Nov 152012

Relax, Greg, I didn’t buy a boat (yet). The bridge that gave us the views I’m sharing with you is the fishing bridge that parallels the vehicular bridge next to the campground.

This was actually one of the old bridge structures that carried traffic in the “good old days.” When the highway was improved and new bridges built, instead of tearing the old bridges down, most of them were turned in pedestrian/fishing bridges.

One of the things on my bucket list is to catch a fish off a pier, but we see a lot of people fishing the bridges here in the Keys, so I decided that I’d check it out. Bridge? Pier? Except for the fact that one ends out in the water and one ends on the far shore, what’s the difference?

I can hear somebody asking how I could walk out on a bridge, but I’m afraid of driving over them. I’m afraid of high bridges, but this didn’t bother me because it’s straight all the way across. Hey, I’m not a psychologist, what do I know about how things work (or don’t work) in my screwed up my mind? Trust me, it’s bad enough just knowing how screwed up it is!

There was a group of young men fishing on the bridge, but they weren’t having any luck, probably due to the wind, which never seems to let up for long here. So after chatting with them for a bit, we walked father out to admire the view. And what views we had!

Beach view

Overall water view

Tents beach view

I love the colors in the water here, everything from blue to green to teal. And it’s so clear that you can see the bottom in many places.

Water colors

How would you like a waterfront campsite like this?

RV park waterview 2

We did see one kayaker making his way across the water. With the wind at his back he was scooting right along. Of course, a while later, when he turned back toward the campground he had to work hard to get there.

Kayaker 2

This fisherman had it better, in terms of getting around, but he wasn’t having any more success than our friends up on the bridge were.

Boater and RVs

Here is our Winnebago. Quite a few RVs have arrived at the campground in the last few days.

RV Park overhead view

Since the fishing didn’t seem to be going very well and the wind was increasing, we decided to go out for Chinese food for dinner instead.

Several of you have asked for an update on the Thousand Trails problem discussed in Tuesday’s blog. Well, I’m still confused. Beth-Ann, manager of the Orlando preserve, posted on the Facebook Thousand Trails page I frequent and where this all first came to light, "It is now my understanding guests that still have the three week reservations will receive a phone call advising them they are being changed." Then, later in the day, one of the administrators for the page posted "TT realized their error and stopped changing reservations." When asked for clarification I was told that some people will be getting phone calls informing them their reservations are being changed and some will not have them changed. So which is it? This is yet another example of the poor communications from Thousand Trails that caused the problem in the first place.

Thought for The Day – An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

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  3 Responses to “The View From The Bridge”

  1. Nick,

    Don’t let up on the bozos at TT. If most small American companies ran their operations like TT, we’d all be in a world of hurt.

  2. Those are fantastic photos, Nick. I may just have to plan to head to the Keys instead of Sedona next year.

  3. Nick, after Googling, (if that is a verb) “1000 trails problems” and “thousand trails problems”, it makes what little hair I have stand on end. Multiple ownership changes and reorganizations, and basically bankrupt for most of the 40 plus years they have been in existence. Eventually it will fold, but who knows when.

    By the way, I’m still out of reading material, so get to writing, so we can buy your books, and you can afford to buy your own campground. Best wishes, Guy Cobham. (acheapguy)

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