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Friday, February 07, 2014

One of the perks of living in Florida



Let me start by saying this is not a weather blog.  Certainly weather plays a role in this perk, but not the only one.  We have lived in numerous places, but one thing is different, at least for us, about Florida.

We first noticed this perk while living in Miami for a year.  We found that we were suddenly popular.  Almost as soon as we settled into our condo on Biscayne  Bay, we started to have friends and family visit in a steady stream.  I certainly get the appeal of being in Miami in the winter rather than the other places like OH, PA, or DC where we have lived.  Whatever the attraction, we enjoy the opportunity to visit with friends old and new wherever we are.

These last two weeks we have been lucky enough to have two couples we have known for many years visit along with relatively new friends that we met on a rally back in 2010.
 
Our friends Judy and Gary stopped by on a road trip from the Tampa area on their way to New Orleans.  They made the Alaska trip with us back in May of last year. Their picture is from the glacier tour out of Valdez, since I failed to get a picture during this visit.


Next Jim and Helen made an extended stop here with their new motorhome to help us taste test some wines from our wine club.  We had a great time with them and even managed to get out see some local history at Fort Pickens. 





Most recently, Dan and Corrie stopped for a few days in their motorhome to visit on their way west.  We have known Dan and Corrie since the late 1970's.  Dan and I were stationed together in Rotterdam and we both left with Dutch wives.  We have continued to cross paths over the years and even were stationed together in Rotterdam during the last part of the 1990's.  Since then we both have enjoyed RVing, meeting up along the road occasionally.



We certainly hope this perk continues, as spending good times with friends and family is what it is all about!

14 comments:

Gypsy said...

Nothing like being in a prime travel corridor to bring on the visitors.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Well, if we were in Florida, you could possible see the Weavers passing by. What fun it is to have so many friends add you two to their cross-country adventures. Hope you keep enjoying the good life.

Gail Houle said...

That is definitely one great perk!

Randy Warner said...

We love Florida too! Have ever since we lived there in the late '70s and it is where we got married. Yes, nothing like getting to see friends - one of life's truly great treasures.

Wanderin' said...

It's amazing how the weather really does play a part. Those in the south see people during the winter and those in the north get the same ones in the summer.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Very cool (no pun intended). Nothing better than friends dropping in especially long term friends. A special part of life. :c)

We hope to drop by one of these days, too!

Judith Bell said...

Location, location! I'm always amazed at the number of old and new friends I get to visit with when I'm at a refuge along I-10. Definitely a perk!

Jim and Sandie said...

I'm not sure why but not too many of our friends from up north have discovered how wonderful being south in the winter is. They also haven't figured out how great RVing is. I figure it's their loss. But we sure have made a whole bunch of new really good friends.

Nancy said...

Though I consider Colorado the most beautiful place I've lived, I got many more visitors when living in southern California. Great to be in a place people like to visit.

Phyllis said...

Must be something about the Dutch! Sounds like two lucky men!

Sherry said...

I love that people drop by Florida on their way west. That's something I've never done. Well unless I was going west from Florida. Hmmmmm I'm thinking they have actually gone out of their way to drop by to see you two. Popularity has its blessings.

Rick Doyle said...

A beautiful winter location does make it very attractive for visitors. Sounds like you're having a great winter!

Laura Skjenna said...

And a wonderful perk it is!

Bob and Jo said...

Florida in a couple of winters, who knows :-)