In defense of the guy who owns the Red Lion Inn: before the whole bridge debacle last spring, he was nothing but kind and generous to all boaters portaging over his property. He was generous enough to allow us to use the south side portage along the stairway and mini-lawns to put in below the dining area... Nothing but smiles and waves--really. Was he a little grouchy after the bridge blew out? Sure. I would have to agree with FrankC that the new RR bridge is most likely the highest quality bridge along the entire creek (with the exception of the 4-mile cross over, of course). Maybe this would be a good time for the county to step up and provide some support for reconstruction. This leverage might be used to allow for opening the right of way on the dirt road behind the Red Lion Inn and the Flagstaff Amphitheater--it's a nice, mellow climb on a dirt road that that the old lady at the bottom of the hill, whose house is by the gate, used to let us walk (not bike) through... Enough of history. This would seem like a good opportunity to, 1. get a decent bridge put in, and, 2. to maybe open up a great connecting route for cyclists/hikers to connect through to Flagstaff, Chautauqua... Pipe dream?