Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Gem of a Campground

To all our Vets: Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you for your service!

We pulled into W.P. Franklin COE Campground in Alva, Florida last Friday afternoon and fell in love. We had always heard this was a very nice campground and in high demand so I had planned ahead and booked our site 6 months in advance. The campground is on the Caloosahatchee River and every site is on the water.  There are no bad sites, but I think we have the best site in the park, hands down.


Our site, #10, has water on 2 sides… our side yard


and, our back yard.



Rick is able to fish right from our site. (No fish stories to share…yet :))   We have a nice breeze off the water in the afternoon and it’s perfect for watching the boats go through the Franklin Locks, part of the Okeechobee Waterway.  Our friends, Mike and Terri, are volunteering at W.P. Franklin right now but they are across the lake in the volunteer campground. We can almost see them from here, but to get together we (or they)have to take a 20 minute drive around.

Today was one of those days :) We got together for the afternoon and visited Manatee Park


and, although the weather is still a little too warm, we were lucky enough to see a few manatee.


From there we headed into downtown Fort Myers to explore the waterfront and downtown area.


Of course, no day spent with friends would be complete without food :)  We had Linner at The Connection, where we shared an outside table on the sidewalk. The food was very good, reasonable and plentiful!


We returned home just in time to watch a beautiful sunset from the patio.


The end. Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. We sure had a great time with you two today. Linner was very delicious and filling. We're looking forward to more fun times with you while you're in the area.

  2. Wow what an absolutely fabulous campsite and that sunset is just gorgeous. I tried 6 mos in advance and must not have fast enough fingers. So glad you can show this to me. Many thanks. Glad to see Mike and Terri are still alive! :-)

  3. Glad to see you checked in on Mike and Terri and they are still alive and kicking, with all that workamping they've been doing.

    You site is terrific, I bet they might have to pry you out of it when it's time to leave. ;c)

  4. Just looking at the pictures of your site is making us jealous.
    Still some time before we head your way.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  5. Wow, what a lovely place! Have to keep that place on our list for the future :)

  6. Really glad to see you landed such a wonderful site at W.P. Franklin!!! Water all around...you just can't beat that:o)) Hope the fish are biting;o)

  7. That must be the best site. It is gorgeous.

  8. Gail, Dick and I visited Fort Myers years ago on our way to the Florida Keys. Is this COE park fairly close? When we make our next trip, which will probably include Florida, this looks like a place to plan to stay.

  9. Great park! We have meaning to get there for a couple of years:(

  10. That definitely is a perfect looking campsite! Great sunset photo as well.

  11. What a great spot, have to keep it in mind when we venture to FL.

  12. Yes, we agree, what a great campsite! Enjoy your time with Mike and Terri and your warm weather too.

  13. Looks like you got a good spot. How long will you be in FLA?


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