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Visit at Jonathan Dickinson state park
7 April 2008, 11:22 AM
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Last weekend my wife gave me a birthday present by going to the Jonathan Dickinson state park up in Jupiter Florida. About two months ago, in the middle of a work related crisis, I comment her of how wonderful and nice would be to go to a park, and be sorrounded by nature and not much else. To walk on the country side and forget about our daily routines. That not only stroke a chord on my, but I think it also did for her. So on a beautiful Saturday morning, she was driving up north on I-95 without me knowing what was going on.
At first I realized that Buda – that’s how I call my Djembe – and my other drum were inside the car. So I thought we were spending the day at the broward drum circle, but once we passed the airport I started to suspect otherwise.

Jonathan Dickinson state park turtoiseThe Park:
We stayed on the camping close to the river. If you go I seriously recommend you to go to this area. It’s close to the cabin site, and concession store- The park also has cabins with A/C. Each camping parcel had running water and a electricity socket – as well as a grill.
I’m still amazed on how people behave in a national park, or around nature protected areas. Once you enter the park, we were greeted by a very sweet park ranger who gave us a lot of information on the hiking trails and activities. Because of park’s eco-system, it’s not allowed to burn, use / take any dead wood, but sadly people disregard this. Some guy try to burn down a green tree for its wood – The concession store sells wood at a moderated price.

Drumming on camp siteDrums:
We drummed a little. Question to all readers out there. Is it true what they say about snakes being attracted to low frequencies?. My djembe has a very deep and low bass tone, and when we were playing, a black snake appeared from the bushes behind us. My wife freaked out and so did the snake, it was gone in 1second…
We then continue playing for about 20 more minutes, two kids came to see us play, some other grown ups too. They were all too shy to sit down with us and try the drums, but we kept offering them to do so, until a lady with three children ask us to stop – mind you, it was about 5 Pm. We have asked the park rangers about rules and regulations, and they told us that It was fine and allowed. Yes, I didn’t like her attitude, the kids wanted us to continue, but not the mom. So we were polite enough to stop 😉 and moved our drumming party to the picnic area. By then, it was getting darker and decided to call the night

I’m looking forward to go to Paralounge this year. Is anybody planning to go too ?



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One Comments to “Visit at Jonathan Dickinson state park”

  1. Mark Richards says:

    You gotta go to Paralounge! I can’t go this time; but I’ll be there for the gathering in November. But go, and see what it is that we need to develop in South Florida.

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