Winter Ends - Spring Begins

March 19 - Last day of winter:  I celebrated by going to the beach at Santa Rosa and swimming in the Gulf.  Worked on my tan.

March 20 - First day of spring:  I celebrated by going to the beach at Okaloosa Island and swimming in the Gulf.  Like yesterday!  This was after the show at the Gulfarium which included the dolphins and sea lions.

Then the Gold Wing group went to dinner at Bitburgers German restaurant - the food was excellent.

Just about one week left to try to get in as much riding, golf and beach time as I can, so the weekend kicked off with a ride to Pensacola to see a custom car and motorcycle show.  I've made a 20 minute video of the Florida Drill Team.  The riding continued Sunday with a ride to the Outpost biker hangout.  This had to be the highlight of a spring break!

My friend knew people:

But I was distracted:

Click to see them dance!  Click for the entire Outpost Video

Its going to be difficult to top this!

Well, maybe not:  March 27:  Hooters night to celebrate my stay in Florida, and I made more friends:

She's from Bulgaria!

Say hello to Lindsey!

and the Manager (I'd work for her!)

Where's Waldo?

For a slide show, click here!

Sunday, March 29:  After a pancake breakfast, I rode to Tyndall Air Force Base to see an air show with the Blue Angels giving the final show.  Spectacular!

March 30:  Final packing and farewell dinner with the Ft. Walton Wing group - they deserve an award!  After the final preparations were made and the Wing safely in the RV, I spent my final night sleeping in the camper.  The next day I traveled to Knoxville and had dinner with TN Charlie.  Then, I checked in to the adjacent motel for a night's sleep in a large bed.  I hit the road April 1 after breakfast and made it home around 5 PM - 1100 miles in two days.  I'm tired!

Epilog:  In the twelve weeks I was gone, I missed three snowstorms, made many new friends (golf and motorcycle as well as RV), played golf and rode around the Florida panhandle.  The GW group has my vote for congeniality.  So, I've given them this award:

Now the work of unpacking and organizing has begun.  While the winter was nice, I'm glad to be home in PA where the roads twist and turn so that I can round off my tires and eliminate the flat spots.  Best of all, I received hugs and kisses from my wife.