Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 8-9, Sanibel & Coach Wash

On Monday, we decided to drive out to Sanibel and Captive Islands to see if much had changed since we were last here, at least 25 years ago.  While there was some new shopping development, things still looked about the same, especially on Captive with the large named homes and South Seas Plantation Resort at the north end.  We had been to the resort a couple of times, the second to attend my sister’s wedding as she worked there as a property manager.

One of the things we remember from our last stay was eating at the Mucky Duck so we opted to give it a try for lunch – it’s now been there for 41 years.

One of it’s claims to fame is being a great place to watch the sunset and with west facing glass and outside seating on the west side they can provide many patrons with that view.

They have a modest menu (21 lunch entrees) that provides a good variety and I’ve always said that if owned a restaurant, that is the way I would do it and make them all very good.  After a careful perusal we did something that I believe was a first by ordering the same thing – the (fried) Crunchy Grouper Sandwich for $17.95.

It was a giant piece of fish on a regular sized burger bun so it was a full bite all the way around before contacting any bread – just the way I think a sandwich should be made, especially a burger.  Everything was delicious and I left there stuffed - even Pat and Bev finished their sandwiches.

The other reason I wanted to drive down into that area was to make a stop at Skip One Seafoods (market & restaurant) as it was rated the best in the area.  

As it turned out, they have their own fishing boat(s) so the fish was very fresh and what they caught themselves had not been frozen.  The shrimp was even preservative free which is what I was looking for – we’d eaten some boiled peel and eat in Marco and my fingers were stinging by the time I finished.  We ended up buying shrimp, grouper, and swordfish to have here and when we move to our next stop.

The next day, I finally broke down and hired The Detail Freaks to detail the outside of the coach which included washing, waxing and the wheels.  The first three are the before then after shots – the wheels were in especially bad shape.

Wow. I cannot believe how much better it looks and while it was pretty pricey, the coach definitely deserved it.  

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. One of my favorite places in the whole world! What a great trip and wonderful eats. I bet it's busy down there this time of year :)

  2. Would you believe that for all the years I've lived off and on in Florida, that I've never been to Sanibel and Captiva. Looks like you are having a good time. :D

  3. When we used to visit FL regularly, we'd stuff ourselves on Grouper sandwiches... yum! Your RV is looking pretty darn nice - sparkly. Reminds me we need to schedule a wash and wax for ours. Ours is looking a little neglected.

  4. Gotta love the grouper and fresh seafood, glad you enjoyed it.
    Your coach looks amazing !

  5. Larry, A clean RV Coach is a Happy Coach! Looking good! As for that grouper sandwich, it looks terrific! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. That is definitely some really good 'eatin' down there on the coast.... I love seafood when we go to Ocean Isle Beach ---and know that it is FRESH there!!!!!

    The RV looks awesome.... Bet it is PURRING and saying THANK YOU after that bath!!!! ha


  7. Man! That fish sandwich looks AMAZING! They did a great job detailing the coach - it looks fantastic!

  8. Lots of people eating in shirtsleeves, so it must not have been too cold at that time. The news looks like it could be a little different this week. Cleaning the RV must have been rather pricy, but it sure looks good...until you start driving again...Happy Monday, Larry!

  9. I've been to the Mucky Duck and thought it was a fabulous experience. Food and sunset. And lucky you! To be able to go to that seafood market.


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