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Florida: Mid-Florida Winnies

May 19, 2017

Florida:  Mid-Florida Winnies

April−We celebrated our 43rd Chapter Anniversary on Apr. 10-13 in Daytona Beach. There were 29 coaches (55 people) in attendance. The campout was hosted by our chapter officers and all went very well – especially considering that we did not have the use of the campground kitchen.

We had an informal happy hour at the Roudebush campsite on Sunday afternoon. Six rigs were already there and everyone came to socialize. Afterwards, we all ventured out to nearby Ponce Inlet for dinner at the historic Racing's North Turn. The Bedfords did an excellent job of preparing a list of things to do in the Daytona Beach area, which included a good selection of restaurants.

Everyone else arrived on Monday and after settling in, an informal happy hour was held in the recreation hall. Again, many headed out after happy hour to enjoy some of the area's fine restaurants. Susan Kiefer took the lead on the evening festivities throughout the campout, which included card and board games each evening.

On Tuesday, we were on our own for breakfast and lunch. Thirty-nine of us lined up our cars in front of the rec hall and headed over to the Daytona International Speedway for a guided tour of the facility followed by the Speedway Museum. As we know, most tours end in a gift shop and this one was no exception! The tour was very interesting, running a good two hours before dropping us at the museum. We were able to see one car (Joey Logano's #22) racing around the track. Very exciting and fast-paced! We had additional time to sightsee the Daytona area and time for the dog owners to walk their pets. The campground staff prepared a delicious ham dinner with sides and beverages followed by assorted desserts and coffee. We were feeling very pampered.

Wednesday morning brought hot egg casseroles baked in five of our coaches and brought to the recreation hall. We were not sure how this would work out, but could not have been more pleased. Breakfast was served with juice, coffee, and various fruit salads brought by the members. Happy hour was scheduled for late afternoon which enabled everyone to continue to enjoy the area. Some of us went down to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and climbed the 203 steps to the top—what a view!! Our pizza dinner was served along with potluck salad sides. After the chapter anniversary recognition, we enjoyed the key lime anniversary cakes Richard Menge baked for us (and topped with ice cream)! As usual, the cakes were delicious. After dessert, the games ensued.

We gathered on Thursday morning for the traditional continental breakfast and to bid our farewells to all and safe travels!

By Jeff Roudebush