Plus this blogpost has been going on.
Now, those of you Counting Along With Me will remember that I have had a whole d*mn bunch of good times over the years with members of the Lee Clan. I mean it doesn't really matter what the occasion has been, this olelongrooffan has really taken the opportunity to Celebrate Life with my friends and family.
This week thehorsefarmer and his lovely bride of 36 years, yeah...they are happy even if he doesn't remember the date of their anniversary, are down here in the Home of The World's Most Famous Beach taking a much needed couple weeks away from Haven Lee Farm, Marionville Edition.
They arrived two weeks ago and it seems they are enjoying themselves while not having to muck the stables, clean the chicken Coope de Ville, or enlarge their pond so
So this olelongrooffan arrived down at their temporary home away from home and the three of us sat around just chatting it up. thebarngoddess mentioned this olelongrooffan was too thin and headed inside that huge *ss fifth wheel camper to fix me a sammich in her much appreciated attempt to fatten me up.
At one point I popped inside to see just how big their big screen TV is (it's big) and spotted a couple chunks of Ozark farm raised beef thawing on the counter. Mmmm Beef. Home Grown. Mmmm.
I head back outside and see my hippie older brother's new hat.
Not only does he look like TheGentlemanFarmer, he has his sense of humor also. And that is a good thing.
So, a little later thejeepjunkie shows up and thebarngoddess put out a spread fit for a King. The absolute best meal this olelongrooffan has had in quite a while.
And, of course, thejeepjunkie's 2a had some starting issues so we spent some time messing around with it. Yeah, old cars, old car issues.
It reminds me of the time this olelongrooffan was replacing the in line fuel filter underneath the rear of my olestationbus. My neighbor comes out and asks if I am having trouble? "Nope, I'm having fun." And I was. And I still do.
Last Friday, this olelongrooffan played tour guide for thehorsefarmer and thebarngoddess. It was a blast but I pretty sure this olelongrooffan wore their country *sses out.
We hit the highlights of the greater area of the Birthplace of Speed and did our best to Celebrate Life.
But we did have a great time, saw alot of cool stuff including a bunch of back streets on one of which is the home of the Spirit of Daytona racing team; then on to see that round fender Ranchero in the lobby of Motorsports Marketing. We then hit a local RV shop to try and find a light thehorsefarmer needed for the underside of their home away from home and then on to lunch at a local waterfront restaurant.
I have just this to say about that. Although the River Grille advertises a bunch and I had heard it was a pretty good spot, on this day, there was a hiccup there and watching the mullet jump in the Tocoma River was the best part of that lunch.
After that experience, we took the scenic trip back to the Birthplace of Speed and went by the Fortunato Park to see the cupola off John D. Rockefeller's Ormond Hotel and stopped for a brief visit at the Taj Mahal. Then off to a local tourist trap for souvenirs for the Shark Angel and The Little Princess.
We then hit the Daytona Beach Pier and the Bandshell to see that event hosting historic landmark. While we were there thehorsefarmer was the lucky recepient of a pink slip on the windscreen of that huge *ssed F350 he sported this couple a weeks. I'll let him tell the story of it on his blog a little later in the week, once he gets back to the Ozark Mountains and settled back into Life on Haven Lee Farm. But know this, the Daytona Beach on street parking commandos are friendlier to a Ford Escape than they are to a Ford F350 four door long bed dually pickemup truck.
Subsequently, this trio headed down Main Street and across the Main Street bridge, where the ever alert barngoddess spotted a bunch of dolphins feeding on the school of fish out in the Intracoastal Waterway. thehorsefarmer, ever the tourist he is, stopped that huge*sstruck right on that bridge so we could check them out. Yeah, if I were in the vehicle behind, this olelongrooffan could possibly have been upset but, actually, I probably would have looked out there, seen them and thanked that alert tourist for that rare sighting.
But all was cool, we were headed out to the Daytona International Speedway for a look see. It was pretty cool as the Richard Petty Driving Experience was out racing their recent vintage NASCAR race cars and thehorsefarmer and thebarngoddess got to see them up close and personal. I was able to capture an image of my tourista family members and a couple of the cars on a cool down lap prior to entering the pits. The cars are behind the horizontal bar in the next image.
After checking out the elcheapo close out gift shop up there in the NASCAR turn 4 grandstands, we headed over to our final destination, The Legends of Motorsports museum. They are the ones who host the annual Legends of Motorsports parade at low tide on the beach every year on the Tuesday before the Daytona 500. It is a pretty cool museum outlining racing in the 50's, 60's and early 70's around these here parts.
As I mentioned, thehorsefarmer and thebarngoddess were pretty worn out by the end of the day and this olelongrooffan is sure it was pretty quiet in that big ole fifth wheel camper that evening.
On Easter Sunday, we all invaded thejeepjunkie's beachhead for a few hours of fun in the sun.
thehorsefarmer and thejeepjunkie got in a little football time and later
we all headed over to thesungoddess's home for a delicious Easter dinner with the Kid's sister in attendence as well.
Afterward it was out to the Kid's garage where we caught a little Australian Super Car racing and probably a cat nap as well.
Shortly thereafter, this sinus headache possessing olelongrooffan took my leave and headed back to the Taj Mahal.
thehorsefarmer called last evening to mention, again, how much fun they had down here and were headed back to Tornado Alley early this morning.
Hey horsefarmer and barngoddess, have a safe and fun trip home. Know that this olelongrooffan had a total blast spending time with you also. I'm so glad while you were here, we were able to