Sunday, November 30, 2014

Enjoying the Florida Weather but Something is Fishy!

Before we left our little “Gem of a Campground”, WP Franklin, we managed to get in some kayaking with Mike and Terri on the Caloosahatchee River…


We also enjoyed a little dining with friends…L to R: Dee, Mike, Jim, Rick, Gail, Terri


Before we knew it, our 2 weeks was up and it was time to move on. We left WPF on Thursday, Nov. 20 and drove a whole 28 miles to our next location, Ortona South Campground. Love those short travels days! :)  Ortona is also a COE campground and is one of our all-time favorites.

Lucy is all settled into her site…#33, right in front of the fishing dock :)


Views of the grounds around Lucy. Once again, I think we got the best site in the campground! :)


That weekend, we met up with Mike and Terri and took in the Flea Market in Fort Myers before heading downtown to try Ford’s Garage for Linner. Ford’s Garage is a pretty cool and very noisy beer and burger joint housed in…what else? old garage, complete with a Ford Model T hanging from the ceiling over the bar.


The food was pretty good too :)


We also took in a Classic Car Show on our way to restaurant. The streets surrounding Ford’s Garage were closed off and all these cars, and many more, were on display. My favorite was the pickup truck, top row, 2nd from the left. It was gorgeous!

Classic Car Show

We joined our friends, Rick and Elaine, along with their friends, Dave and Debbie, for lunch and again, for Happy Hour one afternoon. Good times, good friends, good food, good wine :)


In between all our socializing, Rick enjoyed fishing.


He caught a few little Blue Gills, which work well for a nice fish fry :)


BUT, this morning he landed this one…a 28½” Snook! He’s still smiling :)


Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight?

This is our last day here at Ortona. Tomorrow morning we pack up and head to our winter destination, Water’s Edge Motorcoach and RV Resort in Okeechobee, where we will be for 3 months. We’ll miss Ortona, the beauty, the fishing and definitely, the sunsets.


Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. What great sites you have had at W.P Franklin and Ortona South!!! Looks like lots of fun catching up with friends and catching fish...way to go Rick:o))

  2. You guys just find the best sites :) Lucky to be among great friends as well!

  3. Those were great sites! Nice to be able to spend time with friends. Doesn't get any better than that!

  4. It's been fun spending time with you two. Glad Rick FINALLY got that big catch!!! Happily you won't be going too far away... we'll see you soon.

  5. was nice having you guys in the area but you won't be far we will be up to visit :) xoxo

  6. Trying further south for warmer weather? LOL. I've bookmarked the campgrounds you've been at for future reference, thanks!

  7. Boy is that a gorgeous sunset. This picking out the best site is getting to be a habit with you. I'm going to have to have you suggest sites for me before I book them. Definitely should have followed your lead and moved further south sooner. Congrats to Rick, that's Some big fish. Who cleans? Who cooks?

  8. Wow, what a great catch Rick! Enjoy that fresh fish dinner. Wishing you safe travels to Lake Okeechobee tomorrow too.

  9. Fun stuff- looking forward to a post from Okeechobee.

  10. Love that first and last photo in your blog. And the one with the big catch too, of course!

  11. Beautiful sunset, great catch there Rick, Dave has been enjoying his fishing too. Nice you're finding the best campsites, sure doesn't sound like life could get much better.


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