A Day At Lone Cabbage Fish Camp
A group of current and former Orlando Sentinel staffers got together May 1 for an airboat ride on the beautiful St. Johns River. The occasion was a weekend trip to town by Sandra Fish, who was a reporter at the Sentinel in the early 90s and who now lives in Boulder, Col. We all thought it was only appropriate to take Fish to a Fish Camp. So she joined Mary Shanklin, Roger Roy, Mary Frances Emmons and me at a place called Lone Cabbage Fish Camp about 40 miles or so from downtown Orlando. There’s a great restaurant and bar with a menu including deep-fried gator tail. It’s a fun place to hang out after you buy your $22 ticket and are waiting for your boat’s number to be called. We got lucky because we drew Captain Gil as our airboat pilot. He’s quite a character, as you’ll see in the video. Woe be unto anyone who tries to impress Captain Gil with their own lame tales of trapping alligators, chopping down cypress trees or getting shot in the arm. Capt. Gil is a lifelong river rat. He’s seen it all, and you will not impress him. I love Lone Cabbage. Skimming along in an airboat above the marshes of the St. Johns is one of my favorite things.