Archive for March, 2011

Florida Fun In The Sun

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 24 hours ago I was on the Myakka Pines golf course in Florida.  Yesterday morning we had blue skies, a gulf shore breeze, and 78 degree temperatures.  Sand Hill Cranes, huge turtles, storks, egrets, and alligators were are  partners, as we played one last round of golf in the Florida sun.

We all had enjoyed this trip beyond what should be legal!  Great weather, fantastic food, friendly Floridians, tropical scenery, and fun and laughs that filled each day!  What more could you ask for?  We played 108 holes of golf in six days, and have the aching muscles to prove it.

Mary Louise and Bob Leech let us use their house while they took a winter cruise.  What a blessing it was to have such a great place to rest our weary bones after a hard day on the links.  Mary Louise is Norm Sauer’s sister who lives in Florida during the harsh Michigan winter months.  Her husband Bob is quite a guy, and I have a few stories to tell about his exploits, which I’ll do in upcoming blogs.

We also saw dolphins in the gulf. pelicans, eagles, wild pigs, armadillos, and even the “Met Life” blimp.  We had planned on cooking a few meals ourselves, but the food (fish) were so tasty we couldn’t stay away from the restaurants.  Every meal I had on this trip consisted of some sort of fish, except for one cheeseburger, and each meal was absolutely fantastic.  It’s almost worth going to Florida just for the food.  I ate Grouper fixed in many different ways, but my favorite was the horseradish battered fare.  I am not a horseradish fan, but this was soooo good I was dying for seconds.

The picture of the four of us (Norm, Brad, Randy, and me) was taken on our first day.  We were excited to be there, and couldn’t wait to hit that first ball.  On about the forth fairway we came to a “dog-leg” right on a par 4 hole.  Brother Brad is a long hitter and sent the ball slicing toward the green.  He hit a tree, but Norm said it cleared the pond in front of the green.  As we approached the area we thought the ball should be in we couldn’t find any sign of it.  Then four guys ahead of us said “If your looking for your ball your not going to find it, cause it hit just a few feet from the pond, and an alligator came out, grabbed the ball, and swam back in the pond with it!  Wow! We would of never known had not these four guys witnessed it.  Of course we let Brad “drop” a ball without a penalty stroke, and he chipped onto the green as we all grinned thinking about what just happened.

I’ll be blogging more about the trip and posting pictures for the next couple weeks.  It’s good to be home, but I want to put shorts, and a “T” shirt on and grab my clubs.  It’s time for this snow to disappear!