Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dinner Island Ranch - 01/15/12

We departed the CampingWorld store in Fort Meyer, Florida at 8:30 a.m. Our destination is a Florida Wildlife Management District that offers free camping at Dinner Island Ranch, which is located about 23 miles east of Immokalee, Florida.

We discovered Dinner Island Ranch on the blog: Our Travels, Gene & Sandy Teggatz. I had been following their blog for the past year gathering information on low cost places to camp in Florida.

We arrived at Dinner Island Ranch at 11:40 a.m. There are two camping areas here. One is located within a small shaded tree area and the other is located in a large open, unkempt, tall grassy area. There is no water, electricity or dump station available at this location. Campers need to exercise caution when entering the open grass area. There are potholes within this area and it is best to walk the area first to find a safe route to your campsite. Our plan is to spend one night here because we have to be in Naples, Florida on Monday.

As we pulled into Dinner Island Ranch, we noticed there were four motorhomes and one fifth-wheel trailer parked in a semi-circle in the open grass area. We decided we would spend the night in the open grass area away from the other five campers already there, so as to not intrude on them. As we were getting ready to set up our trailer, two men from the group walked over to our area. As we greeted one another, I asked: "Would one of you happen to be Gene with the blog?" Sure enough, one of the men was indeed Gene Teggatz. They invited us to park our trailer within their semi-circle and join them. We accepted their invitation and had a marvelous time the remainder of the day sitting around the campfire enjoying good company and great conversation.

Total miles traveled today: 58

Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!

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