The rendezvous kicked into gear on Monday morning. I woke up at my usual time but I felt sluggish and haggard. No amount of coffee would perk me up either. I am sure those of you that are frequent travelers can relate to this next statement...The coffee that comes from those little coffee brewer-thingies in hotel rooms generally sucks. I went down to the lobby of the lodge where they had some freshly brewed stuff. It helped get me up but I couldn't stay there. I went back to my room to get cleaned up and ready and I did something I hadn't done in about eight months. I sat and actually watched television. Amazing. It was an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent which is my favorite television show of all time. Unfortunately it was an episode with Jeff Goldblum as the lead detective, a poor substitution for the Vincent D'Onofrio / Det. Bobby Goren eponymous version. I did also get an opportunity to meet Jim Favors, whom along with his wife Lisa, has written several books about their looping experiences. Very nice fellow. Very interesting conversation. favorsgreatloopblog.com trailertrawlerlife.com favorsventures.com
Close to 7:30am I toddled down to the banquet room for a breakfast of biscuits, runny scrambled eggs, sausage hockey pucks and bacon jerky strips. Unfortunately there has been lots of conversations about the quality of the food here at Joe Wheeler State Park. Some of it has been ok, like the hamburger I had at the restaurant Sunday evening was very good. But then the dinner Sunday night was a complete mystery to most of us. (General Rule of Thumb - If I can identify it, I don't eat it.)
I sat with Ross and Laura in the back corner. The presentation subjects were all about cruising down the Tennessee Tombigbee waterway and the ICW from Mobile to Carabelle, FL. Then crossing the Gulf of Mexico from Carabelle to Tarpon Springs, FL. This part of the trip is what I see as the most risky of it all. The crossing is 170 miles of open water albeit very shallow water. A lot of my questions were answered and so I feel better about it all.
Speaking of Ross and Laura, we are going to meet up with them in Mobile, AL and make the crossing with them.
So, FOR ANY OF OUR FRIENDS THAT ARE HERE IN JOE WHEELER, IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE DOWN IN THE CARABELLE AREA AROUND THE FIRST OF DECEMBER WE CAN ALL MAKE THE CROSSING TOGETHER! STAY IN TOUCH.
Anyway, back to the seminars...
After the early afternoon session I was having a hard time staying awake so I went back to the room and took a power nap.
Ok, I guess I am part of the rowdy crowd. At dinner we rafted three tables together (go to greatloopjargon.blogspot.com - entry: restaurant/banquet rafting) and had a lot of laughs. But then we had Kermit from Good Karma with us, so of course we were borderline out of control.