On the way we encountered a series of low bridges. some were close clearance and others had to open. Some work on a schedule every twenty minutes and others open on demand. Much of this area looks like old Florida. Jan said she thought we were supposed to hail them on VHF 11 and so did I but the first one would not respond. We sat waiting and dealing with wind and current for a scheduled opening. Finally we noticed the bridgetender holding up a sign to tell us it was channel 9. When we got him on the radio he said we should come on but I replied that his bridge was listed on our chart as 18 feet at the center and our boat was 17.5 thus we were hesitant. He said read the rest of the sign which says additional 3 feet at center. How dumb can we be?
At one bridge we saw people standing on surfboardlike devices and using long paddles to move along. I guess it is good exercise but it is too cold in the water to do that balancing act.