The Sunnyland Hangover Is In Full Force


Hauling Thayer on 95.. Looks sunny..

Monday morning we had to make the tough call. Rain was in the forecast and the extra day we were going to stay with Texx, Mike Mayer and the Harrison’s our hosts in Tavares was the choice of the day. Do we stay and endure a day of rain and fellowship.. OK, that sounds like a church meeting. And trust me, it aint that.. Or a full 15 hour day in the Woody boatermobile trucking home for a 8:30 Am meeting at the office today?

This aint photoshop. It was 14 hrs into the trip.. Yup, thats a semi .. on a trailer.. made a strange mage for sure

We made the call to split up so I could be home and the team would go on.. and take the rain soaked route. I think we both think the other made the right decision. I wish I had been on the boat ride and they clearly wished they had gotten on the plane home. It was a rain soaked day, regardless though from the jokes and images, I would have been happy to stand out in the rain and been there.

We are all turned around here in Woodyboaterville. Here is a fun image from yesturdays cruise.. Which way? Ahhhh.. Good fun on the River. Then rain..

And you.. our trusty readers who came in absolute droves. .5000 yesturday alone! you get to see it all play out. The rest of the week will be the long tail of the event. Videos, and the Sunnyland Awards. I honestly am fried. I tucked Thayer IV into the barn and just sat there. numb… This morning I opened a can of old varnish and had a sniff … Hair of the dog so to speak and all is good in the world. Stay tuned.. More river cruise images from yesterday. And the big AWARDS!

10 replies
  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    Well at least his hat is pointing in the right direction!! It was an awesome week!! Thanks for the fun at WoodyBoater Hqs. Trying to get there (tavares) and back in the flying tubes was no better than driving!!! Spring Break madness!! Look forward to the follow-ups. Thanks for all you and Texx did for the best season kick-off yet!!

  2. Texx
    Texx says:

    The big rain and thunderstorms came at around noon while we stopped for fried frogs legs. But once the rain socking in, that was it, and it stayed socked in for the rest of the day.

    So we just tucked in under the Bimini cover and finished the last 70 or 80 miles of the cruise in the rain. Some of the folks in a Chris-Craft Cadet that had no cover borrowed 6 green garbage bags, cut holes in them for the noodles and arms and created instant rain shirts…

    We arrived in Sanford, the planned stop for day one of the cruise around 6:00 PM wet but safe. I have a new respect for Chris- Craft Sea Skiff’s, they are simply awesome for that type of boating!

    Mike & I are heading home from the Orlando airport this morning and I too have some great shots of the show and St. Johns River Cruise that we will post when we arrive home.

    In the place we stopped for lunch yesterday in Astor, FL there was a photo on the wall of an alligator swimming across Lake George with a deer in his mouth! Yikes.

    Thanks for tuning in to Woody Boater and we will get the follow up stuff posted as soon as we can.


  3. Mike M
    Mike M says:

    Believe it or not, the return is starting out the same way my adventure out here started….delayed flight! Wish me luck!

    • Doug Wiggins
      Doug Wiggins says:

      Ah come on Mike you know airline travel is full of glamor and excitement. You get to spend more time rubbing elbows with world travelers like yourself.

  4. Texx
    Texx says:

    I just heard an announcement in the Orlando airport that said “For all passengers scheduled on Flight XXX to Portland, Oregon…. The flight has been re-routed and is now scheduled to travel through Browning, Montana”…

    Mike – Stop by the gift shop and buy a Cowboy Hat and a snow shovel!!

  5. matt
    matt says:

    HA, thats why I drive.. 14 hrs in a car or 24 hours in an airport. Its a no brainer. Braner.. Brain-er?

  6. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    My motor home is finally safely tucked into the driveway after the 18 hour trudge from Tavares to St. Louis. My computer is finally on line for the first time in a week and I am enjoying the show all over via Woody Boater posts. You guys did an amazing job.

    It was good to see and visit with so many of you at the show. It’s fun to see so many Woody Boats in one place but what makes it better is to feel a warm hand-shake, see a great smile and hear a warm greeting from all the Woody Boaters & Boatresses. Thanks for that.

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