Sat. Nov. 17, 2007:
Yes, I am home now and off work until Nov 28th.
Tomorrow hubby and I are taking a road trip...
Going to Sebring, Lake Josephine to meet his Sister and BroInLaw from Sanford, FL then see how their lake house is coming along. Then going to the Lake Placid Airport (a friend is the owner) to the Annual "Fly In" they have every year in the hanger. Will stay there awhile and eat lunch. then take a drive back home. So I hope to get some picture and set up a new thread tomorrow night or at least Monday morning. This blog has been up long enough. LOL
Tuesday,November 12, 2007:
Long Live Strong Women!!! I just need to give 24 hours of my blog to strong women. If you have done something that is Strong Women worthy.. please post it between
Tuesday Night Nov 13 and Wed Night Nov 14th...LOL...
Sunday and Monday, Nov 11 and 12th:
Thank you to our American Veterans!
Our American Flag is proudly flying on the front of our home! God Bless the USA!
Happy Birthday to the USMC!!!
and tomorrow is Veterans Day (Monday is the legal holiday) so all weekend and Monday be sure and say Thank You to all of our current and past Military Service People.
We are a Land of the Free because of the Brave!
Ok deleting all that stuff with all of you peeking in before you were allowed LOL.
Nov 7, 2007: I took another road trip up Hwy 27 thru the Eastern Everglades to Lake Okeechobee and got some great shots along the way. I've got lots to say about what is going on here... about the way things are being handled as well as the progress that is not being met at this point. I have a lot of opinions about all of this..but for now I will let the photos speak for themself and add my comments later... my work week starts tomrrow so I have no idea when I can elaborate on my thoughts but trust me I WILL give my 2 cents worth of opinions when it comes to my beloved Everglades and Lake Okeechobee and how it is being treated.
There is a lot of information out there in the media that I will add into this blog as I can.
but for now:
Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties are far above our average rainfall for 2007; our canals and lakes are over flowing with water.. just ashame, it cannot be stored and stopped from flowing into the ocean...becaues just out West of us into the Everglades and Lake O.. water is so desperately needed...... something has to be done and be done soon..and water resovours in the 'glades are the answer.
I've got 7 (which will be 14 total pictures) of the May 30 and Nov 7th comparison of similar views.
Then I have another 5 pics of interest I didn't previously post.. and I have so many more but will try to be patient and do it in installations...I have others but they may be for another blog.
Lake Okeechobee during the worse Drought in history; lowest water level of all times.
Here is another normally reed filled entry from rim canal into the big lake area. You had to be experienced to not get lost. but now you see, it is just a little stream.
Path into the Big Lake O from Rim Canal (seflagamma
This Nov 7, 2007 compare to May 30 2007 pic.
One of the paths from the Rim Canal around Lake Okeechobee southern end, into the center of the lake. Now it has enough water to actually get into the big lake.
Clewiston, FL. Lake Okeechobee area. Normally you need these red and green channel markers to know where you need to drive your boat (in between) into the lake from the rim canal. There is usually water far on either side. But today, it is obvious where the channel is; but it is not deep enough for a boat. And notice the buoy that normally in water is on the new "beach".
This Nov 7, 2007 compare to May 30 2007 pic.
this is in Clewiston area. The old green 19 channel marker (the red one is out of pic) to warn boaters to stay between the two markers..and the buoy is now in the water.
Notice no longer a beach as was May 30 Pic.
Clewiston, FL. Lake Okeechobee area. I saw this many times today; not only boat ramps are out of the water but found this shelter and probably expensive boat dock that would normally be in deep water, high and dry.
This Nov 7, 2007 compare to May 30 2007 pic.this is in Clewiston area. The Boatdock is now in the water and no longer surrounded by a beach.
Lake Okeechobee during the worse Drought in history; lowest water level of all times. This area right out of the Belle Glades Camp. This is not a beach area, but it appears to be a Muck Beach now. The water level is usually up to the white flowers in forground.
Lake O Rim Canal in Belle Glades area. (seflagamma
This Nov 7, 2007 compare to May 30 2007 pic.This is the Belle Glades Mariana and Campground view. The rim canal now has water and no longer has a beach. Not as full as usual but now people can get their boats in and out. Can you see the gator? not the obvious black blob that is an old tire..look a little above it at a small dark line...it was going under as I took the shot.
Main Boat Ramp at Belle Glades Camp Ground (seflagamma
Lake Okeechobee during the worse Drought in history; lowest water level of all times. This area right out of the Belle Glades Camp. Main boat ramp for those camping at Belle Glades Camp Ground & Marina.
Comparing my May 30th pictures with today's Nov 7, 2007 Pictures of Lake Okeechobee.
This is the BelleGlades marian boat dock today. You can once again use it to put your boat into the water. this shot is from above the boat ram. the May shot is looking forward to the boat ramp without water in the waterway.
Lake Okeechobee during the worse Drought in history; lowest water level of all times. This area right out of the Belle Glades Camp. This is area my dad use to park his boat behind the camper. Not happening now.
Place where my Dad use to park his boat. (seflagamma
Comparing my May 30th pictures with today's Nov 7, 2007 Pictures of Lake Okeechobee.This is the BelleGlades Camp. The waterway, finger canal, where my Dad usually parked his boat.. last May it was dry..now it is over grown with tall weeds with just a little water. They really needs to get this campground ready for January..or that will be 3 lost years of reveune from this Campground, the biggest money maker in Belle Glades.
Lake Okeechobee during the worse Drought in history; lowest water level of all times. This area right out of the Belle Glades Camp. The waterways into the camping areas are all dried up.
Comparing my May 30th pictures with today's Nov 7, 2007 Pictures of Lake Okeechobee.This is the BelleGlades Camp. The waterway, finger canal, to get to some of the camp areas... was dry up last spring now has water.
Nov 7, 2007. The Cane Fields of Palm Beach County are still buring... and this was outlawed many years ago but the law just turns a blind eye to this type of pollution.
Thls million dollar Sugar Cane farmers own the law in this area.
Nov 7, 2007... I went past several of these today LOL! But nothing looks like it was top secret or spy stuff... they just didn't want nosy people with cameras around LOL!
Nov 7, 2007. For those that have never understood why we originally dried up the Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee, it is the SOIL... this soil is the best soil in the world.. it black and rich with all the nurtriments from thousands of years of being under swamp water. That is why it is such a hard fight to get them to allow it to be flooded over again.. it has made many a family billionairs...
This is what Black Gold Soil looks like.. a beautiful thing to anyone who is a grower or farmer..
Nov 7, 2007, South of Lake Okeechobee, in Palm Beach County. I saw all this stuff going on the West side of Hwy 27 driving up..on way back I stopped and took some pics.. not sure but it looks like they are digging out another canal???? hummmmm....
this is where some of those Keep out signs were!
Sawgrass Rec Park and Everglades marina. The canal and the Glades in this view.. you can see water is abundant.. Here in Broward County we are way over our Normal rainfall for the year.. and our canals and lakes show it..up to the brim with water..wish some of it had gone into Lake O...
Sawgrass Rec Park and Everglades Lagoon, The water in the canals here in Broward County are full to the rim...Broward County is way over our Normal rainfall for the year.. and our canals and lakes show it..up to the brim with water..wish some of it had gone into Lake O...
Nov 7, 2007. You know, these are all over the place in Palm Beach County around the Lake Okeechobee, South Bay, Belle Glades and the Sugar Cane Farming areas ..."makes you wanna go Hummm???" ...I just park where I can, lock up and me and my camera hike on!