April of 2006 we traveled to Key West to join over 20 other MGAs in the
second annual Key West Regional. NAMGAR's George Merryweather organizes
the Regional held each year and schedules it during the
"Conch Republic Festival", which is Key West's version of Mardi Gras.
the A to DC in a driving rainstorm and stayed overnight with friends
Deb and Al Gray. On Monday we boarded the AMTRAK AutoTrain in Lorton VA
and arrived the next day in Sanford, FL, about 30 miles north of
Orlando and 400 miles from Key West.
staying over in Key Largo, we hooked up with the other MGAs in Marathon
Key and formed a caravan over the old railroad bridge to Pigeon Key.
This bridge has been closed to traffic for decades, but we were given
special permission to use it. Many thanks to local resident (and owner
of the legendary 100,000th MGA) Fred Skomp for arranging that!
night was the big parade down Duval street, and we were the guests of
honor - tossing beads and getting cheers from the crowd.
After a car show and banquet on Saturday we all headed home, sunburnt
but loaded with great memories. If you ever get the chance, this is one
MGAdventure you just can't miss!