Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Flea Market, Baseball and Friends

We continued with busy days and were on the go Saturday.  We left the campground about 9:00 AM and drove over to the Plant City Produce Market.  Oops.  I-75 and I-4 converge east of Tampa and we hit a massive traffic jam.

Ugh.  Saturday just outside of Tampa.  We also forgot that the annual Plant City Strawberry Festival was going on so that added to the parking lot type situation.  We endured it for a while and then found alternative roads and made it over to the Product Market at Plant City.  Oops.  This was not a flea market but a produce wholesale market.  Interesting but not what we were looking for.

Turns out Big Top Flea Market was back toward I-75.  We drove another 30 minutes and back tracked to go there.  It was a pleasant drive this time because we took secondary roads.  We saw the countryside and got to see more of Florida than if we'd gone blasting down I-4.

We were looking for a front license plate but didn't see any that peaked our interest and grabbed some lunch at Chick-Fil-A.  Next stop was Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland and the Spring Training Home of the Detroit Tigers.
It was crowded but we scored a parking spot for $5 across the street from the stadium so that was nice.

We also got great seats and enjoyed some shade.

Pregame activities included having a 92 year old WWII vet throw out the first pitch and then the U.S. Special Operations Command paratroopers from US CENTCOM at MacDill AFB jumped out of an airplane onto the field.
 That was impressive and charged the crowd up!
 We got a quick photo and enjoyed the game.
The Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and  we also got to see Marj and George again.

Next we went over to Sanlan RV Resort to see Marg and Bill.  We stayed at week at the campground a couple of months ago and were glad to be able to spend some time with them again.  In fact, it was Marg's birthday and we went out to dinner to celebrate.

After dinner we drove the 90 minutes back to our campground near Hudson and called it a day.  It was busy but a lot of fun and we got to see some of our favorite people!

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Sounds like a nice time. It was 89 degrees and HUMID here today.

  2. Didn't know Word of Life had a campground in Florida. We've been to Word of Life in NY State a few times (without a camper, though).

    1. It's worth checking out if you have a chance!

    2. It's been great and we may be able to see another game or two!

  3. Always a good day when at the ball park.