Anne & Tom Explore Florida travel blog

Our site on the canal

The streets at the RV Resort looked like a town

Jackie a very well behaved dog across from us

The canal from our RV's roof

One of two eating establishments on the island

THE church

 

The other restaurant

Anne doing her weaving

Winding a bobbin

winding a bobbin

Finishing up the fringes

 

Farmer's market

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodies

Husking fresh corn in February!

This museum was a short bike ride away

The store

From the early 1900's

The post office was originally here

 

A replica of Mr Smallwood

 

 

Kayaks ready to travel to the launch site

Launching

Into the Turner River

Slack tide as the tide turns

 

Back along the Turner River

In Turner Lake

 

Our route on the GPS

Going home


The RV Resort we booked at Chokoloskee Island was a real contrast to Flamingo. The streets were paved and lighted just like a city. Our site was on a canal with a water view of other sites and the motorboats at docks. The canal was land-locked with a lift to get the boats to the ocean. Our kayaks were too small for the lift, so we had to wheel them to the launch site a short 4 minute walk away.

We had a great paddle seven miles round trip up the Turner River. We planned it so we went in on the tide and came out on the tide. At the point when the tide turned, there was a magical stillness.

There was an annual RV'ers bazaar with a farmer's market where they had fresh corn, onions, radishes, and other crops. Anne found some fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

Tom visited the historic "Smallwood Store" which had been run by Mr. Smallwood. It had a lot of original merchandise and advertising material.

Chokoloskee is a very small island and was actually "constructed" 2000 years ago by the Native Americans who dropped their oyster shells there and over time the mangroves turned the shell mound into an island.

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