Beautiful Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, FL was the setting for our
'old year ending/new year beginning' camping get-together. Sixteen couples
arrived to set up camp on Wednesday, December 31st. After light suppers, we
were ready to prepare for our outdoor New Year's Eve celebration. Several
canopies had been set up over picnic tables, a roaring fire was begun,
snacks of great varieties were brought forth, we gathered at the Kelly's
outdoor flat TV and counted down the seconds with icon Dick Clark.
The meals for each day (Thursday - Saturday) were planned in advance so
everyone knew what to bring. One evening we brought our steaks to grill,
another evening we had hot dogs, hamburgers or sausages, and the easiest of
all was the evening we had pizzas delivered! One morning, a pancake
breakfast was prepared by Phil Sortore and Jim Kelly, another morning they
outdid themselves with a superb breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage,
hash browns, toast. More than once, the comment was made to suggest we
rename our chapter 'Hitch 'n Eat'!
All couples were asked to bring a load of wood - we were able to have
bon-fires every evening tended by Jim Kelly. Speaking of Jim, wish you all
could have been there when he came out of his motor home dressed in an
inflated pig costume and not just strolled around in it for all of us, but
did some jogging down the loop with several of us trailing behind!
Several couples brought their bikes, many did plenty of walking, games were
played. However, something new was enjoyed by several of the campers.....We
Wii-ed! Wii-bowling, Wii-golfing, Wii-hula-hooping, Wii-ski slaloms and
Wii-yoga! We knew we were playing long hours when other campers walked by
and commented: 'The bowling tournament is still going on!'
So, thanks go out to our fire bug, our chefs, Kellys for use of their Wii,
Sortores for the party hats and noisemakers. Thanks to Dick Fournier for
setting up our reservations so many months ago and thanks to Ace Taylor for
the info in our newsletter, The Snooper, so we all knew how the time was to
unfold. Also, thanks to everyone who brought extra food and helped in myriad
ways to make the gorgeous weekend one to remember!