January 23 – February 5, 2021 Previous Posts:
Koreshan Historic Site State Park Koreshan State Historic Site
Estero, Florida A Week at Myakka River – Part 2
Despite what you read in my first post from Estero about the walks I took to and from the settlement every day, they and some kayaking on the river were the only things I did other than deal with the continuing hydraulic problems that so far 4 technicians have been unable to fix.
But let me talk about the fun stuff first. Like trips on the river. I particularly love state parks with a boat launch where I can lock up my boat and just walk over each morning or afternoon, depending on the weather and river traffic. I prefer not to have to take the kayak on and off every time I want to paddle from the same location.
Koreshan is one of those parks luckily. The river is black water and tidal and lovely. Live oaks overhang the banks and mangrove roots line them in other areas. Their roots reach for the muddy banks.
Having paddled this river before, I know that if I head east I’m going to be moving away from the park and into development. I’m just curious to see if anything has changed.
Waterfront housing developments have dock after dock after dock on the shore opposite the park where it does not own the other side.
Among the fun things I saw was one development with a tiki shack and a resident pelican. Yes he’s real.
He was there when I paddled out and still there when I paddled back. Sleeping and waking. I didn’t see another pelican during my entire stay at Koreshan.
Here is my favorite of the boats I saw. It was at a private dock. The house small and unlike many of the more upscale homes around it.
After I’d seen my fill of civilization, I turned around, headed back west and passed by the park and the land it owns on both sides of the river. Much more beautiful.
I guess this Great White Egret and Wood Stork are each pretending the other isn’t there.
What a face. How could anyone have suggested they bring babies? Or is that another more attractive stork?
The river passes under Rt 41, the Tamiami Trail, and goes right by the back side of Estero River Outfitters where they have a boat launch. More about them later.
Traveling west toward the gulf, the river continually narrows making it the sort of cozy water way I like most. No possibility for power boats.
Every time I kayak by here I think I should investigate this place but I have never taken the time. When I get back, I look them up. Apparently things have changed here recently. Check out their web page.
This is the sign in the picture above which I assume is their river entrance. Not the large dock of the Koreshan community.
This sign is hanging from a swinging suspension bridge over the river which I assume goes from one side of their property to the other.
Today’s wildlife is mostly turtles trying to catch a bit of sun in this dark river tunnel.
On my way back to the park, I snap this picture of the Koreshan Dock from the water. Apparently many dignitaries came by boat to the community. I wonder if the dock was more elaborate at that time?
About the Estero River Outfitters. Here’s a picture of their dock on the river at the back of their store which faces Rt 41, the Tamiami Trail. You can see the road’s bridge over the river in the background.
When I paddled by, I pulled up and asked a guy helping some kayak renters into their boats about whether they did repairs on boats and racks. He said yes they did. So when I got back to the park, I took my kayak out of the water, put it on the hullivator and went over to the Outfitters.
This seemed the perfect time to have someone check the placement of the hullivators, which David always did, check my rudder cable and replace the bungies which pull the rudder up and down and hold gear in place on top of the boat. My kayak is 20 years old and still going strong but I’d feel better having things checked.
Jeff takes a look and tells me the bars are too old and the pads not thick enough and $549 will replace it all. What else can I do? I can’t have the kayak falling off of the car. He orders the parts, says he’ll do it next day for free and call me.
Next day goes by and next day and the week-end and it’s my last few days here and no word. So I drive over to find out what’s up only to find Jeff isn’t working but his brother Justin who actually owns the business and is a master kayaker is there. He takes a look and says I don’t need to replace anything just some tightening which is what I thought in the first place. This is an honest man clearly. He refunds all my money since I had to pay up front to have the parts delivered. They have arrived and are specific to my 2002 Honda Accord so Justin is going to have to send them back. Amazing business practice. He comps me the cable check and the bungies, says every looks find. I go from $549 to $0 as my charge. He has made me one happy customer and I highly recommend that you go see Justin if you are in the market for a kayak or rack. Clearly he’s an honest buinessman and judging from what he showed me on my boat, knows his stuff.
Take that Murphy!!
HOWEVER – back to the on going hydraulic problem. There have been 4 techs work on it so far. The hydraulic motor and solenoid have been replaced as has the cable between the motor and the battery. No luck.
