It was a couple of degrees warmer and there were slightly fewer clouds this morning.
I got up early and read the Florida statutes on establishing and running a Co-Op. Sheesh. A Co-Op shouldn't be that complicated - it's a bunch of people with a common goal investing in something together for the benefit of all of them and, as a group, taking responsibility for managing and maintaining the association and facilities over the long-term without a profit motive but with a motive of self-government and the personal satisfaction of a cohesive community.
The laws get complicated when a few unscrupulous business people take advantage of uneducated consumers OR when a couple of people within a Co-Op decide they should have more rights than everyone else. It's the political aspects of a Co-Op that make us not want to pursue an RV park ... and the legal/regulatory aspects don't help. But, as of today, we're still researching the possibilities of a group-owned RV community .... mostly because we believe in the character of the people in the RV-Dreams Family that might be interested. :)
It's much too early to put out any details .... since there aren't any. :) But I may do a page on our ideas, explain how a Co-Op works, and perhaps do a poll to gauge interest. We've already received a few emails wanting to know more. Well, that's enough of that for today.
We did our exercises, had some breakfast, and launched our Sea Eagle. Looking at the forecast, it doesn't look like we're going to see much sun over the next several days. And by the time we got on the water, the slivers of blue sky we had earlier were gone.
We paddled out the canal to Tampa Bay and around Panther Point. We headed into the cut-through to put us in the lagoons within the E. G. Simmons Regional Park.
Linda was bundled up and it looked colder than it was. We paddled toward a pelican.
We watched the pelican feed as it would leave the water, fly several feet and then plunge back in head first from just a couple feet in the air.
We enjoy just watching animals do what they do.
We went in search of manatees, but the tide was too low for them to get in the lagoon, and they are probably enjoying the warmer water up at the power plant Manatee Viewing Center a few miles away.
We did, however, see three raccoons feeding on the shore below the mangroves.
We continued to paddle around .... well, I did. It was one of those days when Linda's paddle didn't get wet. :)
We really liked this sheltered area back in behind a couple of islands.
We didn't see any night herons the other day, but there were lots of them today - both Yellow-crowned like this one ....
This juvenile heron didn't mind as we floated under it on our way back to our campsite.
We passed lots of fishermen and a few were doing okay. Some had caught small Redfish, but most were catching Sheepshead. We might have to splurge on some fishing licenses and more sturdy fishing equipment for saltwater fish. :)
Back at our campsite, we took the boat out and left it inflated by the side of our rig.
Then, it was a nice relaxing afternoon and evening. We don't make a big deal about New Year's Eve and rarely make it to midnight.
Fireworks are not allowed in the park, but we started hearing them from surrounding areas around dark. We watched sports and a movie and had our stir fry leftovers.
The booms continued for hours. They didn't exactly keep us awake, but they went on long after we went to bed. Excessive booms brought us out of our slumber, and we assumed that it was midnight. But we never raised our heads and just went back to sleep. :)
That was it for another day. Happy New Year! :)