Mar 122016

You can tell it’s mid-March in Florida because the crickets are chirping and the snowbirds are starting to make their migration back up north.

Low fuel prices and cold weather in other parts of the country have made for full campgrounds here in the Sunbelt all winter. But in the last few days we’ve seen empty campsites here at Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood, and there is a lot of talk on Facebook as people get back on the road.

As for us, we’re not following the snowbirds just yet. We’ve got a few more days left here at Three Flags and then early next week we will be returning to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve in Clermont for another two week stay. Then we plan to go over to Horseshoe Cove RV Resort in Bradenton for the month of April so we can check out some of the communities on the southern Gulf Coast.

After that, I’m not sure what we’ll do. We may go down to the Keys for a couple of weeks, then I think we’ll spend some time over around New Smyrna Beach and Saint Augustine getting to know that area better before we start heading north to be at the Escapees Escapade rally in Vermont the third week of July.

Snowbirds aren’t the only critters around here these days. This Sandhill crane came strolling through the campground yesterday afternoon just as cool as can be, ignoring all of the people and their dogs around it. They stand close to four feet tall on those long legs of theirs, and if you ever hear a flock of them sounding off, it’s something you won’t soon forget! Some people say they are ugly but I think they’re pretty neat.

Sandhill crane Three Flags small

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is a biggie, not one, but two audiobooks! My pal Carol Ann Newsome has donated the first two books in her excellent Dog Park mystery series, A Shot in the Bark and Drool Baby. If you love dogs and enjoy a good mystery story, you’ll quickly become a fan of Carol Ann’s books. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

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Thought For The Day I now have an EpiPen. My friend gave it to me as he was dying. By the way he was waving his arms around, it seemed real important to him that I have it.

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  2 Responses to “Crickets, Snowbirds, And Sandhills”

  1. I’ll be interested to hear your take on Horseshoe Cove compared to Pleasant Lake. We drove thru both of them and much preferred Pleasant Lake.

  2. Just finished your last Big Lake book, and can hardly wait for the next one to be released. You have done some out standing writing and great story lines. Looking forward to some more great reading.

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