We left Bill Frederick park in Orlando on December 26. That was the same day that Shannon, Brian and Amelia headed for home. We had a great visit and can't thank them enough for coming to Florida. We were very happy to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big city of Orlando. As we drove south on Highway 27 we left the city and started to see sections of farm land. The further we got south the cites became smaller and further apart. After about 160 miles we arrived at Ortona South Lock Campground.
We immediately loved this place. There is no road noise and it seemed to be filled with quiet, respectful campers. We had good cell signal and good OTA TV. Like many COE parks the sites are large and the facilities are first rate. The only problem is that the cost is a bit high at around $30 per night. We did also have some noise during the day from a near by COE construction project that is being done to provide more water to the Everglades. It is difficult to get a reservation at this park. I made our reservation a couple of months in advance and we could only get 5 days.
|Nice size sites|
|Big Construction site next door for Everglades restoration.|
|Here is a shot of the lock door opening.|
|These two boats ready to rise to the water line you can see on the far wall.|
|The big white blog in the middle of this picture is a manatee.|
|This beautiful Sport Fishing boat was next coming in from the high side.|
We saw only two sailboats and a few nice trawlers coming through. It kept me entertained. Kim, not so much. I guess I just have boat on the brain.
|Beautiful trawler just exiting the lock|
|The black blob in the middle is an about 10 foot alligator|
There were some beautiful birds hanging around the canal. I did my best to get a few good shots.
|Mona Liza, Steve and Kim|