The Sportman’s Lodge

The Sportsman’s Lodge.
While I was in Apalachicola we decided on doing an airboat tour Wednesday morning. Our guide, Larry, took us out to some sandbars at low tide where we watch 12 Bald Eagles feeding on fish! We also went to an area loaded with gators for some great photo ops. He asked if we would be interested in shooting some peacocks, and of course we said yes! We crossed the bay to the Eastpoint side where we ended up at the Sportman’s Lodge. I have eaten at their restaurant but never stayed there. We did some images of a male peacock strutting his stuff and then met the owner, Bob Allen. Bob was a Marine who served in Korea before eventually ending up in Apalachicola some 40 years ago.
Bob told us the story of the lodge and how he had a part in the driving of each nail in its construction. Bob was a fascinating man and is exactly why I love the area down there so much. He could have said he didn’t want us running around his place since we weren’t staying there, but instead he welcomed us and even allowed us to use the facilities there. He said he does what he does hoping he can be an example to other folks, especially the young folks. He and I discussed how it would be great if all kids around the time of their graduation from High School would be greatly served by going to Parris Island and Boot Camp for at least 4 weeks. The Bay area is going through some tough times and drugs have ruined a few lives down there, but Bob is doing his part to make it a better place through his kindness and example. I know the next time I am there I will at the very least go support his business by having dinner there and possibly staying there for a day or two. Semper Fi Bob.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, handheld due to the nature of traveling in a small boat, Vibration Compensation in Mode 1, MindShiftGear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear

3 Responses to “The Sportman’s Lodge”

  1. The photo of the Peacock is amazing! Of course I always love a photo that contains both the national Colors and the Marine Corps flag. I agree that a few weeks a Parris Island (in the summer months haha) would be good for the vast majority of kids graduating high school these days. Semper Fi Marines!

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