Wednesday November 30th 2016
Yesterday’s post got lost in the cloud. I found it and re-posted it. See Travel to Jetty Park.
Today set records in the area for the high temperature on November 30th. It was 86 degrees with high humidity. The good weather was bracketed by rain last night and again this evening. The rain prevented the area from achieving another record. The not so good driest November of record didn’t happen in this area.
I spent the day getting reacquainted with the park and the area. I first stayed here somewhere around 1985 and have returned several times. I think it’s about every 10 years. Port Canaveral has grown and improved a great deal during that time. The campground has changed significantly from the first time I was here, but not too much since the last time around 2006.
Last winter I came to watch the cruise ships depart from the port several times. My observation post on those occasions was deep in the port near the cruise ship terminals. Jetty Park is out by the beach along side the channel into the Atlantic Ocean. I expect to see many cruise ships leave the port while I’m here. They come in around five or six in the morning so I doubt I’ll see that event.
Today I saw one big tanker come into port. It was supported by two tug boats. One of the tugs was in an unusual position. It was setup to pull on the stern of the ship like a brake. The tug was facing in the opposite direction than the ships direction of travel. There was only one cruise ship in port today. It departed after dark while it was raining. I watched the ships lighted decks go by like a moving skyscraper from my RV home several hundred yards away from the channel.
The grand daddy of ship observations possible from this location is a submarine. Across the channel from the park is a US Navy pier attached to the Cape Canaveral Air Force base that is used for submarines. During one of may other stays at Jetty Park I had the opportunity to see one depart. I doubt that happens very often.
The fishing pier beside the channel where it meets the ocean is closed. It was damaged during hurricane Matthew. The banks of the channel beside the park are lined with the fishermen that would normally be out on the pier. The shore birds are gathered in the same area. I’ve seen Pelicans, Herons, Ibises, Storks and a few more that I’m still working on identifying.