Well, we made it back from our Florida visit! What a great trip it was too!
I must say the highlight of the trip was to see each of these members that I have been visiting with for the last two years. Pete was a gentleman both on and off of the water. He and his wife were more than gracious enough to allow us to have a BBQ there at his house. If you want to see a smile from him, just mention the word FISHING, and he is raady to go at a moments notice. We found his wife to be a lovely hard working woman and a prime example of a spouce who also suffers along with their husband, full of worry and the unknowns of the future. Pete's mother was precious, and made us a cherry pie and Potato-Salad for the BBQ. She joined right in the conversations and made us feel right at home there.
Lindaloo!...what a peach she was! Giggly and full of smiles, with a genuine caring heart that could turn a lump of coal into a shinny diamond! Her husband, was rather laid back, but very approachable for a visit. I think Suzane met her soul sister here with Lindaloo, as we just could not tear the two apart.
Tmjpain and her husband were the perfect couple to stay with. What was our's was their's, and what was theirs, was our's. Red and I could be brothers, as our likes were the same, and he has a pretty good business head on his shoulders as well. Suzane and I are pretty connected at the hip, so of course we teased each other to death. She did very well, and her pain seemed to be on vacation while we were there.
We hit the Sponge Docks on Tarpon Springs, visited Walt Disney World, and walked the beach at Clearwater Beach as well. The weather was perfect for all outings, with 70 to 75 for a daytime high, and 45 for evening lows.
Of course we had to have a guys day out on the gulf and along the Crystal River. What a sight it was too! Me, Petey, and Red! Cigar's in one hand, and fishing rod in the other, and at one point all three of us peeing off the side of the boat in 1.5 foot of water! It amazed me that with the low tide the water was just enough for Captian Pete to maneuver the boat around the rocks. High tide as about 5ft and our lines were whizing through the air at lightning speed. Now, if we were there to catch Seaweed I was the winner by a long shot. Pete recognizes a neophyte when he see one, and simply instructed me to cast out and leave it alone, while him and Red brought in enough to match the five loves of bread to feed the people.
Pete landed a rather large Sea Trout, but had to release, since the season ended the day before (Darn!) All I kept saying was Wahoo!.. as we zipped through the water ways at 35mph on glass smooth water. It was a day I will never forget, and as for Captian Pete!....I would be a deck hand on his ship anytime!
Disney World was a great place to visit, and we made an all day event out of it. (Got home at Midnight) If you have health problems the scooters are a must, and Suzane and I were smart enough to pay the extra cost for them. If you hop on a ride and they strap you in to the point to where you cannot move, it might be a clue that it may be a rough ride. If you dont' believe me, just ask Suzane about it.
Clearwater Beach is another must on a persons list to visit. Now when you see a rope that says no Trespassing, it might be a clue that there is danger on the other side of it. My wife found that out very quickly and got whistled at by one of the Beach Guards. Of course we picked up a bag of shells, that will sit in the corner of the basement for the next 30yrs or so!
We rented a 3 bedroom house, and I highly recomend it if you can find the right couples to share it with. It was like living at home, and we had our own pool and a canal with our own dock. suzane and her husband were the perfect couple to room with. We set a plate for Privey at the table, and said Good morning to her every morning as we passed by it. Pete blessed us with his presence and spent the night with us one evening. We BBQ'ed Ribeye's on the grill, and had a wonderful meal. My wife did most all of the cooking, and we did not hear any complaints from Suzane or her husband.
If your headed to Florida for a visit, a GPS unit will come in very handy, and Mobile Phones are enough for photos if they have a camera on them. We even took some video's with our iPhones, and they turned out great.
I could go on and on here with our ventures, but I'm sure it would bore most of you. The main thing, is that if you get a chance to travel, make sure you travel to a place where one or more of our members are, and hook up with them. This was the sole purpose of our trip and I can personally tell you that we were not dissipointed in any way at all. We found all of them delightful to be around. Auntbuggy and Damouthy1, you are next on our list to meet, since you live a little closer.
We will send photos of our trip to whoever would like to view them. Just give me a jingle, and I will send them to you.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 2/4/2011 11:29:44 AM (GMT-7)