I call HWH about ordering solenoids and they tell me 4 to 6 weeks and $287 each. I go on line and find the one I need for $192 and have them send it to me. The campground host highly recommends a local tech called Rick the RoVing Tech. I give him a call and tell him my story. He’s very sympathetic, asks the right questions and has good reviews on line.
When the solenoid arrives, I call him, he comes out the next day. Nothing changes. He gets Frank from HWH on the phone – a miracle in itself – and they determine that the motor was wired incorrectly so I paid to have it wired wrong and now I pay to have it wired right and the back jack now comes up though about 4X as slowly as the other 3. The back slide now goes in and out – hallelujah. The front slide goes out but won’t come back in.
Rick says he’ll put the old solenoid on the retract slide since it wasn’t the problem for the jack and luck is with me in that all the solenoids are the same. Murphy arranges for the wire on the rusty jack to break off and make the solenoid useless. All those ocean front sites at Gamble Rogers for the past 10 years are definitely coming back to bite me in the rust.
SO I order another solenoid – $192 – and pay to have it overnighted since I now have only 2 days before I have to move. Tension builds, the plot thickens. The last step??? YES, Rick puts the solenoid in, the big slide comes in and out. I now have 4 jacks going up and down – though I fear one of them is still not right. Murphy lurks. Still, I have both slides going in and out. I feel like I’ve gone from a studio apartment to a mansion.
Thanks Rick for finally getting it all to work. Another recommendation if you are in this area and need an RV Technician. And on top of knowing what he’s doing, he’s an especially nice guy and really helped me out.
Last but not least in the recommendation department. Carrie gave me this book for Christmas and I finally got around to reading it and really liked it. It is a collection of essays about 25 women nature writers and their works from Dorothy Wordsworth to the present. At the end of each segment is a short paragraph on one or two other women who write in a similar subject matter. Very interesting and gave me a lot of new book titles for my list.
And so ends this visit to Koreshan. Let me know what you think of all of this.
I’m really hoping that the next time I’m here covid will be history and I can take the tour, watch the historic video, visit the market, listen to music in the concert hall and kayak the river many many more times. And maybe even visit the Happenhatchie Center.
But for now, it’s time to move to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park out in the middle of no where, nearly an hour to Okeechobee with 5 miles of that being the dirt entry road where 20 mph is seriously as fast as you’d better go driving a house. BUT there are DARK skies.
Good News!!! It appears to us, you now live a charmed life also!🤗ReplyDelete
Well sadly as you could see in the text of the notice on this blog things are not completely fixed. So whatever charm I've got hasn't happened yet.Delete
You got RV things fixed!! A fine way to start the Spring :-)ReplyDelete
Well not exactly. It looked like it at that point but remember I'm behind in my postings. And right now I still have problems.Delete
You know I love when you get out on the water. Happeehatchee looks like the kind of place you could work or volunteer. Seems Justin needs to have a talk with his brother. Sure glad that one worked out. And the others too. It's about time. I know that feeling of studio to mansion. Why is it that problems occur in the middle of nowhere. Oh, that's where we like to be. Damn that Murphy!ReplyDelete
All great points Gaelyn. I always love your comments. Thank you so muchReplyDelete
Looks like we both have a lot of problems in our rearview mirrors...ReplyDelete
Unfortunately for me, mine is in my rearview mirror yet. Glad yours is.Delete
I am sorry to say but that woodstork is one of the most unattractive birds I have ever seen. He would be the nerdy kid with the runny nose and a lisp in kindergarten. Love the turtles! That one needed a little boost up onto the log. xxxoooReplyDelete
And yet you like turkey vultures. They are pretty seriously ugly as well. But all are important in the grand scheme of things.Delete
Isn't it wonderful to meet helpful, honest people? We shouldn't have to be so refreshed by the experience, but we are! Glad you're on your way and hope you enjoy the dark skies!ReplyDelete
Yes it is too bad that helpful and honest isn't a given. Thanks for the comment. It's great to see you here.Delete
Glad that at least you're getting to the end of the hydraulic issues. HWH systems are very complicated, even for experienced techs. Makes you wonder what, if any training on those systems they get. It's definitely a roll of the dice to et a knowledgeable tech when you need one. Hope the final issue gets resolved soon. At least you ot your "mansion" back.ReplyDelete
