Tailgating Thompson style takes a little bit of pre-planning. We leave coolers and other game-day gear at our secondary headquarters, Josh's parent's house. Josh also coordinated to have our needed supplies delivered to their house for easy pick-up. This year that included special order grits and tickets to the game (two VERY important things). If you've ever had Georgia Ice Cream, then you would agree. If you haven't then you need to and fast!
Now, we needed to focus on the rest of our supplies. Which also entails a trip to our favorite store Publix, gosh I love and miss that place. So on our flight down I made our list and checked it twice.
So after a brief stop, and an overflowing shopping cart we were ready for Cheese Grits and Egg Sandwiches pre-game, and Cheese Steaks for the post game tailgate.
Josh cooked up a storm by 9 am.
The beautiful sights of early morning tailgating.
And don't start to think for a second that we aren't set up with Bloody Mary's in hand by 8:30 am every game day in Gainesville whether the game is at noon or 8 pm. We get there as soon as the RV lot opens and let the good times roll.
Sadly with the early kick-off, it made it difficult for me to tailgate hop. Luckily, my friends had a parking pass in the same lot, making it much easier to meet up with the besties!
Walking to the game my dad did make the comment that he could tell I'd been gone for the past two years because we were actually able to walk to the game with out stopping 200+ times to say hello or talk to a friend of mine. That kind of made me sad, guess I've lost my title of Honorary Mayor of Gainesville.
We had a great time at the game, so glad to be able to spend time with my #1 gator girlfriend. We've been going to games together for the past 13 years-wow. I do have to say I much prefer sitting in her seats now in the shade and air conditioning of Touchdown Terrace than with the sun blaring down on us with no room to move in our block in the student section! But I wouldn't trade those days of Lemon Ices for anything, well maybe a TT cookie or two.
We topped the day off wishing Robey at happy 21st with the largest sheet cake I've ever seen. By then soaring temps pushed me to the sidelines and I was ready for some AC and H20! Josh did tell me he knew I was officially old when I wanted to be home and in bed before 10 pm on a game day.
It's true, although I may not recognize as many friendly faces as I walk to the stadium and may want to turn in when the post game party is just getting started. I still love my Gators and all the wonderful friends, family and memories this team has brought me.