Are we officially snowbirds? Wikipedia’s definition includes us: “A snowbird is a person who migrates from the colder northern parts of North America to warmer southern locales, typically during the winter… A significant portion of the snowbird community is made up of recreational vehicle users (RVers).” So then yes, we’re happily snowbirds, leaving gloomy Virginia in gloomy January for sunny Florida. Why Florida, you ask? Especially when you obviously are in love with sunny locations like West Texas and Arizona, you ask? Well, friend, Florida is a lot closer to Virginia, we have just one month to travel, and we are looking to maximize our sunshine. Plus, we’ve not really done that much in Florida (other than Eastpoint/Apalachicola twice, Bronson/Ocala, St Augustine, Destin, and Pensacola Beach) and there’s a lot more to see and do there. We’re taking our road bikes and plan to do more cycling than hiking this trip. Bugsy’s aging little legs won’t mind the decrease in mileage.
Here’s our rough itinerary. Thoughts? Additions? Warnings?
- Quick stops in Asheville, Atlanta, and somewhere in Florida on the way down to…
- Key West for several days, including a few with our moms. We’ve made some dinner reservations: Blue Heaven, Louie’s Backyard, Santiago’s Bodega, A&B Lobster House
- Everglades National Park
- Myakka River State Park
- Dunedin, a cute little town, and nearby Honeymoon Island State Park
- Try to see friends in Tampa
- The Homosassa / Crystal River area to see manatees!
- Return to Black Prong Equestrian Village in Bronson, the nicest campground we’ve ever stayed at
- Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
- Return to the super campground outside St Augustine
- Fort Clinch
That seems like enough to keep us busy for the month. Please let us know if you have suggestions for great things to do in Florida!