What a lovely flotilla this was! You missed a great one, Cliffy!
I'm still here in Skunk Ape City, camped all by my lonesome in the group area, waiting for the next cold front to blast through so I can head out for a G2 cruise.
Well, almost by my lonesome. Apparently the Florida panther who considers Trail Lakes Campground part of his range was what they call "active" all last night. Several of the fowl from the zoo are dead or missing, and prints were found leading from the campground to a buried turkey carcass. I'm told that that is typical panther behavior -- cache your kill for later. I slept through all the action, dagnabbit! Dave, owner and chief marketer, is on the phone to the news services right now, expecting a camera crew any moment, so tune in to the 6 o'clock news!
cliffy wrote:What was the total turnout..
Maybe half the typical Flamingo flotilla count: 17 people on our most populous day; 19 in all, what with late drop-ins and early departures.
cliffy wrote:do yall think this will be the new permenant locale for the duration of Flamigo's closing period......??
Dunno -- once folks get home, I'll send out a poll and see what the feeling is. Lots of plusses to both places.
Although -- Flamingo is open again!
While we were here, the Flamingo campground re-opened, and most of the back-country campsites were put back into service. Both launch ramps are open in Flamingo, although the one leading to Florida Bay has not been dredged. I hear the fishermen raised such a ruckus, noting rightly that their shallow-draft boats could get in and out just fine, that the NPS opened the mucked-in Florida Bay ramp, but declared it use-at-your-own-risk. The fate of the Lodge will be decided this month. Things aren't looking good. No funds.