Everglades City, Airboats R Us

Yesterday we arrived in Everglades City, a town at the end of Highway 29 in Southwest Florida. We left the Gulf of Mexico and idled up shallow Indian Creek about five miles through a narrow dredged channel to this charming and rustic town.

It is the former county seat of Collier County, but in 1962 after Hurricane Donna caused massive destruction in E City, the county seat was moved to Naples. (So all of the lawyers left!) Hurricanes since then led many residents to seek other opportunities. It is now a small tourist-oriented town on the edge of the Everglades.

One of the airboat companies in E. City
Airboat passing Everglades Isle

We reserved one of a handful of larger slips at Everglades Isle Motorcoach Retreat, which two fellow Loopers at Faro Blanco Marina had recommended highly. One claimed the RV Resort Marina is the best kept secret of Florida’s west coast. It is a beautiful property and is maintained meticulously by caring staff.

Low tide on our floating dock.

Rhonda, Mark and Mary took part of the afternoon for a driving tour of the Everglades, while Rick worked aboard R&R.

Smallest USA Post Office
Cormorants in a tree

We booked a late afternoon narrated airboat tour in the nearby Everglades National Park. A fast and exciting way to see the natural beauty of this estuary. The airboat tour company told us the state might close them down indefinitely to avoid spread of COVID-19. Lots of unknowns.

An osprey high in a mangrove tree.
This friend emerged from the mangrove roots.
Crazy fast airboat ride!

Josh, our airboat captain, told us that most of the local stone crab fleet has been idled because state-closed restaurants have reduced demand for its harvest.

We continue to learn more daily about the COVID-19 virus and its effects on our lives, families, work, and world. It is affecting our plans, but despite these uncertainties we are striving to make sound choices, avoid fear, and have a spirit of power, love and self discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

2 thoughts on “Everglades City, Airboats R Us

  1. Love the pictures and sense of calm! Some of my FAV people! Glad you weren’t gator bait! Any new gator purses?

  2. Love your posts!! Stay safe & keep the faith!!! We’re starting to head North Monday!!

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