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FlaFortCampster
09-14-2009, 06:42 PM
Just returned from a small trip to the Fort. Finally had beautiful weather with no rain!!!! The last 4 trips had included rain, so this was a nice change. As is normal for Sept., the Fort was very quiet. Many of the loops were closed and some had just a few campers.
Enjoyed a walk by the lake and nature trail.

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Always a welcomed sight.

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A great fishing spot.

The 300 loop was closed for upgrading. I walked thru from the back way (the nature trail road), so I was able to walk half the loop before getting chased out.
Here's a couple of shots of new plants going in and fill as this is one of the lowest loops at the Fort.

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New plants for 300 loop

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An empty 300 loop.


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Workers putting in new foliage. They were 7 gallon and it looked like 15 gallon plants, so they'll fill in quickly.

Still muggy and warm, but the morning was so bright and beautiful, I skipped the bus and walked back to the Meadows area.

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Here's the big reason so much of the Fort has lost foliage and is being replanted, this is the dreaded potato vine.

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The Meadows area is also quiet and it's actually a nice change from the normal crowd.

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Ahhhh, very peaceful.

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Great fishing right under this bush. This is right across the street from the 1500 loop bus stop, looking towards the 1400 loop.

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Here's a pavilion for picnics, grills provided. This is located just east of the pool, right by the tennis courts.

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This is next to the Bike Barn looking at the Meadows Trading Post. Loop 600 is to the right. So many options for recreation here.

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Only the Lifeguards were at the pool.

Didn't do online checkin because we wanted to see what loop we would be given. Sometimes, you get a free upgrade when the Fort is this slow. Ended up in the 1500 loop aka Cottontail Curl. Haven't been in this loop in over 15 years, so it was like coming home. The great thing is the canals are right behind the sites, so got quite a bit of fishing in on this short trip. Several beam, sunfish and a couple of big, ugly catfish. It's the first time I've caught catfish at the Fort.
They were stocking the canals with fish on Wed. and Thurs., so the fishing should be better in, ah, 2 or 3 years. :rotfl:

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This site has survived all the foliage removal. Nice and secluded although it's right in the middle of the loop. Site 1515 Site 1518 looks very much like this.

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This site backs up to the canal and has a slight runoff problems.

Head over to MK the next day. The crowd isn't too bad. Enjoyed the train ride and chat with the conductor.

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Wish the Fort Wilderness Line still looked like this. This is the Main Street Station.

I learned this is a retired trestle bridge from Florida, but still works and is used to move the River boat to back canals during hurricanes. It swings out to open the waterway for passage. It's located just past the Frontierland Station. Look for it next time you take the train.
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Is it my imagination or is the castle leaning a bit?????:scared1:

That's all folks. Until the next trip, one more shot for the road.

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LONE-STAR
09-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Nice report

OK GRUMPY
09-14-2009, 07:11 PM
WOW! That is so beautiful!:thumbsup2

Disneyforus
09-14-2009, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the nice report! Ahhh....can't wait until November to get here!

PrincessNP
09-14-2009, 11:39 PM
Great pictures! really interesting about the railroad bridge. So it is not longer used?

There is something so relaxing about looking at the pictures from the Fort. Thanks for sharing.

Born 2 Fish
09-15-2009, 05:40 AM
Love the fishing spot, I mean pics ! :thumbsup2
They are really nice pics.

Tri-circle-D
09-15-2009, 07:05 AM
Great job, FFC! :thumbsup2

Your photographs are wonderful!

It is hard to believe that the Fort can be so empty! I don't think there is a single person in any of your shots, other than the lifeguards at the pool.

Thanks for taking the time to post this report.

TCD

mrsscooter
09-15-2009, 07:27 AM
These are great pictures.........I looked at the castle, I dont think it is leaning.....but, maybe it is.LOL

JennisDisneyMom
09-15-2009, 09:52 AM
Aww seeing those pics brought back sooo many memories...thanks!!

auntie
09-15-2009, 10:21 AM
Looks lovely :wizard:..thanks for posting.

FlaFortCampster
09-15-2009, 06:38 PM
Thank you all. Glad you enjoy the pics. I sure do enjoy walking around the Fort and taking them. Even after 30 years, you never know what great shot you'll come across.

I wasn't kidding about Cinder's Castle. I swear the tower is leaning, kinda like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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My best guess is that the castle use to have a great view of the Fort. BUT, since the DVC built that monstrosity next to the CR, the castle is leaning a little so it can see the Fort. :confused3

jamie@dvcstore
09-16-2009, 05:01 PM
Hi FlaFortCampster,
I wanted to thank you for the report and the pictures. They are amazing. I really need to get back to the Fort soon and those pictures confirmed it! Thanks again. :thumbsup2
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liv luvs disney
09-16-2009, 06:17 PM
My best guess is that the castle use to have a great view of the Fort. BUT, since the DVC built that monstrosity next to the CR, the castle is leaning a little so it can see the Fort. :confused3

I wouldn't doubt it! :thumbsup2

Pinkee77
09-16-2009, 06:50 PM
Beautiful pics! Man I miss the Fort.

FWHappyCamper
09-17-2009, 05:43 PM
Thank you for the pictures of the sites in the 1500's. Every time I look at these photos it makes me want to go right now. we can not wait to get there. Until then we will have to settle for these wonderful pictures.:thumbsup2

lolafrances
09-18-2009, 06:27 AM
Thanks for the great report and the awesome pictures. The Fort looks so peaceful and relaxing. Can't wait to go back. Thanks for sharing.