On the river in a marina setting. Freshest seafood and herbs from their own herb garden. Music on certain nights and all day on Sunday. Funky fun! Wes had shrimp n grits and I had a crab cake (real crab/no filler). We shared a great salad with things in it like Chickory and a great $10 bottle of wine.
Choskoloskee Island and Everglades City are full of surprises. The RV Resort is over the top. The island is wildly beautiful; but those amazing Floridian Landscapers have been doing their magic here and there to give it some finish (note nicely balanced here and there). We are near the entrance to Everglades National Park and will be exploring Shark Valley, possibly taking a two hour tram into the heart of the Everglades, and taking an airboat tour. Meanwhile, it is so wonderful here with temps in the 80s and bright sunshine, that we have slowed down our usual pace and are actually hanging out at the resort, lounging by the pool, reading our books, and relaxing. Gotta get going through as there is much to see and do here. So much so that we are extending our stay for almost a full week. Might get in some fishing. To quote the tourism brochure for this area, "The Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands (from here north to Goodland) are a traveling fisherman's ideal destination. It is one of the most pristine and productive fisheries in North America." Gone Fishing!
We are a couple, now in our early 70's, traveling in a 34" Holiday Vacationer Motor Home. Wes is a GE pensioner who just ended a 50 year career, most recently consulting with the company. Joanne is a Public Relations specialist who runs her own "boutique" agency. Fall of 2013 will begin our 9th year keeping this travel blog. In the winter, we travel to and through Florida. We plan our route to include places of interest going to and fro and have included Williamsburg, Baltimore, Washinton DC, St. Augustine, Savannah, Charlestown, Myrtle Beach, Florida's Pan Handle, New Orleans, Atlanta, Me... full info
Rod & Gun LodgeThis place with a long roster of movie stars and presidents was a total surprise. Once, a private club, it has retained it's clubbiness and quirkiness (no credit cards). This place is totally shiniest wood - like the old Lake Placid Club. There are cabins a vintage swimming pool, and boat docking "on the river" out front.
Verandah - Rod & Gun LodgeWe're saving this for a special occasion; there are also cottages. Upstairs at the Lodge (which opened in 1864) has been closed off for fear of fire. The glossy wood throughout the interior is amazing.
Funky GrandeurThis is apt; for the Rod & Gun Lodge and for the entire island.
Our View at DawnWe lucked out with a water site. We have a huge deck, nice neighbors, and an amazing view of the Everglades National Park, wading birds, flopping mullets, and passing boats.
Wes at the Cool PoolSo far we have been using the unheated pool. There are three pools at Chocoloskee Island RV Park. It carries the Outdoor Resorts brand. Most of the lots are owned - like condos - many have water access, decks, docks and boat lifts.
Float BreakdownThe RV park was having an early Mardi Gras parade as we checked in. This float checked out when the axle on the boat trailer snapped. Very clever themes, costumes and almost a dozen entries in the parade.