Traveled out Marco River by way of Coon Key and through “Ten Thousand Islands” (figuratively and literally). When we turned into the channel for the Barron River , we had to travel 7 miles through tiny uninhabited islands. We are in the Everglades now. Everglade City is famous for BIG Mosquitoes (they can’t spray in the Everglades National Park, it would not be eco-friendly), BIG Stone Crabs (can’t wait till dinner), and The Gun& Rod Club where we are staying. Built in the 1860’s it is a step back in time. Cypress floors & walls, mounted trophy animals & fish, five presidents have stayed here (many celebrities from Bob Hope to Kate Moss). We bicycled up the river and bought Stone Crabs for $5 lb and smoked mullet and conch fritters. We will eat in tonight!
Booked an airboat tour for tomorrow! Goin’ Gator huntin’!