October 24, 2012

Oct. 24, 2012   Day 166   Joe Wheeler State Park, AL                         
Total miles to date:  3328.4

Today was the last day of the Looper Rendezvous and it was a full and fun day. We attended more seminars covering cruising Florida’s east coast and the ICW from Georgia to Norfolk. 
Bob Duthie won the Skipper Bob award!
We visited more boats on the Looper Crawl this afternoon and then watched the dinghy race. It was fun watching couples maneuver their dinghys around a buoy and back to the dock. The captain had to drive the dinghy blindfolded while the first mate gave the instructions.  We did not participate but it was a lot of fun to watch!

Joel, Eva, and Ron entertained us
Beatrice went trick or treating!

One of the couples on the loop has a young daughter not quite four and she put on her Halloween costume and went trick or treating up and down the docks today!
Bill and Joel playing at Music night

We attended a wine reception followed by the final banquet. After that at least thirty of us went to the lounge in the lodge for music.  Bill took his banjo, Eva and Ron brought their dulcimers, Betsy had her harmonicas, and Joel took his guitar. We all enjoyed listening to them perform and singing along on many of the songs.   Lots of talent in that group!

Many of the Loopers are leaving tomorrow and it was hard to say goodbye even though we will see them along the way. Some of us are staying at least one more day before heading back down the Tennessee River.  We have had a wonderful time being with so many terrific people who share our interest in the cruising lifestyle.