Home from Florida

You may have noticed that I didn't post on this blog too often while we were away. The problem was lack of Internet. Due to some unexpected technical difficulties, I wasn't able to have Internet often. So I will try to make up for it now that we are home. We arrived home on Monday, April 4. We had gotten on the road on February 26 so we missed the entire month of March in Michigan. March in Florida was wonderful. The temperature was in the high 70's most days. Here is a quick recap of what we did since our trip to Disney World.

Car shows-a favorite past-time of retirees and we saw some good ones. Here Tom is enjoying a 1957 Chevrolet with our friend from Alto, Butch Nordhof. Butch and Sheila's place in Avon Park was about 10 miles from us and we had many fun times with them during our time in Florida.

Eric was able to fly down from Minneapolis and spend a weekend with us. Here we are at Highlands Hammock State Park where we walked through a swamp on a boardwalk that wasn't too high above the water. We saw the tail of an alligator as it swam away but we saw several large snakes and some beautiful birds.

Tom and I traveled to St. Petersburg to visit his cousin Nan. We hadn't seen her in over 30 years and it was a happy reunion. Nan and her husband Larry entertained us for the day by feeding us a Cuban meal and touring St. Petersburg. It is a beautiful area.

The 12 Hours of Sebring Race was held near our rental house. I covered the race for Insider Racing News and had a great time attending. It really is a 12 hour road race with entries from all over Europe and the United States.

I was able to be in the pits during the race but had to wear a fire suit. It made me feel like a real racer!

Our rental house was actually a duplex. We had delightful neighbors for the month. Denis and Sabra are from West Midlands, England. Here we are enjoying a lunch on the deck of a Mexican restaurant. A real international group!

Butch, Sheila, Dianne (Tom's cousin), her husband Charlie and Tom and I spend a wonderful day at Lake Placid which we ended with Italian subs at Chef Buddies. Lake Placid is a town where there are murals throughout the town depicting their history. It was great fun to walk the town enjoying the art work.

Lake Okeechobee was one of my favorite spots. We were able to observe 5 alligators at the spot Tom and I are standing here but they were far out in the water.

On the trip home we stopped and visited Tom's cousins in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. We had a fun dinner with 4 cousins and their families. We spent the night with Denise and Terry shown here. They extended wonderful Southern hospitality.

After a night we Jennifer, we traveled to Ohio and spent our final two nights at Kristen's. We ate at a great German restaurant, shopped and enjoyed the semifinal NCCA basketball games.

Our home was in great shape when we arrived home. Tommy had kept a good eye on it for us. The snow was gone and our flowers are popping out. It is so good to be home.


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