picnic tables and benches distributed around a fairly long loop that passes by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Hurricanes Matthew and Irma had their fun here as well. Nature, fortunately, is very handy at taking care of herself. Just in case you fret that “things will never be the same”, take a look at a couple of our “after” and “later” photos of River to Sea Preserve.
These two were both taken of the same walkway. After Irma first and a few months later next.
Walk with me.
If you can’t spend a day in Florida without the beach, the access is directly across from the River entrance.