After nearly a month in the Milwaukee Area we finally leave on Thursday. Today, our last day in the area will see us finishing our provisioning shopping trips and finally heading over the Kathryn & Michael’s place for brats on the grill. Can’t leave Wisconsin with stocking up on Braunschweiger, our favorite bean coffee, and a few other nice-nice goodies.
Tuesday we spent in the Bong area. Time for haircuts for the both of us — after getting a crew cut half a year ago it’s finally grown out enough to need a real haircut.
We think we’re settling on a winter plan; but we don’t want to jinx the plan by talking about it. A few more phone calls are needed. But we’re thinking about a mix of Autumn movement and some Winter hunkering down sounds like a good thing. We might have spent last winter in one place while we were in Oregon; but with our regular volunteer job we really didn’t do much “retirement” living. We were too busy working — having fun, but still, we were working at something we wanted to do and we didn’t take a lot of time to read, and get regular exercise, and just enjoy life. So we’re kind of thinking about a few months in one hopefully warm place and just getting to see what it’s like to be a ‘snowbird.’ (Can that term be used equally of Florida Snowbirds AND Texas Snowbirds?)
I’m tired of dragging my cameras around and not using them. I want to spend some time near refuges and something different than we see all the time.
I’ve talked about our temperature comfort zone and it’s time for a little update. We decided to stay here in Wiconsin through September because the climate chart has kept us in our desired temperature range. And from here we travel 300 miles to Shelbyville Illinois, a Corps of Engineers campground known as Coon Creek. We’ll only be here 1 week, and then travel about another 100 miles South — so the average temps stay within our range if you extrapolate a little. 🙂
I don’t think we’re going to get to Quartzite this year — it’s something I want to do — if for no other reason than just for the kick of being part of the zoo. Maybe next year.
I think we have talked ourselves out of Bosque del Apache in February. For one thing we are thinking it’s a better visit in Autumn than pre-Spring. Secondly we are of a mind that we’ll stay put in one place for longer than that. Perhaps, a full four months.
Four months is a long time, but how will we know what it’s like to be ‘Snowbirds’ if we cut our experiment short. And that’s one of the ways that the prototypical Snowbird justifies their lengthy stay: being in one place for a long time lowers your daily rental — and it does. But, to me, part of the challenge for Peg and I is what it will be like to stay in a place-not-Milwaukee for an extended time without an active gig. We aren’t sit-on-the-beach-for-weeks-at-a-time people. It was easy to be in Oregon as volunteers — the daily ritual filled much of the day. But being in FL or TX as ‘just’ visitors without the ritual, that will be the challenge!
We’ll probably head West again after we leave FL/TX (whichever it ends up being — most likely TX).
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you again tomorrow. 🙂