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                                                                                              Florida’s 2016 Rolling Rally

On March 21st, seventeen coaches showed up at Old Mill Stream Campground in Umatilla, FL. We started off day one with the usual wine social, greeting old friends, and catching up on their news. That evening we had an all-you-can-eat pizza party and the traditional card game of “oh hell” for some of us.

On Tuesday morning we gathered for omelettes in a bag, with all the fixings. Later that day, we coach-pooled to the home of orange grove owners, John and Diane Whitaker. They welcomed us to their lovely plantation home on the lake, conducted a tour of the groves and answered our many questions. This was followed by a catered barbecue.

The morning of the 23rd brought more clear skies, a breakfast buffet and a painting class with our very own in-house artist, Ramona Birdsell. Later we capped off the day with another mandatory wine tasting seminar, followed by one of our own renowned potluck suppers, with pork prepared by chef extraordinaire, Eric Sandstrom. Thanks Eric! After dinner we were entertained by the talented October Mountain Band.

On Thursday we pulled up stakes and moved camp to Weirsdale, FL for dry camping on the grounds of the Orange Blossom Opry. Some ralliers enjoyed the nearby carriage (wagon) museum. In the evening, after being stuffed with Italian subs by our hosts, we attended a jam session in the Opry hall. This was followed by mother nature treating us to a spectacular lightning display.

Friday morning, after another rally breakfast, we shared our hugs, said our farewells and pointed the hood ornaments toward home.
Jim and Ramona Birdsell and Dick and Marie Holt were our hosts, and what great hosts they were! If you ever attend one of their rallies, I warn you, it will absolutely destroy your diet!

George Boley, reporting from the Sunshine State

Nick and Dee Dee McClain have a total portfolio of 136 photos taken on this rally. You can access these photos by clicking on the following website link:
Then when asked, use the following password to access the photos: llrv. Then click on the photo box above identification text - 2016 Florida Spring Rally - BF Leap’n Lions RV Club. You will then be able to click on and view each of photos posted there.

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