Category Archives: Randy and Santha A

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.

Travel Day 2 – Florida Bound – We made it :)

We  made it to our usual overnight at Twin Oaks RV Park near Elko, GA last night.

All setup in site #5
All setup in site #5

We’re traveling 340 miles today, pushing the rest of the way to Tampa.  We’ll go south on I-75 nearly the entire route, getting off onto I-4 for a couple miles to exit 10 for Lazy Days Campground in Seffner, FL.

Today we stopped and had lunch at the Florida Welcome Center / Rest Area just south of the GA/FL border.  Beautiful day!

Lunch spot at Florida Welcome Center
Lunch spot at Florida Welcome Center

Enroute, we stopped off at Blue Beacon to get the truck and RV cleaned up.

Truck and Rig washed at the Blue Beacon
Nice and shiny!

We arrived at Lazy Days Campground in Seffner, FL around 5 pm tonight.  We’re all setup in site #3. We met our Heartland friends that are camped around us at Lazy Days. Here’s me with one of Randy and Santha’s poodles in Santha’s new Heartland Big Country RV.

Here's me and one of Randy and Santha's dogs in their new Heartland Big Country.
Me and a poodle 🙂

For dinner, Nancy and I went out to Smokey Bones to meet a new Heartland employee.  Great meeting. I also destroyed this rack of ribs!

Rack of Baby Back Ribs from Smokey Bones
Baby Back Ribs