Suki and I were going a little stir crazy Sunday, so I decided to go for a drive. I went north and crossed the Caloosahatchee River at Alva, a small town consisting mostly of cattle farms and single-family homes on overlarge lots. I’ll post some of those pics another time. Today, I’m concentrating on the bridge that took us back over the river.
It was chilly last weekend. Highs were only in the upper 60s. Terrific sleeping weather! It was wonderful diving deep under the comforter; I left the windows open all night. Unfortunately, it was also gray; there’s been intermittent rain for days. We need it, so I’m not complaining, but it did lend a rather dreary air to the photos.
The Fort Denaud bridge is 106 years old, according to the lady attending to it. She has a pretty terrific job; I contemplated applying for it as I drove home. She also told me there is only one other bridge like it in all of Florida. It doesn’t draw up to let the boats through; it turns sideways.
Here’s the sequence:
The lady walks out to the middle of the movable part of the bridge and does something with the controls on the right. You can see a metal box on her left. The pink thing is a scarf; it had started to rain.
The bridge begins to move sideways. She told me there’s a thirty-foot drop at the end of the road.
Here, the bridge is almost completely open and you can see the gigantic mechanism under it that makes it move. I asked her if she thought it was safe. From her expression, I don’t think it had ever occurred to her to wonder. Uh-huh. Built way back in 1910 or so? Right.
Here comes the boat. They know the bridge lady; apparently they go through here a lot.
And out the other side. My guess is the wood cribs on either side allow bridge techs to effect repairs when necessary. There is a ladder on the far end of the bridge; someone could climb up it easily, if need be. (All pics can be clicked to see full-size.)
And that was my exciting adventure last Sunday. 😉 Suki stayed in the car for this; safer for her. I snapped this after we got home.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday.