FL: Mid-Florida Winnies

Our Hosts, LaFlammes and Schilps, did an excellent job with the limited space we had at the campground. The reason for the mix-up was that our previous Wagon Masters, the Barons, had cancelled their reservations for December 2019 when their coach was hit by lightning and the campground decided to cancel the entire campout so Bill Schilp had to do some finagling to get us in. The Palmetto Room we were using was just large enough for our group and made it cozy.

Irene treated the group to a great Minnesota Chicken and wild rice soup for the evening meal on Tuesday. This recipe will be included in the Newsletter as all the ladies requested it. The decorations were simple but lovely with garland and small Christmas balls on the tables we even had some small Santa’s that decided on their own to make noises at some very interesting times.

Wednesday morning the Host’s treated us to pancakes and link sausage with biscuits and sausage gravy. We also had fruit and juice with coffee and tea. Ken Long was the excellent pancake flipper and the meal was delicious.

We held our chapter meeting immediately following breakfast during which we elected to continue with the same slate of officers as the previous two years. The rest of the day was left to wonder around the area to see the decorations, do a little shopping if you had the inclination or go swimming in the great indoor pool at the campground. They also had two Jacuzzi’s, one set at 89˚ and the other at 108˚. Upon returning from the day on our own, we had our usual Happy Hour with lots of snacks to share. Our hosts provided an excellent Ham dinner with rolls and butter while the rest of us brought the sides and desserts. We sold our 50/50 raffle tickets during dinner and had the drawing right after. Chuck Smalley won one of the drawings and Bob Church won the other.

After the wonderful food everyone was ready to sing carols which Bill and Irene had printed so everyone could join in. Jeff Roudebush was asked to lead the group and did a great job. We then had our grift exchange which consisted of everyone getting a present from the table and Bill reading a story. Every time Bill said “LEFT” everyone moved their package to the left and when he said “RIGHT” they moved it to the right. It was a lot of fun and everyone ended up with a present that they could exchange with someone or they could keep.

On Thursday morning we had fruit with a continental breakfast. We added the leftover biscuits and sausage gravy and leftover pancakes with coffee, and juice to the mix for a very tasty meal before saying our good byes to one another until our next campout in January 2020.

Our next campout is at Wild Frontier Campground in Ocala. We hope everyone has a safe travels and a Happy New Year until we meet again.


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