Chokoloskee, Florida

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This was the first change to our itinerary. After talking with other campers at Sugarloaf Key KOA we changed our plans. Our plan was to spend 3 nights at Festa Key KOA, which is closer to southern Miami. They said that, on weekends, the Cubans from southern Miami come down to all Festa Key campgrounds. They overload the camps and are not very friendly. Also, you have to keep everything locked up.

There was also a power boat race in Marathon and it was going to overload that area of the keys with people.

So we headed to Chokoloskee a couple of days early. Chokoloskee Island is on the western edge of the Everglades.

On the way over the highway paralleled a canal. We got to see quite a few alligators from the motorhome. Mom saw more than I did!

We planned to stay here for 3 nights, but the mosquitoes were impossible.
We only stayed for 2 nights.

Our campsite at ORA. It is similar to Melbourne Beach ORA.
Except, there is no beach here and everyone who owns a site is a fisherman and has at least one boat. The Everglades National Park is across the bay on one side of the island and a river which leads to the Gulf of Mexico on the other side. So, besides fish in the water there are alligators, many birds and millions of mosquitoes.

We had a great meal overlooking the bay and watching wildlife.

This guy was sitting on a post outside the restaurant. He was waiting for fisherman to come in and give him the left over bait.

Most of the campsites had docks. Here is just one view.
We took an inside site, but were able to look out on the river.

After an afternoon rain storm.
A real interesting cloud formation caused by the setting sun.
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