Monday, October 12 – We moved over to the Gulf Coast of Florida this morning, stopping at the W.P. Franklin Campground in Alva, FL, which is just outside of Fort Myers.
The campground is almost completely surrounded by the Caloosahatchee River with just a narrow stretch of land connecting it to the shore. This is a Corp of Engineering park with 50 amp electric and water. The streets and campsites are concrete with nice spacing between the sites. We have a nice patio, fire ring, grill and covered picnic table. There is also a dump station available. They accept the America the Beautiful discount card so with half off we are only paying $15 per night. :-)
There are actually two camping areas. We are right on the water in Site #22 and feel this section has better spacing between the sites and is less crowded. We have one of two pull-thru sites. There are three pull-thru sites in the other loop, but they are not water front sites. So we recommend Site #22-30 if available. We talked to a neighbor and he said it is nearly impossible to get a site here in the winter.
There is a boat ramp here, and it is very busy. People are boating, fishing for Mullet and Tilapia, kayaking, etc.
After getting set-up, we headed back into town to get groceries and to fuel the truck at $2.23/gallon. Upon returning to the CG, Marsha had some laundry to do so Paul relaxed along the shore. He had Bella, our cat, to keep him company and another friend stopped by to say hello......a Manatee!
How neat is that. He was enjoying lunch of lily pads. A fellow stopped by and said it is unusual for them to be here. We are up river of the lock and dam, and they usually are out closer to the Gulf.
We will be here for five days so stop back and see what adventures we find.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!