Sunday, January 27, 2008

Linger Lodge

The Freightliner rally was a huge success. We really enjoyed the people we met and learned some things as well. We did have some rain, but that didn't dampened our spirits.

We left Orlando Friday morning and we have spent the past two nights at Linger Lodge RV Resort in Bradenton, Florida. Not much of a resort and it was not easy getting into our spot. But we were only a mile and a half from a high school classmate of Terry's we wanted to connect with. Susie and Terry went to high school together and were also members of the same church youth group and had become very good friends. She and her husband Stan were married one week before we were in 1971 and we went to their wedding. That was the last time we had seen them. Terry had seen her name on "Classmates" and found out they were in Florida where we were going to be for the winter. So they picked us up last night and they took us out to dinner at the "Cabana Banana" on Bradenton Beach. What fun! It's a little "island" kind of place owned by Mike, former drummer of Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs. Hah. My little brush with fame last night. There was a musician who played a lot of familiar music for us and we had a great time talking about everything while Terry and Susie had a chance to catch up on classmates and families. It was a wonderful evening.

We had lunch today at the Linger Lodge Resort Restaurant. It is . . . well. . . rustic. The restaurant was featured on the food network with Al Roker at one time. I was not impressed. The food was okay, not great. The place is decorated with dead, stuffed animals. The huge alligator on the wall was supposedly the one who attacked the man who founded the restaurant. I find it hard to have an appetite when everywhere I looked I see some dead stuffed animal or snake. Not my idea of "motif." But. . . what can I say. . . it was an experience and I wanted to go.

Today we drove about 15 miles north to the Lake Manatee State Park. This is a nice park and surprisingly big rig friendly. We had reservations and got parked in short order. Our campsite is quite large and that is good because they do have snakes and other vermin you have to watch for. We have a view of the lake out our front window. There are quite a few people here, but a lot of privacy because of the vegetation and the distance between sites. We are invited on a 2.5 mile hike tomorrow morning. We will see. I have been having trouble with my bursitis in my hip and I'm not sure I'm up for that much walking. We are here to scout for a place near where our Canadian friends are camped and to do some sightseeing before the Brooksville Rally.

Till next time. . .


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