Snowbirds flock south for the winter

As Neil Young once sang, “the summer ends and the winter winds begin to holler all around the bend…”

Numerous varieties of fresh citrus is available in Florida, South Texas, Arizona, and Southern California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The cooler temperatures have many of us thinking about the coming winter and the joys of dealing with snow, ice, bone-chilling cold, and heating bills that challenge the national debt.

You’re familiar with the drill: dig out the snow shovel, take the snow blower on a test run, and pull out the warm winter sweaters, parkas, mitts, and snow boots. Such are the joys of another Northern winter!

Most, if not all, of Canada and a considerable portion of the United States are situated north of the “winter comfort line.” I don’t know the location of that line, and it would vary from person to person, but too many of us endure cold and snowy winters rather than basking in warmer climes.

The entire history of the human race is largely a search for comfort. Warm southern winters certainly rate high on my comfort scale.

Snow geese and sandhill cranes at their winter destination: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Listen! Can you hear the flapping wings, quacks, honks, and eerie cackles of thousands of our avian friends preparing to “vee” south for the winter season?

The solution is to follow the migrating birds. Like Canada Geese, RVing Snowbirds know which way to fly when the mercury takes its annual plunge.

Does the idea sound good?

As you might expect, the U.S. Sunbelt is the most popular Snowbird destination. A common language and culture, familiarity, proximity, and easy accessibility make it the destination of choice for the vast majority of Snowbirds.

Snowbird destinations

The available options are unlimited enabling snowbirds to design their own lifestyle to suit their financial and social preferences.

Most Snowbird destinations have special attractions, good shopping, and restaurants—and there are friendly people everywhere.

The basic question is WHERE are YOU going to go?

And the answer should be based on your priorities.

And NO, there is NO PERFECT PLACE.

Since Snowbirds migrate south to avoid the cold and snow of winter, the obvious answer is “where it’s warm and sunny.” But there is NO PERFECT WEATHER anywhere.

Thus saying “where it’s warm and sunny,” is not specific enough.

There are many differences between the offerings that each southern state has to offer.

There are numerous factors worth considering, depending on your interests and needs.

Where Snowbirds migrate is based on a number of factors.

Climate

Is your preference for dry air or higher humidity? Above photo day tripping on the Apache Trail Scenic Byway, east of Apache Junction, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Do you prefer the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico with their sunny beaches and tropical breezes, or the mountains or arid desert? Is your preference for dry air or higher humidity?

Activities

What are your interests? What type of things do you like to do?

Do you like the feel of being out in the woods, on a river, or near a lake?

Are you into fishing or boating? Do you enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, or ATV activities?

Do you enjoy shopping? Swap meets? Flea markets? Farmers markets? Social activities? Dancing?

Are you a rock hound or into antiques?

Do you favor city life or rural ambiance?

Do you like to take in a movie or go to restaurants? Golf? Birding? Photography? Hobbies? Arts and Crafts? Pickle ball? Shuffle board? Card games? Music jams?

In tomorrow’s post we’ll discuss an additional five factors to consider when determining your Snowbird roost.

Worth Pondering…

The Itch…with me, it’s like an itch. But this persistent twinge is not where I can reach it, not even with a backscratcher. No, it tickles the inside of my head, just above whichever cortex controls curiosity. Intermittent at first, the itch becomes more insistent the longer I ignore it. Each day that our motorhome sits turtled on its parking pad—ratchets up the intensity of the itch until I eventually have no choice but to acknowledge it…and I must hit the road again…

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