Saturday, October 26, 2019

Water Lines

The brown stripes on the road mark the limits of the high tide. That's how high the King tides wash over the roadway.  Interesting for Rusty with all those smells annoying if you dive and don't want salt water spraying up under your car. 
Those red dots which I illuminated with my camera flash, mark the end of Blimp Road which ends in a launch ramp for boats.  They put the reflectors in the roadway because more than one person has driven off the road. Most notably last year a tourist spent the night in her car after she drove off the end of the road afraid that if she got out of the car she would drown. That the water was only two feet  deep and she was one car length from the ramp never occurred to her  and she spent a wet night in her car afraid she was going to die. They found her in the morning and gallantly walked her up the ramp to safety.
Blimp Road has a thirty mile per hour speed limit for its entire two mile length which runs dead due north for its two mile length so you'd think there would be time to slow down and come a stop before hitting the water. Most people do manage it.  
Blimp Road is lovely at night.  The flats on either side are wide open and the breeze blows across the road just enough to keep the mosquitoes away. When there is a moon it's unearthly with moonlight reflecting off the salt ponds on either side of the road. 
And there's a reason they call it Blimp Road.  They fly Fat Albert from a pad behind locked gates at the end of the road, and from high in the air the blimp looks for smugglers coming across the Straits of Florida. Standing by the launch ramp you can hear the almost silent hum of its stabilizing engines  high in the sky at the end of it's rope.
Visible from miles away at all hours. After dark it carries flashing red lights:
The flat waters north of Cudjoe Key all the way out to an island on the horizon which looks heavily wooded but most likely is  a tangle of mangroves with little or no dry land at all. Not dog walking country then.
We have had a long dreary wet summer and autumn is going the same way with sudden storms and rain here and there. Beautiful to look at though: