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Thanks to the determination and hospitality of Tim and Joan Juhl, a campsite was indeed available in Camp Schoeller at 6th and Elm and the campfire gathering on Tuesday evening was a smashing success. We didn't make an official count but there were about two dozen hale and hearty souls in attendance despite the somewhat soggy condition of the terrain in the camping area (a bit like fresh cheese curds, eh?). The soft ground prohibited me from parking our fifth wheeler next to the Juhls as planned but I was able to wallow in there with the truck . Everyone seemed to have a good time swapping stories, putting faces onto names that we had come to know, roasting brats over the fire, and sharing the whole Oshkosh experience.
Thanks to Tim and Joan for their generosity and the notion to hold this get-together in the first place, and thanks to all who took the time to attend after a busy day at Airventure. Two side notes; first, the award for The Most Heartwarming Appreciation and Consumption of Louisiana Boudin was a tie shared by the three members of the David Gallagher family in attendance. Despite the handicap of their Ohio Buckeye origins, they took on the challenge and met it with gusto... ca c'est bon com ca! I now have an even greater appreciation for this most gracious group of northerners ;-)
Second, the Party Pooper award for this inaugural event goes to Bob Beach who despite his many years of residence in Louisiana and his courage and determination to fly in on Thursday and reside in a tent through the the great Airventure flood of 2010, he found himself too old and too tired to attend. (I told you we would talk about you Bob).
Thanks again to all involved and we'll see you at the Zenith dinner at Robin's Restaurant tonight!
Ed and Papa