A Week at Wauchula

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Peace River Resort

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

On the Sunday before leaving Pat's, we spent the afternoon and evening with our friends Ruth Ann and Frank, at their motorhome which they have parked in nearby Bushnell. WE always have fun with them, and as you saw in earlier entries, much of our fun revolves around racing. Not to be different on this Sunday, we watched the Nextel Cup Race on TV, and once again, to the great chagrin of those who'd betted otherwise, "Rose's Guy", Jimmie Johnson won AGAIN - the second time in three races. All pain and suffering was softened by the opportunity to celebrate Frank's Birthday one day early - with Strawberry Shortcakes (See Picture #1)- a perfect ending to a great afternoon and a fantastic steak dinner!
When we left Pat's Place on March 15th, we had just spent one day a dealership's repair shop getting the air dryer replaced (which keeps the compressed air for our air brakes dry and working properly)...thankfully, this was covered by our extended warranty. While in the repair/replace/maintain mode, we went to a tire dealership to have four new tires put on the rear of the house - at a cost roughly equivalent to a month's rent where we used to live.
By the way, some of you may be wondering how we're taking to this Southern lifestyle - well, we're finally used to seeing Grits on every menu we pick up (they're even on the buffets, morning, noon and night!)...we don't order them, of course, but we just don't find them as unusual and amusing as we used to! We still feel that people drive (and move) too slowly out here - maybe with time we'll do the same. Today, on I-75, is the first time we've been in stop and go traffic on an Interstate since we left California - we sure haven't missed that! The high temperatures combined with high humidity are becoming more stifling, and we find that we are both far more susceptible to the irritation of bug bites than we used to be, pre-California. Being surrounded by orange groves smells wonderful at this time of year - much as it did back home in California.
We moved to another one of our Thousand Trails Membership Parks - Peace River Resort in Wauchula/Zolfo Springs, Florida, about an hour and a half south of Pat's. A nice park, with wide spaces, and a laid-back atmosphere. Of course, we're anything but laid-back, so we immediately decided to go to another MLB Spring Training baseball game - this time it was Rose's old favorites The Minnesota Twins vs. Daughter Keri's Boston Red Sox at Red Sox spring home in Ft. Myers. It was a good game, even though the Red Sox won! (See Picture #2). As we had done before, we waited 'til we got to the stadium to buy tickets, and once again got great seats at a bargain price! After the game, we connected up with Greg's Cousin Claire, who leaves snowy Ontario, Canada every winter to spend time in Ft. Myers. (See Picture #3) We had seen her down here last year, which was the first time she and Greg had seen each other in 30-some years. It was fun catching up with her again, and we spent some time talking about the upcoming Pyke Family Reunion in Lucknow, Ontario, in July - which we're all looking forward to!
Shortly after we arrived at the RV Park, we realized we were only about 20 miles from Sebring, and wouldn't you just know it - this weekend was the 12 Hours of Sebring Race that we'd always heard about. A bit of oneline research turned up some more details, including a rather hefty admission price, so Rose decided it would be the day to stay in and finally get to work on the income tax workbook, sending Greg over to Sebring on Friday to check it out. Greg brought the camera and took some pictures, but overall, was disappointed in his day there, as there really were not any seats, nor any vantage points from which one could see much of anything, and there was no broadcast announcing to identify what classes were racing nor their positions. It was, however, another race to put in the books as "been there, done that, didn't buy the t-shirt"! (See picture # 4)
We heard of another short oval track in the area, Desoto Speedway, so went online to see who would be racing there on Saturday night. Learning that it was their "Race of Champions" night, with well-known Nascar racers Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin, Bill Elliott, Harry Gant and Steven Wallace racing there, we knew we had our night planned! It was a fun track, and seeing the big boys banging and racing in a few of the local guys' Super Stock cars was a hoot! In the first 8 lap segment, Sterling Marlin held them off, while Bill Elliott took the checkered flag in the final 8 laps. Rusty didn't race, but instead, he practiced for his new career in the announcer's booth. (See Picture #5).
Thanks to all of you who've commented on how much you enjoy our travelogue, and apologies for having gone almost the entire month before catching up on what we've been doing. By the way, our website tells us that there have been over 1,000 visits to the site since we started it - hard to believe!
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