Phew...now THAT's a catchy title for a blog.....NOT! LOL! But the day was terrific. We headed out on the motorcycles shortly after 10 am, leaving Sadie secure in the garage of the rig. Stu took her out for a bicycle ride to burn off a little energy. We knew folks would be disappointed that we didn't bring her but knowing the lunch would probably last 2 hours, we didn't want to leave her outside that long, especially since chances are that we wouldn't be able to see her through a convenient window.
We had a gorgeous 50 mile ride to Lakeland, nice back roads and little traffic mixed with lots of sun and no wind. What more can you ask for?
As we pulled in we saw folks already congregating. We milled around the parking lot for a few minutes making quick introductions and then moved inside. Even though I had called twice to arrange for our group, they said they didn't have us on the schedule. But no matter, in less than 10 minutes they were set up for 29 people!
By 11:40 we were all seated, everyone had arrived and introductions were done. A few of us had met each other but for the most part, we were only blogging/Facebook friends. I asked everyone to be sure to sit next to someone they didn't know. We had full-timers, part-timers, snowbirds, temporarily grounded and hoping to retire soon folks. Great group!!
The next 2 1/2 hours passed in a blur of good food, great service and wonderful conversations with new friends. Every where I looked folks were talking to those sitting close or wandering around mingling. We definitely recommend Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Lakeland....if you are ever in the area!
Here are some shots of the folks....
Here are some shots of the food....
Here is the list of attendees with links to their blogs where I know you will find more photos...THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!