Last year this time we were in New Orleans and the ‘big deal’ was celebrating the end of hurricane season on October 31st. A year later and Hurricane Patricia, the storm that broke the classification scale for hurricanes is bearing down on Mexico and Texas. Times they are a changing.
We have family living in Houston and Galveston. I can’t say that we are going into the weekend without concerns. As I write this on Saturday morning Galveston is in the eye of the heaviest U.S. rain forecast for the weekend and they are looking at 15” of rain in a couple days. To me, that is SCARY in capital letters. After all (in duration) the rain we saw last year I wanted this winter to be drier, and hopefully warmer.
Well, we’re thinking that we’re going to take a calculated risk. Even though I’m still waiting on the Forest Service for some answers, I feel comfortable saying that we’re looking to spend the Winter in North Central Florida. And if you look at the NOAA forecast maps you’ll see that we probably won’t be drier or above normally warm!
I suppose some folks might hear these tentative plans and think we’re crazy; don’t we pay any attention to what we’ve said out loud?
Well, I guess consistency is over-rated! And temperature isn’t our only consideration.
I saw a map recently. The idea is to spend every day at 70º. And you could do it with a 9,000 mile route around the US. Not many miles for some RV’ers. But more than what we do in a year. So far in 2015 we have gone from Brownsville TX to Oregon, and back to Wisconsin. That’s about 5400 miles. If we add 1400 miles from Milwaukee to North Central Florida we’re still sitting at 6800 miles — so roughly 2/3’s of the mileage it might have taken to stay in 70º all year long. We aren’t that organized! But, it’s doable if you want to pursue the dream.
Peg & I, though, are looking for a variety of experiences. Warmth is part of the formula, but as I’ve explained, being useful is also part. And staying healthy. And having fun. Having fun is definitely a big part of the formula! So, even if we get rained on, and even if Florida has cooler than normal temps I think that’s where we’ll end up this winter so long as the terms of our volunteer gig hold. If I sound leery about this gig it’s because I am the age I am, and all the stories I’ve been told in life have not been true. Sometimes you get a feeling in a conversation that just leaves you unsettled. Maybe I’m reacting to a new employee’s unfamiliarity with their job, maybe they weren’t being 100% transparent. I’d like to know before we drive 1400 miles. But there’s nothing to keep us there if we find the situation was mis-represented — so there are always options. We’ve never spent an entire Winter in Florida — so this will be an interesting experience for us. And an exciting one. We’re pumped at the idea. And we can always do Arizona next year…. Maybe…
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.