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HCCA FL REGION Special Invitation

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HCCA FL REGION FALL 2017 TOUR Sarasota FL Jeryl & Alex Huppe

The Gulf Coast History Tour The weather for the fall tour in Sarasota could not have been better: clear, dry, mid-70s, blue skies and a gentle breeze from the Gulf. It was delicious.
Our tour began with a short run to the DeSoto Memorial Park, where we learned of DeSoto’s meandering 4,200 mile exploration of the Southeast, which began on the shoes of a Manatee River. The site is lovely, and the movies on DeSoto’s trip interesting, though at times interrupted by the giggles of schoolchildren, fascinated by depictions of Indians dressed just in loincloths.
We stopped by the Robinson Preserve, an expansive park along the shore, for a bit of refreshment before crossing the bay onto Longboat Key for a long drive along the Gulf. After lunch, we learned about marine life on the Gulf at the famed marine research facility and aquarium, Mote Marine.
Our return to the hotel took us around elegant St. Armand’s Circle, the Ringling Bridge and through the middle of downtown Sarasota. There was little traffc, so our brass tourists could enjoy the sights.
Saturday took us the long way around to the Saxon Motors Garage, where Alex and Jeryl keep their Florida cars, and Jeryl keeps her studio. A drive on the well-landscaped roads through the Palmer Ranch took us to Spanish Point, an historical park that has preserved Florida history from 5,000 years ago to the early 20th century. There is an Indian shell midden (a prehistoric trash pile) so large that you can walk into it. An early settler’s home is preserved, and their boat-building shed, chapel and fruit packing shed have been reconstructed. Well trained docents taught us about the way of life not just of the early settlers, but of the Indians who had lived there many millennia before. At lunch, we held our semi-annual meeting. The drive home included a stop at the new Audubon Center in the Celery Fields, internationally famous to birdwatchers.
On Sunday many of us drove to the Packard Meet at the Kaiser home, and renewed acquaintance with old friends from the car community there.
The tour included 38 members and 18 cars.

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Who We Are
The Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) is a nonprofit group founded in California in the 1930s. An enthusiastic band of Floridians formed our own regional chapter in 1990 and held our first tour in November of that year. We have a minimum of two multi-day weekend tours each year. One in March and one in November. The March tour is the weekend of the first Saturday of the month. The November tour is the weekend of the second Saturday of the month. Our tours are limited to non-modified vehicles with a model year of 1927 or before. These tours offer a wonderful way to enjoy Florida's warmth and sunshine and to see places and things that faster travelers miss.


Cracker Trail Newsletters.
Due to health issues of our editor, our group's newsletter is currently suspended. These little gems are sent out through email. We preserve copies of each newsletter that goes out so you don't have to. You can click on any of the following to view that publication.

Cracker Trail Vol 5 Number 1 (June 2011)
Cracker Trail Vol 5 Number 2 (Oct 2011)
Cracker Trail Vol 6 Number 1 (Jan 2012)
Cracker Trail Vol 6 Number 2 (May 2012)
Cracker Trail Vol 6 Number 3 (Sep 2012)
Cracker Trail Vol 7 Number 1 (Jan 2013)
Cracker Trail Vol 7 Number 2 (May 2013)
Cracker Trail Vol 7 Number 3 (Sep 2013)



Membership
HCCA membership is required of all active Florida region touring members. Meetings are held twice a year in conjuction with our spring and fall tours. Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend.
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Running a Tour for HCCAFL (or others)?

Here are some printable documents that might be helpful if you need to pull a tour together.
Click Checklist for a list of things to consider when running a Florida Region specific tour.
Click One day tour for an essay on running a one day activity.
Click Multi day tour for a formal layout of a multi-day activity.


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