Dogwood kicked off the 2011 season with a rally at Fort Monroe. Click here to view photos. Ten coaches started the weekend parked along the seawall to enjoy the spectacular view. Hosts for the weekend were Jim & Susan Buelow, Donald & Carol Warthan and Steve & Sue Sohles. Steve & Sue did an excellent job as first time hosts and we will be calling upon them again in the future!
Several coaches arrived on Thursday and shared a spaghetti dinner. The rally officially kicked off on Friday with a happy hour followed by dinner of chicken and make your own subs. We then celebrated Carl Gruel's 29th (?) birthday with cake and ice cream.
Saturday was a full day of eating. We started off with a breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, muffins and more. Then we got together for lunch as there was plenty of food left over from Friday's dinner. After a little siesta we got back together for happy hour and a bbq dinner.
Mother Nature wasn't the most cooperative for the weekend, but we are fortunate it wasn't worse. It was windy the entire weekend and a severe storm was forecasted for Saturday. On Saturday six coaches moved to the perimeter of the pavilion to block the wind and rain. Fortunately the weather didn't hamper our activities. Everyone was a bit apprehensive Saturday and followed the updated weather forecasts. We escaped the storm's path, however Gloucester and other nearby areas had significant damage due to tornadoes.
Of course Sunday morning was beautiful just in time to pack up and head home. A good time was had by all. Thanks again to our hosts!