Army Corps of Engineers
Ortona South Campground
After 10-days at Disney we were ready for a quiet campground off the beaten path. We knew just the place…The Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds on the Lake Okeechobee Waterway in south Florida.
Our first stop was to W P Franklin campground in Alva, Florida near Fort Meyers where we stayed for 3-nights…..3-nights because that was all we could get. Last May, after we made our Disney Plans, I went online to reserve a post-Disney campsite knowing that we’d want a long quiet stay somewhere warm to wind-down. We had stayed on the Okeechobee Waterway last Christmas so I knew that these Army Corps Campgrounds were wonderfully quiet and in out-of-the-way spots……apparently so does everyone else. Last May, the Franklin campground (which only has about 30 sites) was already booked solid for November! I took the only 3-nights there that I could get because it is such a beautiful place; every one of the campsites is right on the waterway. No wonder you have to stand in line to get one.
After our stay at Franklin, we headed inland along the waterway about 20-miles to my next reserved spot: Ortona South- another Army Corps campground near LaBelle, Florida. We were also lucky to be able to book 14-days here last May….at senior pass prices that’s only $11.00 a night. Ortona is also right on the waterway. Some sites have water views. We opted for a more private site across from the waterway with a marsh pond behind us. Also behind us is a large cattle ranch. We stayed here last Christmas so I knew all about the ranch but I still get a kick out of seeing cattle grazing among palm trees.
Our daily walk takes us close to a favorite grazing spot. These cattle and their bird friends seem to be as fascinated by us as we are by them …. or maybe it’s Andy.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I am really in the “Thanksgiving” spirit because of a super good book that our 7-year old granddaughter Jilly and I just finished reading. We read together every night on the phone….she lives in Connecticut and this way we are able to spend time together even though I may be thousands of miles away.
Our Thanksgiving book was “Junie B Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten and other Thankful Stuff”.
“And I tell you, I love this Kid! (this is Junie B speak)…puts Thanksgiving in perspective and if you don’t like something they make you eat you can always spit it in the sink!”
Lucky for me we are flying home for Christmas so I’ll only miss this one important family holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving and Thanks for Riding Along,