It has taken me awhile to get around to finishing the story of our trip to the Winnebago State rally. We have been a bit busy with celebrating Anneke's birthday including a visit from our daughter and grandson from Georgia. It was a good time!
Before heading onto the rally grounds in Orlando, we spend several nights at the Lake Louisa State Park just west of Orlando. We made this stop for two reasons. We had heard it was a very nice park and it was close to several friends who were camped at the Thousands Trails resort just down the road. The park was indeed beautiful with plenty hiking trails and scenic views. The one downside proved to be lack of cell phone and internet service. The park campground sits in a big depression among the rolling hills of the park allowing electronic signals to bypass the campground.
The campground sits between two lakes and is over three miles in from the gate. It makes for a quiet and relaxing stay. Spending time here also allowed me to get in some more practice with the new camera. We enjoyed a dinner out with friends Tom and Sally the first night, then a visit to the huge Thousand trails Resort followed by another dinner our with Tom, Sally and other friends George and Barb. Both couples are members of our Winnebago Club in Ohio. It was also another first for us in the choice of the restaurant-The Sweet Tomato. We have never been to one of these and were a bit reluctant when we heard it was a buffet style place, but it turned out to a very nice place. A huge fresh salad bar along with what I would call small bite additional choices, which allowed you to sample more things without feeling too guilty. Since they had lots of soups, I was in food heaven.
The state rally was certainly not unlike many we have been too, but they had a lot more attendees then most state rallies we have attended There was somewhere around 270 coaches in attendance. Apparently this number was down from past years and the Orlando fairgrounds had made some rather high increases in charges for use of the buildings and equipment. So there were some cutbacks on services provided. Despite these negative impacts, everyone had a good time.