On Wednesday we headed out for the Mid South Regional Pickleball Tournament in Mandeville, LA. We drove as far as Pensacola and stopped to spend the night at a Days Inn before heading on to Louisianna. Both of us were pretty tired so we just ordered Pizza delivery from Pizza Hut. Crossing the panhandle of Florida we passed into the Central Time Zone...........so I'm not sure what time it was when we called it a night.
On Thursday morning we continued or trip into Louisianna. I ALWAYS have my camera with me wherever I go........but for some reason I put it in my pickleball bag, and put the pickleball bag in the trunk of the car! As we drove along I-10 through Alabama and Missippi I could have kicked myself - with the overcast sky - I could have got some great shots. I'll have to catch them on the return trip, I guess.
We arrived at the Microtel Hotel in Pearl River, Louisiana about 1:00 - and checked in to our room . We stayed here last year when we came for the tournament; it's a brand new hotel - the rooms are great - the breakfast is excellent AND free, and the price is reasonable...........
Dinner was great.......and true Louisiana style. You had your choice of Jambalaya or Black Beans and Rich with potato and tossed salad and bread, with cake for dessert. Some great door prizes were given out -but ALAS..... neither Rich nor I had the right numbers tonight.
Neither did Byron - so he took to playing with his beads and caught the attention of everyone at the table. What a ham!!
Many of you know that I am the Regional Director for USAPA for the Atlantic South Region. That includes AL, GA, NC, SC and Florida. We had a great group of players from our Region show up for this Mid South Tournament - and I had the opportunity before dinner to invite everyone here to our upcoming Regional Tournament in February in Naples.
Below are some of our new acquaintances from the North Georgia area.
And from Alabama - this is Jerry and Virginia Corker from Mobile. We met them here last year. They brought with them two younger players that will also be competing. Bob Husky - from Opelika is also playing - but did not make it to the social tonight!
And one of the best things about the whole evening was seeing our friends Prissy and Marty Martin - from Louisiana. We met them here in Mandeville last year and told them about The Villages. We spent time with them last summer when they came and stayed at The Villages. It was just wonderful seeing the two of them again. I hope before this tournament is over that we get the chance to spend some time with them - maybe dinner one night!