is the name of an "old Florida" place up the river from the River Cottage. it is an "old time-y" fishing camp where they have a restaurant that specializes in gator- today we went for lunch to sample the fare and make an evaluation of it as a possible place to take our friends when they come to visit us.
here are a few of the photos- this is a real DART (disappearing America road trip) style place and TB and I would be thrilled to have discovered such on any of our trips to "the past" on the various DARTs we have done over the years.
note the lodge script is spelled in stuffed snakes - LOL
gator head above and gator bites below (they were excellent as was the gator chowder!)
the screened porch of the restaurant
instructions on the toilets (located in the combined shower/ laundry room)
wall art (gator nose just peeking in the photo)
entrance- with the lodge spelled out in rope script (somewhat in need of repair)
the wall of FISH trophies
a million years ago- when I was around ten years old, our family took an ill-fated trip with neighbor families to a similar facility called Lake Riley. Lake Riley was located somewhere in West Virginia. the first night we stayed, there was a sizeable rain storm and the cabins leaked. one family turned hide and left immediately the next day. we stuck it out with the other one of the three families who started the journey, moving into a large cabin shared by both. and the vacation became legendary in our family. it turned out - of course I didn't get this as a kid- that this was a place guys usually came to toss back the brews and booze and get in a little bit of fishing- and could hardly be considered a family vacation spot.
we all lived to tell the stories and this visit to the Linger Lodge brought back the memory of Lake Riley all those years ago... so how cool is that?