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#1 Plainsman

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:40 PM

We got 44° last night, and some places nearby got 36°. This is our "subtle" annual August reminder that Father Winter is stomping toward us in his mukluks.

 

So, what plans are being made for the winter? Southern climes beckoning anyone?

 

The dawgz and I are looking forward to another few months in the Southwest. There are SO many places we want to explore— and some we have already explored but just want to go back to "for ol' times sake."

 

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:49 PM

Right now, we're planning on doing rain and snow dances here in the PNW. I grew up in the midwest where I learned to loathe snow, but these days, I want some. A LOT. The alpine zones are clear, warm and dry...and that's not good.

 

Honestly, though, we'd not given a thought to a winter camping trip. We've had to forestall our planned trip to Capitol Reef NP due to the fires. Unless they make it a mandatory evacuation, we're planning on sticking it out here at the homestead in order to fight a fire. That's probably not going to happen...oh, god, I hope not..but still, we're not alone in our plans having changed.

 

If we get rain...I like the idea of a winter camping trip. Not sure where. The Southwest is always a good bet.


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#3 Plainsman

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:58 PM

I sure hope the fires miss you. Might cross paths in the SW! Dang good place to spend the Snow Moons.


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#4 C.FiberglassFreedom

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 09:28 PM

Here in Florida it's been in the high 80's to the low 90's the last few months usually staying in the low 80's at night. I would love to feel cold weather right now.
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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:10 AM

Yep-- 80's here in SoCal.

I'll be spending winter in the desert and at the beach. :)

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 03:24 AM

Hey All,
I will be headed to Florida for my first winter escape from New England. I have reservations at St George Island state park and will be spending some time at Ft Pickens also. My plan is to head out west in 2017 God willing. Last winter it it didn't snow much until January but then it came with a vengeance and we had at least 3 feet of snow on the ground until March, " UNCLE ". Any information or advice on things to see and do in the Florida Panhandle would be appreciated. Thanks

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 04:47 AM

    i'm still in "meet new/old casita friends" mode, so i'm headed to the arkansas rally sept 13-20 followed by the ohio rally sept 22-28, taking some time to visit family in ohio, then back to texas for the pineknot and matagorda madness rallies. then off to quartzsite jan 11 for as long as i enjoy it there. never have camped in the desert, so this should be interesting. claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#8 Plainsman

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 04:53 AM

Quartzsite is one of our glorious nation's 'Capitols of Weird.' I enjoyed it but a steady diet might be a bit much.


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 04:59 AM

We are going to enjoy Anne's GA condo for my first winter of retirement. We will be taking Callimachusita on short trips in addition to the New Years Rally and the North Florida Rally in March.
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#10 Tom Haberski

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:54 AM

I'm with Wiganowske as posted above.....heading from frozen, tundra wasteland Wisconsin in February to the Florida panhandle.........Pensacola area, Fort Pickens for sure, maybe Apalachicola area too. 


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 07:24 AM

Pensacola/Ft. Pickens are can be darn cold in winter, be warned. To me (I live 200 miles south of there) it was cold in Nov. and very cold in January, but to folks from up north it may seem downright balmy. But bring warm clothes. The winds off the Gulf will be nippy! 

 

North FL rally in March?! What/when/were/who? 


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 07:33 AM

You are correct, Borderbrae, that the panhandle has cooler temps than the peninsula of Florida, but it's all relative.   I'm escaping feet depths of snow, ice & subzero temps.  Nippy is OK and a vast improvement over brutal.  Especially east of Pensacola, I like the "old Florida" atmosphere and funkiness of some towns.  And I'm sort of too lazy to drive the hundreds of miles further south to get warmer.  No snow, no ice, no winter parka.......I'm better.

 

Nippy today in Wisconsin...........56 F now.  I love it, just right.


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:48 AM

Pensacola/Ft. Pickens are can be darn cold in winter, be warned. To me (I live 200 miles south of there) it was cold in Nov. and very cold in January, but to folks from up north it may seem downright balmy. But bring warm clothes. The winds off the Gulf will be nippy! 

 

North FL rally in March?! What/when/were/who? 

Jean, That one is probably the one on the Casita Owners Group Facebook page, under the events tab, for March 4th-7th, at Stephen Foster state park in N FL.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

 

We were in Key West in Feb last year and it hit a record low of 42 for the day!


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:51 AM

Hey Borderbrae,
I hear you but I have to agree with Tom, I went online and looked at average temperatures and they are approx. 30+ degrees warmer than where I live and no snow, I plan on hiking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and maybe some kayaking it sure beats temps in the teens and tons of snow. Although we didn't get hit like the Boston area last year it was still enough to put a damper on my usual cheerful disposition.

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:31 PM

We've been thinking about Florida/Gulf Coast for next year (2017) as we're scuba divers. Would be nice to hear from any other divers familiar with those areas. This Xmas is Maui, no trailers allowed!


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