Meet Your Host
Celebrating their arrival at the Great Wall of China.
Innkeeper Bill Ockunzzi, himself no novice to traveling, has literally visited EVERY STATE – spending two summers in Alaska – in addition to traveling Europe, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Asia and, most recently Italy. Having negotiated the corporate world, the only thing Bill “negotiates” now is whitewater rapids. His favorite trip is a week long wilderness rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho (the river of no return).
His recent adventures with Cindi include Barcelona, Spain and the French Riviera; Ireland; a month tour of the Scandinavian and Baltic countries (Cindi picked up her Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden); 7 day bike/barge tour in Burgundy, France; Cairn, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Tasmania in Australia and New Zealand’s North and South Islands. In 2013 they spent five weeks in China and Nepal and separate trips in California’s wine country and North Carolina mountains.
In 2014 Bill and Cindi spent one month in Italy with stops in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sicily, Aeolian Islands (week long boat/bike tour), Calabria and Puglia. The highlight was visiting Bill’s grandfathers boyhood home and meeting a cousin! Recently they returned from a trip to Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. Bill and Cindi sailed through the Straits of Magellan and Beagle Channel and stood on Cape Horn, lands end in the Western Hemisphere.
Bill and Cindi at the bottom of the world, Cape Horn, Chile, South America!
Cindi also has an extensive travel resume. She hitchhiked through Europe one summer while in college and has visited Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Greece, the old Yugoslavia, and most of the rest of Europe, Nepal and China. Cindi managed a ski club in Tampa and led trips to almost every ski area in Colorado, Whistler in British Columbia, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and more. She finished her “working” career in the construction industry as an interior designer, most recently on a high rise building on Tampa’s Harbor Island.
Bill, you can call him “Mayor Bill,” served on the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission for six years, three as Mayor. He also was an officer and served on the corporate boards of two professional firms providing engineering, architecture, environmental and planning services. He was also Executive Director of a multi county government agency in Florida.
Bill and Cindi look forward to welcoming you to the Laughing Lizard Bed and Breakfast.