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Feb 15, 2013 - The Gator Hunt

Two rainy days in a row, but yesterday gave Lin a chance to relax her back while I ran some errands and prepared her Valentines Dinner. LINDA NOTE: THE DINNER WAS TO DIE FOR; RIBEYE STEAK, TWICE BAKED POTATO, SALAD, HOMEMADE BISCUITS AND STRAWBERRY SOUFFLE! We did go back to Cracklin' Jacks for lunch. Frog Legs and Gator tail for me and scallops and catfish for my bride. Wish we could bring that restaurant home. Today we headed to the Everglades with no plans and no tours. Too rainy for old people to take an air boat ride. The folks at the...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 20, 2012 - Chokoloskee Island, FL (April 3-5, 2012)

Going on south some more, but not far, to Chokoloskee Island, near Everglades City. Chokoloskee is a small mostly fishing village, or for people who love to fish or for those who are searching for wildlife - birds, gators, crocs, bear, deer, and some spooky swamp monster that's a legend around. A store clerk told us she's lived there about 70 years or so and she's never seen "no old swamp thing." We didn't either. In the midst of these fishing shacks, cottages, and villas, was a very nice rv park, part of a chain - RV Resorts. Mostly...

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Feb 7, 2012 - at Chokoloskee FL; 15/151

120207-Tue-0 miles. Today we split a Cuban sandwich and fries at the Havana Cafe, for lunch. They also brought us chips and salsa. The salsa was good and hot. Then we went to the pool for about an hour. We were going to stay at this Chokoloskee Outdoor Resorts tomorrow night, but they will give us a refund so we are going the the Flamingo Visitors Center in the Everglades Nat’l Park. That is about as far south as you can get and still be in the center (east to west) of FL (not the Keys). It is about as far south as Key Largo, but about 35...

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Feb 6, 2012 - at Chokoloskee FL; 15/150

120206-Monday-0 miles. Today it rained off and on most of the day. We did send my camera off and hope to have the new sent to Chet, in care of Jack Thrush at his house, so I will have it for the Panama Canal. We just relaxed today, did our laundry, and stayed around the RV.

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Feb 5, 2012 - at Chokoloskee FL; 15/149

120205-Sun-0 miles. This morning went went to a park to see an alligator and then back to the Seafood Festival. Then we ate lunch and Jack & Susan went home. The park had Sunday sundae and we went. Then we looked at the laundry and I took a nap. We watched the NY Jets beat the NE Patriots 21 to 17, then went to bed. Thus I am doing this on the morning of the 6th.

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Feb 4, 2012 - at Chokoloskee FL; 15/148

120204-Sat-0 miles. Today we went to the Seafood Festival early, then went on a 10,000 islands tour from the Everglades National Park. I think we all had fun. We ate lunch at the Seafood Festival, then ate dinner at City Seafood. We didn’t see Tom & Marilyn, as we had bad cell service and when we did talk to them it was about 6:30 and they were almost home. They didn’t get to the Festival until about 3:00pm.

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Feb 3, 2012 - to Chokoloskee FL; 15/147

120203-Fri-We started today at 58628 miles and ended at 58670, for a total today of 42 miles. We had a new experience last night. Just after we went to bed we heard water. Then it got worse and Shirley went out as we thought it was our hose. Wrong! It was the campgounds feed line, leaking. We called and a bunch of people came and had to shut the water off to the whole campground, but they fixed our leak. So far it is still holding. They will fix it permanently today. They finished about 11:30 pm last night. We got to Everglades City and met...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Touring/Chokoloskee Island, FL

In the morning, we completed our now daily run, had a late breakfast, and rode the bikes to Smallwood’s Store – a historic point on the island. After a late lunch, we drove into town for our airboat ride. We had about a two hour wait for our tour so we walked around a little and visited a new very upscale RV park – right on the water. From the hundreds of companies offering swamp tours by airboat, Marty selected Speedy Johnson as our tour operator. There were six passengers on our airboat plus the captain. The trip lasted about an hour...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Touring/Chokoloskee Island, FL

Up at 8:30 AM - Gary went for his 4-mile run and Marty headed to the shower. After breakfast, we packed the car and headed to the Shark Valley section of the Everglades National Park. Along the way, we stopped at the two visitor centers for the Big Cypress National Preserve and checked their two campgrounds. Both campgrounds – Midway and Monument Lake - had plenty of sites available for rigs the size of ours but neither offered any services. Shark Valley is a 15-mile loop trail out over the Everglades – hammocks, grasslands, domes, and...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Touring/Chokoloskee Island, FL

Today, we slept in until about 11:00 AM – helped by the time change to daylight savings time. First order of business for lazy folks like us was a run. Marty covered most of the streets in the village. Gary ran a predictable two miles out over the causeway and back. Next were a lunch and more SEC basketball. Around 3:00 PM, we decided it was time to get a little active. So, we rode our bikes down to the Everglades National Park Visitor Center. It was small but the exhibits refreshed our minds on the facts of the Everglades. We also caught...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Travel Day/Chokoloskee Island, FL

We got an early start this morning (for us) and were on the road before 8:00 AM. By 9:30 AM, we were both ready for breakfast. Marty saw a sign for a McDonalds where buses were welcome. Normally the term “welcome buses” also means “welcome RVs”. When we got of the interstate and into the parking lot, we realized that we had been here before – on the return trip from Tampa in January. Maybe buses were welcome but parking was very limited. Luckily, we did find a spot and enjoyed our breakfast. Continuing on our journey, we followed I75 south...

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