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Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:29 am
by Black67
Has anyone on here heard of the Bonnet Pond airboat camp that used to be in the cypress off of L28 canal in what is now Miccosukee Land?
My dad was a member of this camp and I was wondering if it is still standing.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:51 am
by AceNtheHole
Tell us who was your dad. Maybe some of us knew him.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:37 am
by swamp_fever
yes the bonnet pond is still standing tall and still being used to this day are you one of bobby archers kids

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:09 pm
by Black67
No my dad was "Bird dog" (Larry Black Sr.)

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:16 pm
by Black67
I used to see a Bobby Archer on Facebook who was a deputy but I never got in touch. I always wondered if he was Robert's son
My dad's boat was the green and white Taylor with the real tall rigging.
I had about 50 pounds of pictures of airboating in the Sawgrass and lake Okeechobee, but lost them in a divorce.
Man I'd love to see some pictures of that camp as it is today.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:14 pm
by Scotty1
:rebel: Yep the bonnet pond camp is right be hind our camp . it has three members who are good people. :rebel: SWAMP FEVER HAVE NOT SEEN YOU OUT LATELY ,HEARD A RUMOR A WHILE BACK THAT ONE OF YALL WAS IN THE HOSPITAL ,NOT SURE WHO BUT HOPE ALL IS WELL

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:08 am
by Black67
That's good to hear, I had a lot of good times there when I was a kid.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:40 am
by swamp_fever
Yes scotty my cousin joe was in for A fib & congestive hart failure but he's doing fine now we were out there about 3 weeks ago doing some dock repairs
joe was with us

Black 67 was your dad Larry black that lived in felda about twenty years ago work for the power comp.
if so i live right behind his old house in felda
yes archer has two sons one is a deputy in LaBelle not sure of the other

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:51 am
by Black67
Yes sir, that's us, so you live in Dan's old house?

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:26 am
by swamp_fever
no some spanish family lives there now i live just behind dan's house to the south next to Jimmy King
Jimmy's wife nerita is my mother
I used to give janine & jannae a ride from the bus stop on 29 to the house their step sister would not get in the jeep though
stranger danger lol probably didnt spell the twins name right
I knew Larry had a older son than the twins there your half sisters if im not mistaking right
how's your dad and the twins doing

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:30 am
by swamp_fever
Next time im out i will swing by the bonnet pond and get some pic,s and post

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:07 pm
by Black67
The twins are the daughters of my dad's second wife, (close enough on the spelling).
The one who wouldn't get in the jeep was probably my full sister, Leslie.
David Taylor is one of my best friends, I go over to church rd all the time, I'll pm you next time I'm in Felda and we can share stories over a beer or three.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:09 pm
by Black67
My dad's on his 3rd marriage doing great except for getting old, and I know nothing of the twins these days.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:32 pm
by swamp_fever
10-4 sounds good

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:48 pm
by swamp_fever
I think the girl was from your dads 3rd marrage Regeina or something like that your dad sold out about 3 or 4 years after we moved to felda
didnt know he airboated though I knew Dan Walker who lived next door to the east of your dads house airboated his camp was the poinciana trail camp

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:16 pm
by Black67
Regina was actually full sisters of the twins. Lol don't know why she wouldn't ride.
We moved to Felda in 1980, so dad must have sold his boat somewhere between 78 and then.
We used to ride with Bill McLellan, who was a shrimper, Paul Lawrence, Sr. (Well drilling), Rodney Summerall, and a few others that I was too young to remember.
Robert Archer had an 0540 on a red white and blue full deck that was about as bad a boat as you could want.
Bill McLellan had a 10 foot deckover with a nasty 200 angle valve and dad had the 3/4 deck Taylor with the 180 and nose bleed rigging.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:49 pm
by swamp_fever
I sure I've seen your dads boat its just been a long time ago I remember Robert Archers red/white/blue Im 4years older than you I had my own boat when i was about 12 or 13 it was a little peanut gore hull that was green/white was later painted orange with a 100hp cont.
I was headed to the landing one afternoon and Robert Archer came flying by me and scared the day lights out of me i did not even know there was another boat withen a 100 miles of me they were laughing there heads off when i got back to camp i asked my dad who ran that red white & blue boat
he said Robert Archer thats why i remember that boat
also paul lawrence jr is (paulj ) on southern airboat
Im sure my dad knows all of them :salute:

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:03 pm
by Scotty1
:rebel: Glad to hear that all is ok Swamp Fever, was worried it might have been your dad :rebel:

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:46 pm
by fishonhenson
Our camp was built by my dad when I was 5, I'm now 58. in 3a west of the governors camp

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:19 pm
by swamp_fever
Not sure i've herd of the gov. camp is that on the res. or out in the grass

Dads doing well Scotty we are hoping to git down before the waters gone not sure we will make it

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:33 am
by fishonhenson
Governor Claude Kirk had a camp built in west 3a, almost due east of the jet port back in the 60's. It is now Donnies camp.

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:51 am
by Scotty1
:rebel: sounds like it would be in big cypress ,turner river area north and east of oasis station and probably east of 11mile road :rebel:

Re: Old Airboat Camps

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:10 pm
by AceNtheHole
That would be Corndance.