This post represents another installment in The Big Switcheroo series – tales from last spring’s epic journey from the northeast to the Florida Keys and back – involving family, friends and an extraordinary range of adventures.
I commented in my last post how much Alan and I enjoyed the slow pace of our relaxing visit with Alan’s brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Joan, at their home near the Gulf Coast of Florida. That wonderfully slow pace would continue as we worked our way down to the Florida Keys, and that made us happy campers, indeed.
When our all-too-short family visit was concluded, we pointed our
truck toward the east and headed for our next destination – Ortona South, the
Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campground located at the Ortona Lock on Florida’s
We were drawn to this campground for a couple of reasons. The first is that we’re big fans of COE campgrounds due to the well-designed facilities and the low cost of camping. The second is that, as boaters, we love campsites on lakes and waterways, even if we don’t have our kayaks or power boat with us. At the Ortona South Campground, our site was right on the Okeechobee Waterway. But what was more interesting than the fact that we were on the Waterway is what was in it!