Mrs. Barbara and I departed Saturday, June 24th and went to Orlando to have some much needed rest and relaxation in Florida. Barbara needed a nice black dress that she could wear to grandson, Jeremy Herbert’s wedding on, July 7, 2017 at Ashley Manor in Baton Rouge (Invitation Only). She found a dress that she looks stunning in, and none of the other guest will have, for the wedding. That took most of day Sunday.

Monday she went shoe shopping and I was just beginning to feel bad from a sinus infection. I was down from Monday night to Thursday afternoon.

I had a lot of gift cards from Christmas and Father’s Day that I had been saving for this trip. So I treated myself to some nice things also. We had a lot of good food during the trip, eating out all but two of the days we were gone.

There were three real highlights to the trip. I got to see my grade school and high school classmate, retired Navy Torpedoman, Henry Barrs. Henry is living in Winter Park, FL. He came over to our place and spent a few hours talking about old times. I was very happy to see him again.

On that same day, my sister, Beatrice Smithdrove over from Ormond Beach, FL and spent some time with Barbara and myself.

During the trip to Orlando, we stopped at the: “Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, in Ocala, FL, just off of Interstate 75, a little north of Gainesville, FL, and spent a lot of time going through the buildings of old drag racing history, cars, antiques, engines, carburetors and manifolds and much, much more. They recommend that you take about 2-3 hours to tour the two buildings. Barbara and I only had one hour and ten min. to see everything before closing time. The Sr. admission is $15 each, and it is worth every penny. Please give yourself at least 2 hours to see and read some of the information. They could use another big building for all the cars, trophies and photos they have stuffed into the two large buildings there. PHOTOS

We cut out a side trip to my hometown, Daytona Beach, FL due to my being sick. The city was hosting the Coke Firecracker 400 NASCAR race and there would have been wall to wall people all over the place anyway.

We had a safe, blessed, time. Both of us got some much needed rest and I am feeling much better now. Thank God for a safe trip.