Where are you going for the winter?
We heard that question a number of times over this summer, and among our seasonal-spot co-horts back in Michigan you could have almost just asked “where in Florida are you going this winter?”
We didn’t set out to be young Michigan snowbirds, and indeed had spent a couple of months in Florida in the early months of 2014. We aren’t ones to repeat experiences, but yet headed back to Florida again for a while this winter.
People Over Scenery
The main reason was friends and community - which I’ve written about in a previous post.
After 3 weeks in Wekiwa Springs State Park our hand-picked neighborhood broke up yesterday amidst flurry of hugs, handshakes, pictures and exchanging of contact information.
One family is heading over the the panhandle to visit family for the holidays.
One family stayed behind for another week of winter in the woods.
Two of us drove a couple hours west to spend more time with mutual friends.
Glad To Be Sad
I won’t lie - it is hard to say goodbye sometimes. I didn’t have the “hitch-itch” yet. I could have easily have stayed another couple of weeks in the quiet woods, enjoying both nature and friends, making trips out only for supplies and laundry duty as needed.
I have learned to be glad of parting-sadness.
Sadness when parting means it was a good visit. If I’m not sad at that end point then we have probably overstayed and are looking forward to “just being us again”.
That wasn’t the case this time and we look forward to getting the band back together again someday.