• Don & Julie at Ringling Bros Sarasota
  • Don & Julie Sskyway Bridge
  • Bush Gardens - Penni & Don Tietsma
  • Don with his son Casey & wife Lisa
  • Lyon's at Tiger Game - Julie, Don, Ted, Loretta
  • Busch Gardens, Tampa, Don Tietsma, Penni, Jim, Bill Don, Jane, Julie
  • Wayne & Debbie visit - Don, Julie, Bill, Wayne, Jim, Debbie
  • St. Pete Pier - Pelican
  •  Don, Penni, Jane
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Don & Bill - Skyway Bridge
  • Don & Jim - St. Pete - 4th Street Fishery
  • Don & Jim Ringling Bros Mansion
  • Busch Gardens - Don & Julie
  • Salvadore Dali Musum - Julie & Don
  • Ringling Bros - Julie & Don
  • St Pete Beach - Don & Julie

Florida Vacation

Click "Start Slide Show" to watch highlights from the Florida mini-reunion in 2008 when Don & Julie visited. While they were here, we met up with Ted, Loretta & Doris, Jane, Shirley, Don, Penni, Debbie and Wayne, Don's son, Casey and his girlfriend, Lisa. My brother Jim and I also joined in and we had great time.

Mini Reunion 2008 - Click "Start Slide Show" on slide  (Music: Beach Boys - Kokomo)

 

Don and Julie Lyon decided to spend their 2008 vacation in Florida. Don is an avid sports fan and has enjoyed the Detroit Tigers since he was a kid, so he was primarily interested in spring training. Since this was his first trip to Florida, he and Julie were also interested in taking in as many of the Florida sights as they could, and they wanted to spend time with other family members that were vacationing here or live here.

We all had a lot of fun playing tourists and getting to know one another better. Here’s a partial list of what we did:

  • Don went to at least four baseball games.
  • We visited Shirley Whitmore in Leesburg, Florida. Jane Perkins was also there visiting from Michigan.
  • Seven of us spent the day at Busch Gardens (Jane, Don, Julie, Don & Penni Tietsma, Jim and myself (Bill).
  • Don and Julie made two trips to Kennedy Space Center with Don’s niece Debbie (Ted's daughter) and her husband Wayne who live in Oviedo, Florida.
  • We visited Ringling Brothers in Sarasota, Florida for the day. I only live 45 minutes away, but that was my first time to visit the attraction.
  • Don and Julie Spent one day with Don’s son Casey, who was also visiting from California with his girlfriend, Lisa. They went to Red Sox game in Ft. Myers and they spent another day in the Siesta key area enjoying the beaches and the wildlife.
  • Don, Julie and I spent about half a day at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and the rest of the day around the downtown area and at the Pier where we had a real nice meal and spent quite a bit of time watching the Pelicans. One other day, we took in some of the local sites, including St. Petersburg Beach at Pass-A-Grill, the fishing docks and picture taking. During the three weeks Don and Julie were here, I took almost 500 pictures. Some of them are in various locations on this website and in the collage that can be downloaded in the Docs area.

Florida Vacation 2008

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St Pete Beach - Don & Julie
St Pete Beach - Don & Julie
Ringling Bros - Julie & Don
Ringling Bros - Julie & Don
Salvadore Dali Musum - Julie & Don
Salvadore Dali Musum - Julie & Don
Busch Gardens - Don & Julie
Busch Gardens - Don & Julie
Don & Jim Ringling Bros Mansion
Don & Jim Ringling Bros Mansion
Don & Jim - St. Pete - 4th Street Fishery
Don & Jim - St. Pete - 4th Street Fishery
Don & Bill - Skyway Bridge
Don & Bill - Skyway Bridge Don & Bill with Sykway Bridge in background.
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral
 Don, Penni, Jane
Don, Penni, Jane Family get-together at Busch Gardens
St. Pete Pier - Pelican
St. Pete Pier - Pelican This photo was taken in Saint Petersburg near the pier. It was a lot of fun watching the pelican's fish.
Wayne & Debbie visit - Don, Julie, Bill, Wayne, Jim, Debbie
Wayne & Debbie visit - Don, Julie, Bill, Wayne, Jim, Debbie Don, Julie, my brother Jim and I visited Wayne & Debbie at their home near Orlando.
Busch Gardens, Tampa, Don Tietsma, Penni, Jim, Bill Don, Jane, Julie
Busch Gardens, Tampa, Don Tietsma, Penni, Jim, Bill Don, Jane, Julie
Lyon's at Tiger Game - Julie, Don, Ted, Loretta
Lyon's at Tiger Game - Julie, Don, Ted, Loretta
Don with his son Casey & wife Lisa
Don with his son Casey & wife Lisa
Don & Julie Sskyway Bridge
Don & Julie Sskyway Bridge
Don & Julie Skyway Bridge - Tampa
Don & Julie Skyway Bridge - Tampa
Don & Julie at Ringling Bros Sarasota
Don & Julie at Ringling Bros Sarasota
Don Lyon
Don Lyon Don at a pre-season Detroit Tiger baseball game in Lakeland.
Julie-Doris,Ted-Don
Julie-Doris,Ted-Don Ted & Loretta Lyon, daughter Dorris at their RV in Winter Haven, Florida
Don & Julie with Jazzy
Don & Julie with Jazzy Don & Julie were having fun helping Bill's Pomeranian's, Krypton and Jazzy.
Don & Julie - Skyway Bridge
Don & Julie - Skyway Bridge Don & Julie with Skyway Bridge in background.
Casey & Lisa in Tampa
Casey & Lisa in Tampa Don's son Casey& Wife Lisa
Julie & Don
Julie & Don Picture was taken at the Bonefish restaurant in Brandon, Florida
Ted Lyon
Ted Lyon Ted in Winter Haven.

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