Maneuvering Trailers in RV Park

Yesterday, Martin called in the morning and invited us to take our walk to their house for some strawberry-rhubarb pie. We left about 10:30 in a strong, cold wind. Martin and Betsy have rented a house just past the grocery store for the winter so it was not a long walk. We had a delightful few hours eating pie and talking.

As we walked back into the RV park we saw a trailer parked along the road.  The pickup truck looked like our neighbor’s across the street.  When we continued down the road we could see an RV blocking the road and some people standing around.  They saw us too and another neighbor, Jim, zipped up in his golf cart to take us home.  They needed us to move our car so they could maneuver the new, huge fifth-wheel trailer into its space.

b New Fifth Wheel Trailer
Parking New Fifth Wheel Trailer in RV Space

Even after I moved the car and the pickup could move into our space, it took a long time to get it lined up just right. The delivery guy was in and out of the truck making adjustments several times. That thing is 41 feet long.

b Fifth Wheel in RV Space
Parking New 41-foot Fifth Wheel in RV Space

The woman was so nervous, she couldn’t watch.  She was was around behind another motorhome and peeking around the corner now and then.

b Nervous Wife
Too Nervous to Watch the New RV Being Maneuvered Into RV Lot

It is not normally a big deal for an RV to move in or out of an RV park but, in Key RV the roads are so narrow that it is a major event.  A crowd usually gathers to observe and assist. I moved our car and they were able to work back and forth a number of times until they got the huge trailer in place.

Most of the RVs in this park are in place permanently.  They even have rooms added on.  The rest, like us, come for the winter. So it was a big surprise today when another trailer came in to replace a motorhome.

b Fifth Wheel Backing in RV Lot
Backing Fifth Wheel Trailer into RV Space

Again, a crowd gathered.

b Spectators Watching Trailer Parking
Spectators Watching Trailer Parking

I picked what may have been my last batch of small tomatoes for our meal today. The sun was coming through the window behind the sink when I washed them in the colander. I loved the sunshine on the tomatoes and turning the colander red, so I got the camera to record it. The tomatoes themselves were a little washed out.

b Tomatoes in Colander
Tomatoes in Colander

Here is a closer look at the little red, orange, and yellow jewels.

b Closeup of Tomatoes in Colander
Closeup of Tomatoes in Colander

My favorite thing to do with these little tomatoes is make a salad with them, mini mozzeralla balls, finely chopped sweet onion, small cucumbers sliced, a lot of basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Plus a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I served it over a bed of Romaine.  This picture does not have the balsamic on it.  Andy doesn’t like it so I pour it onto mine after serving.

b Tomato Salad
Small Tomato Salad

We lost our internet connection again, so I spent entirely too much time messing with that today. Even so, we did get in our walking miles. Here is a sight I had not seen before. The Snowy Egret was roosting on the float at the entrance to our canal.

b Snowy Egret Roosting on Float
Snowy Egret Roosting on Float

While I was taking pictures, the egret took off and flew across the canal to chase the Tricolor Heron off the rocks.  The heron moved to the outboard motor on a boat in the canal.

b Tricolor Heron on Outboard Engine
Tricolor Heron on Outboard Engine

On another walk around the park, we went to the picnic area on the far side of the canal for a better look at the birds on the flats at low tide. This Great Blue Heron had a fish.  It would not stand still to pose for me because several other herons wanted that fish too. So it is a little fuzzy.

b Blue Heron with Fish
Blue Heron with Fish

These Great White Egrets were performing a synchronized fishing routine. I took several pictures and they were always in matching poses.

b Two Great White Egrets Fishing
Two Great White Egrets Fishing

The Tricolor Heron flew past us and landed in the mush by the mangrove roots.

b Tricolor Heron in Mangrove Roots
Tricolor Heron Among Mangrove Roots

36 thoughts on “Maneuvering Trailers in RV Park

  1. bowmanauthor January 24, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Wonderful pictures to tease us Nor’Easterners with 2-3 feet of snow! lol Your sunshine and pie warmed me up!


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      We hear, or repeat, a regular exchange here. One person will complain about how cold and rainy the weather has been. The other will say, “At least we’re not up north”. Or something similar along those lines. We are so lucky to be here and look at the snow on television.


  2. Remember Me January 24, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Great photos. How do you get all those birds to pose for you?


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you. But, you have not seen all the bird butt photos, or all the one halfway in the photo, or the ones that are out of focus, or the ones with no bird, just sky.


  3. lorigreer January 24, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Love the photos and the narrative. Well done!


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you! I am flattered that you like the narrative; usually I just get comments on the photos.


  4. Thumbup January 24, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    That poor lady sure looked nervous! LOL! Love the pictures!


      • Thumbup January 31, 2016 / 11:29 pm

        You’re welcome! Love your rving posts! Like travelling without leaving home!


      • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 11:49 pm

        Great! That is my objective. Stick around; we have great travel plans for the summer.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Thumbup February 1, 2016 / 12:39 am

        I’ll be there!


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks. It is fascinating to see the sames one hanging around and observing their behavior.


  5. Bernadette January 25, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Very pleasant piece of the world you have there. Thanks for sharing it.


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Yes, the keys make for a pleasant winter. And, you are welcome!


  6. Debbie January 25, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Oh, I am sooo jealous of those beautiful tomatoes! Your salad looked mouth watering, now I hope we can get to town and get fresh produce! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Hi Debbie! That salad is great and I love using home-grown tomatoes. But, I have discovered that small tomatoes are usually pretty good from the store; better than the larger ones.


  7. Tasha January 25, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Great Pics! The salad looks yummy. So who’s RV was being parked there that day?


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      That salad was yummy! I don’t know the names of the people in the first RV; we have only said hello to each other, but not exchanged names. We have not met the people in the second RV yet.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Lynz Real Cooking January 26, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    sounds like a fun and relaxing day, eating pie with friends, walking and then watching a big huge rig being parked there! The salad sounds so good, that is my favorite type of salad and fresh tomatoes. I need to pop over and share your day 🙂


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      Funny. When I posted that picture of the salad, I thought about how weird it looked with the light shining in and through the green plastic Tupperware bowl. Not very appetizing compared to the great photos you foodies post. I sure tasted great though!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. bayphotosbydonna January 30, 2016 / 9:02 am

    When a new arrival comes into a campground, my husband loves to watch the maneuvers to get one into its site. Probably more a man thing than a woman’s, lol. Great captures of the birds, I love the GBH with the fish. Looks like one of those pipe fish. I can just imagine him trying to get that thing in and down his throat! I watched/photographed a GBH one time for 45 mins, which was how long it took him to figure out how to get his huge fish he had caught in his mouth and finally get it down. I got a little worried he was going to choke, but he prevailed. Seemed like too much effort for me, lol. 🙂


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      It is amazing to see a bird swallow a fish whole. We have seen the shape of the fish going down the neck. I do recall seeing one struggling to swallow too. It took several gulps to get it down.

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  10. Little Voice January 31, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Great pictures. I’m impressed that you know the names of all these birds.


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks! I have bird books and look them up on the internet if I can’t find them in the books. We have been winterng in Florida since 2001, so I should have learned a few more by now!


  11. hitandrun1964 February 20, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Wonderful photographs. The Snowy Egret is beautiful as are the herons.


    • Dinata Misovec February 21, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Thank you. Having lived most of my life in Maryland, I never tire of watching, and taking pictures of, the beautiful and large water birds.


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