Pelicans are my all time favorite bird. That's because they modeled them after me... :c)
Yes, I love the room the slides provide. HWH stuff is the most difficult I think.Delete
Oh, I love that Tiki shack - complete with a pelican! What a great idea. If I ever have a dock, I want that design. I am so sorry you are having bso much trouble with your repairs. David, we are channeling you! ❤️ Hang in and thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment and the good wishes Pam. Hope you get your tiki shack someday.Delete
Well, as I was reading, I realized that I wasn't sure where Koreshan State Park was located. Somehow I imagined north of Tampa. Whew! Looked it up on google and there you are south of Naples!! Almost down to Alligator Alley! Hopefully that southern location has boded well for your weather. Sorry that your hydraulic issues are still hounding you. Geez. I may have said this before, but has anyone in your myriad of helpful and not so helpful people mentioned replacing the motherboard for the hydraulic system. After years of issues, someone finally did that for us and everything has worked perfectly ever since. Seems it was wired incorrectly from the beginning. First time I saw wood storks was down there near Shark Valley. Ugly/gorgeous...who is to say. They are definitely weird looking, but then so are many other creatures of the Florida wilds. Hope soon things get fixed for you....ongoing problems are no fun at all>ReplyDelete
I tried to stay south of Tampa for January and most of February since all of Florida is not in fact warm but reservations are becoming much much more difficult in Florida State Parks with the huge surge in rvers. when I get back to Virginia where I hope to get this stuff fixed once and for all I will definitely ask them about the motherboard.Delete
Being on the ocean sure takes it toll on any metal. Congrats on finding a competent mechanic, they are a rare find these days. Enjoyed all the sights I am missing this winter.ReplyDelete
Yes, rust is one of my biggest problems. Good thing you have your own place for winter.Delete
If I hadn't seen that you still have problems in the present, I would have been so excited that things were 'back to normal'. I also am glad that you are persistent and got your money back for your kayak carrier. What a difference between the two brothers!ReplyDelete
Yes I will be very happy when things are all fixed. And you are so right about the brothers.ReplyDelete
Looks like a blessing you didn't hear back for days and found Justin when you returned - glad the universe was finally looking out for you! At this point it seems you've replaced (at least once) every power part on those hydraulics :-( Glad you at least had some time with your slides out and I remain hopeful that all are fixed for good. Short legged turtles and long legged birds make for fun times on the water. The old trees are so beautiful. Being stationary in Virginia you can get your vaccines done too!ReplyDelete
yes the whole point of canceling the Western trip was because the national pow Wow was canceled and equally so that I could stay in one place and get the vaccine before heading up to New England for the summer.ReplyDelete
Glad you got things fixed and save some money. As usual, great pictures. Allegra and I and our neighbor and her daughter were in duck for most of the week. It was cold but sunny everyday and we had the hot tub in the ocean. It was nice to get away. We also had our 9-month-old puppy Kona who was so much fun to watch running on the beach and chasing the waves.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment Lynne. Sounds like a great time at the beach. I'd love to be able to spend most of a week with Carrie at the beach. Not happening with two kids.ReplyDelete
Those birds look like real characters.ReplyDelete
They do William, standing back to back as if the other is not really there.Delete
So glad you finally got your slides and jacks working. Nice to know the kayak guy was honest with you about what you did/did not need even though it was his brother that told you otherwise... there's probably an interesting story there. The houseboat sitting on the dock was pretty creative. Some folks will do anything to avoid taxes.. wonder if that's why. Happahatchee center was interesting to read about. Little gems pretty much hidden from the rest of civilization.ReplyDelete
Great comment Roger thanks for posting it. I think you're right in both cases about the brothers' story and the center.Delete
Seeing your beautiful photos of the river, I do not understand why in the world we didn't kayak when we stayed at Estero last winter! Now I definitely want to return—if we can get reservations.ReplyDelete
So glad you found someone so honest and kind to help you with your kayak issue. I hope you find that all of your RV issues will be solved by someone equally honest and competent while you're back in Virginia.