I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I don’t really like winter. I like it HOT – there is no such
thing as “too hot”. I quickly get used to the heat. I also enjoy driving, so
driving south to Florida is a very pleasant experience, and I enjoy each
kilometer that brings me closer to warm sunny weather. Or at least that is how
it is supposed to be . . . . .
This trip it took much longer for the “South” to make its
presence known. It was bitter cold when we left, and even though it was
officially spring, the temperature was -10° as we left home, and dropped to
-15° as we made our way through New Brunswick. There was still snow on the
ground at home, and it seemed to take forever to get rid of it. Of course it
didn’t help that we were fleeing a huge storm that was coming up the coast
against us. We avoided it by going in-land, but it spread snow all the way
south to Virginia.
Trees in Bloom
Rolling south brings temperature changes as you progress
down through the states. Normally the temperatures gradually increase, but this
time it took much longer. Leaving Connecticut it was -7°, and although it did
get up to 0° as the sun came up, it remained at 0° way down to West Virginia.
From there it slowly came up a bit to +4°, but when we stopped in Virginia for
the night Regis had to scrape not only our windshield but also the lady’s car
parked next to us. She was not prepared for the -5 that morning and didn’t even
own a scraper. It didn’t actually warm up until we reached South Carolina when
it got up to 10°, but the real warmth did not arrive until we got to Georgia
when things finally started climbing, and by the time we hit Florida it was
finally up to 20°.
The other thing you look for as you roll south is the
changes in the vegetation. At home everything is dull boring, brown, but as you
roll south things slowly start to green. First come the farmer’s fields
fertilized and prepped for the year to come. This appeared first in West
Virginia, but as you got to southern Virginia even the highway mediums were
starting to green up. Finally in the Carolinas the trees start to bloom and
green buds appear. As we got to South Carolina even the trees started to leaf
out, and finally in Florida things are actually green.
Florida at Last
Of course the other change that occurs as you roll south is
the clothing. Before Virginia it was all winter clothes and boots. The first
T-Shirt did not appear until Virginia, and he was pushing it in my opinion. The
first pair of shorts appeared in South Carolina, and the flip-flops did not
arrive until we hit Florida, where the bikinis and pink surfer shorts also made
I’m hoping that I stay here in the warmth long enough that I
do not have to roll north into freezing weather again . . . .