They say the Gasparilla Parade is the third largest in the U.S. and I believe them. It went on and on and on… Thought it would never end. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it though, along with thousands of other revelers. Enjoy a snippit of images from this year’s event.     So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to say about our travels.Read More →

We were lucky to be in Tampa during the Gasparilla Festival before departing for the Miami Everglades. We were also lucky to have a neighbor in the Tampa East RV park who also worked part time with the Tampa police force. He was able to get us parking close to the convention center so it was a short walk along West Platt Street for good views of the incoming invasion. What a sight – hundreds of watercraft in Seddon Channel escorting an amazing pirate ship filled to the top sails with pirates. It took a good amount of time from our first sight of theRead More →

Renninger’s Antique Center is a huge complex off US 441 in central Florida. They host all kinds of ‘extravaganzas’, one being a Steam Punk Industrial Show. We were fortunate to be around when they had their January show, so hopped up there for a day. Loved exploring all the weird and arcane stuff you’ll find at an event such as this – but more interested in the ‘characters’ who showed up to celebrate a period in American history that never really happened. But Steam Punk is proliferating and I see it spilling into Renaissance Faires and Cosplay events. The more the merrier, I say. HereRead More →

My daughter, Michelle (‘Mitch), works for WorldVentures, an international travel club. These images are from the international convention in Orlando, FL, called “United”, which also coincided with their ten year anniversary. Mitch and Sara Thompson lead a group of volunteers from all over the world, who, over the course of the event, handle registration, help in the product and souvenir sales area, make sure the close to 20,000 attendees get in and out efficiently, handle any issues and, in general, make sure attendees have a great experience. We were in Tampa so Mitch invited us over to Orlando for the meeting. Grima has accompanied herRead More →

Still resting up from our Chile trip, and waiting for a Winnebago repair appointment with Camping World of Denton, we took advantage to visit and do things with Andrew and Michelle. It was the last weekend of March with beautiful spring weather. So we headed down to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on White Rock Creek with Michelle and Canaan (Andrew had to work) to enjoy their opening weekend.   Grima, Mitch and Canaan – Got a wheelchair for Grima as her foot was injured and was hard to walk.     So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to sayRead More →