Jan 19, 2011

GLADES, GROUPER, GATORS

We continued our slow journey to the Keys on Monday.  We left Port Richey and drove the coach down to Moore Haven, which is just west of Lake Okeechobee. We are staying at the M RV Resort, a very nice full hookup park.  Passport America rates as well. We found this park by reading a recent recommendation in a post from 2 taking a fifth. The downside is there really isn't much to do close by but the people here are very friendly and it will make a good base for the rest of the week.

Today we decided to take a little road trip.  We headed south to Everglades City. We have been there before both with our boat and by land.  We wanted to visit the National Park visitors center and maybe have a little lunch.  It was a beautiful day in the 80's.  Definitely shorts and t- shirt weather.

















After Judy got her National Park passport book stamped it was time for lunch.  We drove on out to Chokoloskee but didn't find anything there.  On our way back through Everglades city we remembered a little fish market where you could order from the counter and sit and eat outside on picnic tables.  Since we had Mollie with us, and it was too hot to leave her in the car, this was the perfect solution.

City Seafood offers both raw seafood to take home, or they will cook it for you. We both opted for the grouper basket with sweet potato fries.


We had a front row seat on the canal that the airboats use to take tourists out for a little glimpse of the Everglades.  And Mollie even got to enjoy a little bit of grouper that Judy was willing to share.  No way she was getting any of mine!!   After our late lunch it was time to head back to Moore Haven.  As we were leaving we noticed a beautiful RV Park named Everglades Isles.  Strangely there was only one coach in the whole park.  Not sure what the story was.

On our way back we noticed that the gators were out enjoying the afternoon sun. At first we stopped to look but soon realized they were everywhere.


We gave up trying to count them and headed back to M RV Resort  arriving just in time for happy hour.

One final note.  When we got back to the coach I looked up Everglades Isle.  Daily 125.00 to 155.00, weekly 790.00 to 950.00, monthly 3,000.00 to 3,600.00.  Or if you would like to own your spot, they start at only 168,000.00.  Wonder why there was only one coach there?


Until later.

6 comments:

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Wow...what a pricey place. At first we thought it was because of the gators everywhere!

We are checking out many of the parks here while we are visiting Florida and will be reviewing them all on our blog soon.

John and Ellen said...

Really good post. We just came through that area ourselves and found Everglades City to be very pretty. As for the “Everglades Isle”, I guess we will stick with the COE campgrounds for a while longer. It’s funny what you said about the area (Lake Okeechobee vicinity) where you’re presently camped, we didn’t find much to do there either. We stayed over at Ortona and W.P. Franklin and when we went out exploring, we almost always headed east in the direction of Fort Myers or south toward Big Cypress/Everglades, etc.

John
relaxedrush.blogspot.com

Donna aka Froggi said...

Glad you gave "M" a try, like you said, very friendly place. Be sure to check out LaBelle. We didn't get there as much as we would have liked but here are two blogs where the folks did. Go back a week or two in each...

http://relaxedrush.blogspot.com
http://littlehouseonwheels.blogspot.com

Wayne and Maureen said...

We are coming to Florida Oct. 2011 and will visit the keys....nice pictures

Randy and Pam Warner said...

The Keys are on our 'must see' list. Some of those places are a bit too much $$ for us but I know there must be other options.

Great post! Great pictures!

GK said...

Deep-fried fish, sweet potato fries, temps in the 80s . . . not sure I should be reading this blog, especially when the temp went down to -17 last Sunday and today when I pushed Becky's car out of the snow after she got stuck while backing down our icey, snow-covered driveway.