Our WaeGo friend Evie Tate has settled in down in St. Petersburg, FL and has room for 7 at her house from likely January 16-20, and has invited WaeGos to come play.
The Pinellas bike trail (36 miles) is near her and Evie has investigated bike rental, and we have been working on logistics for a week-long trip. Evie has been hiking some nearby state parks, historic areas and beaches, and says there are lots of WaeGo-terrific things to do in her area.
I have been talking to WaeGos this past week, and discussing with them and Evie what transportation and housing possibilities might work most smoothly. Evie's daughter and grandchild will be gone over this long weekend, and return to their beds Jan. 19 or 20, and the first 7 signed up will be able to stay with her, and then switch to a motel or rental house until Jan. 22 (unless you cannot bear to return to Wisconsin in January). If we go over 7 travelers, we’ll be looking for reasonably priced motels or a rental home closeby for the rest for the whole week. Without knowing how many WaeGos might commit, here is a beginning basic plan for January 15-22:
Fly Southwest out of Milwaukee Thursday, Jan 15, nonstop into Tampa (near St. Petersburg). Probable motel stay night Jan 15. Pick up rental van or whatever vehicles we need to rent. Three of our WaeGos have already booked Delta Airlines out of CWA on January 14 and plan a night or two of motels after arriving in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area, and will be returning Jan. 21. Maggie Steder, Carol Vandenbusch or Maggie Holt can provide you with info on their CWA flights if you are interested; they just booked today.
Jan. 16-17 rent bikes and bike the Pinellas Trail, using a small UHaul to transport bikes (maybe another day or 2 of biking other area bike trails for those interested) **Plan to bring your own bike helmet and lock.
On Non-biking days visit: Fort Desoto Park, any of the local wildlife refuges and parks and local beaches, and we can travel a bit and kayak on the Crystal River among the manatees. Maybe even visit a museum or two. I’m hoping to meet with those either planning to go or thinking about going on Thursday at the potluck, to plot out a basic plan for biking, so we can figure out transportation logistics, bike rental, and housing. Then we can work on other activities which won’t involve planning ahead as much.
January 22 (Thursday)- Return to Wisconsin via Southwest into Milwaukee. Note that the Merrill School Forest overnight is Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23 and 24 starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, so you’ll be back in plenty of time to play in the snow. (picked up my new computer today and it is working pretty well for those who know the terrible story of my computer's death last week- but I'm still getting to know her)
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-574-0270 to discuss details or questions. Evie is reachable at email@example.com and her cell is (715) 302-5345. Address: 3868 Island Way, St. Petersburg, FL.
Here is the info on nonstop flights I’ve just booked for Rita Wiechman and me out of Milwaukee for $219: LV Milwaukee Thursday, Jan. 15 on Southwest Airlines Flight #4369 at 2:30 pm, arriving in Tampa at 6:25 pm (ET). Returning Thursday, Jan. 22 on Southwest Airlines Flight #2343 nonstop, departing Tampa at 11:25 am (ET) and arriving in Milwaukee at 1:15 p.m. (Central Time). (2 bags fly free on Southwest) Milwaukee Airport Supersaver parking is $6.50/day, with shuttles every 10 minutes.