Riverbend Motorcoach Resort

Panorama view from rear of Tony & Christine’s rental site

We popped down to Riverbend Motorcoach Resort in Labelle, Florida on the weekend to visit with our friends Tony & Christine who rented a site for a week just to see what Riverbend had to offer.  We spent a very enjoyable afternoon touring Riverbend.  Our main priorities for a good resort are location, cost, activities and of course the people among other things.  I know quite a few Tiffin owners who spend the winter at Riverbend and played pickleball there earlier this winter but Chris has never been there.  Suffice it to say she was very impressed with the layout of the resort which is only about 14 miles from Fort Myers.  Tony & Christie were negotiating on a lot next to the rental lot they had and should know by the end of this month whether they closed the deal or not.  The pool has four marked lanes for lap swimming and there are two hot tubs within the pool area as well, something that Tanglewood does not have.  They also have four new lighted pickleball courts, a tennis court, a dog park, remote control car track, electric model train outdoors and a nice clubhouse with restaurant.  All sites are paved or bricked and many have drive in views of the lakes within the resort.  Each site also has a coach house as well, so great for company, etc.  Very, very nice.  We had a very enjoyable afternoon complete with lunch and a walk with the dogs.  Teddy certainly liked the surroundings.  Lots of new smells and of course other dogs so he was in his glory.  Riverbend is certainly one of the premier resorts in Florida.

Live Oaks in the resort on the Caloosahatchee River

Chris spent the day in Lake Wales attending a serger sewing class at the town’s quilt shop yesterday.  She and Christine drove up and spent most of the day in Lake Wales while Teddy and I stayed home.  It rained quite heavily in the morning but the sun came out in the afternoon so Teddy & I took advantage of that and went for a walk.  I also spent some time puttering around in photoshop on the computer.  I still have photos from various locations this winter to sort through in Lightroom before post processing them in Photoshop.  Here’s a new one from Tampa.  A little tiny rookery less than 3 minutes from our hotel in Brandon while attending the BirdAsArt seminar earlier this month.  Wood storks aren’t the prettiest of birds but I do find them fascinating, especially their almost prehistoric looking heads.  This shot is pretty much right out of the camera as framed.  The only thing I did was clone out another bit of branch in the lower left area of this image before running it through Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro and finally a bit of sharpening.

Wood Stork Perched

I played a little pickleball this morning before taking Teddy to his advanced agility class.  Chris is at an all day quilting class at the main clubhouse.  Stewart’s Mobile RV is coming later morning to install our new awning arms.  Our four year old Keurig coffee machine finally gave up the ghost on us so we took advantage of a 20% discount coupon and bought a new one at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  This new one certainly performs much better than our old one and even cam with a water filter in the water reservoir, something our old one didn’t have.