Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sarasota, Florida

2/12 - 2/19/12
39th Florida State Rally, Sarasota

Our first time to this rally and we actually knew some of the people.  We have been on several Airstream caravans over the last 10 years and we are always running into people at rallys that we met on caravans.  So it was great seeing some of those people.  Joe and I usually volunteer at rallys and this was no different.  It's fun and you always meet new people and renew old friendships with others.  We volunteered as security which entails checking people  to make sure they have their rally ribbon on (which means they have paid) for the evening entertainment.  I also had volunteered to help serve donuts.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  Every morning at 0700 our group met and sorted out the Krispy Creme donuts which were delivered at 5 am.  This has been a tradition for 39 years and it really ends up being a coffee shop atmosphere where everyone can sit around drinking coffee and eating  donuts and discussing maintaining their trailer or what was the latest caravan they had been on.  This was free every morning, you had a limit of two donuts every morning.    It was fun because I got to meet a lot of nice people.

I guess I did OK because they want me to come back next year.

Sarasota is the home of the Ringling Bros Circus, so we toured the grounds/museum of circus memorabilia.

There was also a dog show at the rally, Buddy got a a First Place and a blue ribbon (along with about 10 other dogs)  another 10 dogs got a 2nd place and red ribbon and all the rest received honorable mention.  We were a real dog friendly group.

These two dogs sat here for over an hour waiting for their masters to return from dinner

We had a great time in Sarasota and will probably go back next year.

Safe travels to all

Nancy & Joe

1 comment:

  1. That rally sounds like fun. We are thinking about traveling to a Fleetwood rally this summer.