Saturday, February 11, 2012

Escapees Florida Sun Gators Chapter 57 Rally, February 7 to11, 2012

We left Sumter Oaks on the 6th, and drove to Camping World in Seffner, FL to get a new washing machine, and to go to the Chapter 57 Rally at Lazy Days Rally Park.  We had an 8:30am appointment for the washing machine on Tuesday, the 7th.  We had planned to spend the night in the parking lot, but Camping World said they would put us in a bay about 5:00pm so we spent the night in a repair bay.  A little after 8:30, a tech came to put in the washing machine.  Marilyn has used it three times since installation, and it has worked flawlessly.

I helped our treasurer register our arriving Escapees and chapter members.  The first event was a social hour.

DSC04460DSC04463DSC04467DSC04468  During the social hour we adopted everyone that had not attended a previous Florida chapter rally.


After the adoptions, the kids and their parents got to know each other.DSC04480 

Day one of the rally ended with a hotdog dinner.

On the 8th, we had a couple more adoptions.


Then it was time for 50/50 followed by Pete’s delicious hobo stew.



On the 9th, we toured Tarpon Springs.  We took a boat out to watch a demonstration of diving for sponges. Notice how the captain steers the boat with the tiller between his legs.


The lighthouse is actually a beacon for a shopping center.


Marilyn and I ate at Plaka Restaurant.  She had Spanakopita, and I had a Gyro with curly fries.


On the 10th, we danced to the DJ (Mr. Smooth).


Then on the 11th, as all good Escapees rallies end, we had donuts and coffee for hitches and hugs.


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