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Tampa Florida – Day 1

My pals Dave Y, Randy A and I loaded up my truck with Heartland Owners Club booth supplies and headed over to Lazy Days RV sales center for breakfast. It’s costing us $52 per night for nice FHU/paved sites and it includes breakfast and lunch each day we’re here. Breakfast was decent – we had scrambled eggs, 2 sausage links, corned beef hash, coffee and juice.

After breakfast, we headed over to the Florida State Fairgrounds to audit all the Heartland Owners Club volunteer badges and to pick ours up. Then we made our way over to the Heartland display and got our 10×10 EZ-Up shelter put up, our table setup and our banner displayed. Mike P from Heartland was there to lend us a hand as well.

HOC Table - Tampa RV Show 2014
HOC Table – Tampa RV Show 2014

At lunch time, along with a group of Heartlanders, we ate over at Lazy Days RV sales center. We had chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, corn and a drink. We’d planned to head over to Dover, FL to Parksdale Farms Market for “the best” Strawberry Shortcake. We knew other club friends, Ron and Ann P were staying at a campground near there, so Dave Y phoned them up and they met us there.

This is "the place" for great strawberry shortcake.  Just east of Tampa in Dover, FL - about 15 minutes from Lazy Days Campground.  It's a must do when we are here.
Parksdale Farms Market – Dover, FL

Oh my gosh – yumo!

Here it is!  The best strawberry shortcake ever!
Here it is! The best strawberry shortcake ever!

Yesterday, I hatched a plan to have a potluck dinner over at Randy and Santha’s. Tonight, it all came together. I believe there were 16 of us. I even invited a security guard from Lazy Days to join us before her shift started. We had a very nice meal and great conversation. We also had a lively discussion on where we should camp next year during the show as $52 per night here at Lazy Days is really getting a bit steep. We may move down the road a bit. Dave Y and Julie H checked out 3 campgrounds. We believe we’ve narrowed it down to a single finalist and we’ll open talks with them this week.

Pigeon Forge, TN – Day 2

Day 2 of our time here in Pigeon Forge began with some ducks waddling around our RV site after some overnight rain. I let Emme out to go potty and she took off after the ducks. I called her back and she stopped. The ducks were a bit startled but did not fly away. I think they’re used to being around people. It was funny watching them. They were using their bills in the water logged grass and shallow pools of water, pushing forward. Not sure if they were drinking water of eating something out of the grass.

We stayed warm in the RV last night. The overnight lows were in the low-20s. We ran the fireplace all night and had the gas furnace set to run if needed and we think it ran a few times. It’s 40 outside now (9 am) and we’re supposed to see 54 this afternoon with showers this afternoon and evening.
Pigeon Forge, TN Weather - 10-Jan-2014

After breakfast, we went to the Tanger Outlets. We went to the Le Creuset store first. We ended up getting a round griddle pan “on-sale” that should work well on our induction cooktop at home. May even be able to make some crepes on it 🙂 After Le Creuset, we went to the Tools Direct store, the Corelle-Ware store, the Kitchen Essentials store and the Harry and David store. Didn’t buy much of anything at these stores.

For lunch, it was Five Guys – yum! Just as we began to eat our food, in walks 6 of our neighbors from Crossville. We knew they were coming to the RV show but didn’t know they be eating lunch at Five Guys and at the same time as us. It was a fun surprise. We all ended up eating together. Here’s the meal Nancy and I had.

It was a triple - but we split it :)
It was a triple – but we split it 🙂

After lunch, Nancy dropped me at the LeConte Center so I could work the Smoky Mountain RV Show with Byrd M in the RVs For Less display. Show attendance wasn’t overwhelming today, but we kept busy. Our Gardens friends showed up and spent time in our display. We watched the Lumberjack Feud competition too. It was right behind our display. And it was LOUD!

Lumberjack Feud!
Lumberjack Feud!

Here’s Byrd M at her Heartland Owners Club – TN Chapter table. Thank you Byrd and Nathan for all you do for the club!

Byrd M at her club table
Byrd M at her club table

Heartland Owners Club – KY Chapter Leader, Ken H showed up at the show this afternoon too. He and Faye are on their way to the Tampa show like us. After the show, Ken, Faye, Nancy and I and Howard and Linda P of RV-Dreams all met for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Great dinner and conversation!

Dinner tonight at Longhorn Steakhouse in Pigeon Forge, TN - Nancy and I, Ken and Faye H and Howard and Linda P.
Dinner tonight at Longhorn Steakhouse in Pigeon Forge, TN – Nancy and I, Ken and Fay H and Howard and Linda P.

Back at the RV tonight to do this blog post, edit a bunch of show pictures I took today, then get them posted on Heartland’s Facebook page.

There are 3 Heartland Landmarks on display at the Smoky Mountain RV Show in the RVs For Less display.
There are 3 Heartland Landmarks on display at the Smoky Mountain RV Show in the RVs For Less display.