I arrived in Homestead FL on December 1, 2022.
Nikki had the day off so we spent the afternoon together catching up. Not that we don’t talk every day but it’s so much better in person!
It was interesting to see all the new things that cropped up in the 8 months I was gone. Every time I’m here there are more roads and new buildings.
This year, as I took exit 5 off the Florida Turnpike, I saw an entire apartment complex that sprouted while I was gone.
At My Campsite…
As usual, I’m staying at Southern Comfort RV Resort in Florida City, FL.
The campground is still on the light side but will get crowded soon enough as more Snow Birds, tourists and other’s start flocking in.
When I made this year’s reservation, I requested a campsite along the outer edge. They always remember not to put me next to the laundry house or pool (due to MCS) and were able to give me a nice spot on the edge of the campground.
Avoiding The Fumes…
It’s sooooo nice not being in the middle of everyone’s fumes.
Some areas of this campground are pretty close quarters. When Camper’s unhitch and hitch up, their vehicles are running and the fumes can be too much (particularly diesel fumes).
On the outer edge, I also have the wind in my favor because the much-bigger-than-me RV’s and trailers aren’t blocking my precious wind.
My current campsite has a fairly decent shade tree (shade isn’t easy to come by in south Florida). I also have a front row seat to watch the colorful (and Plain Jane) lizards climb up and down the tree.
As I sit here writing this post, here’s the view out my back windows…
There’s plenty of fresh air back there!
FYI: The image at the top of this post is the view from outside.
My New Neighbors…
When I arrived at my campsite, my neighbors to the right (Tom and his Wife who’s name I can’t seem to spell) had pulled their class A RV into their campsite and were getting set up for the season.
Tom and his Wife traveled from their home in Massachusetts’s and will be here until April – as they’ve done for the past 14 years.
As we talked, Tom enthusiastically proclaimed “This is the best place on earth!”.
No argument from me!
On the other side of my campsite, a neighbor 2 campsites down (Rob), helped me get the van leveled. Not that I needed help but it’s always good to accept a helpful hand, when offered!
As we briefly chatted, Rob said he’s here 2 years for work and to let him know if I ever need anything.
Rob’s trailer is decorated with outside Christmas lights. The campsite between us is currently empty and I get to enjoy Rob’s colorful lights at night.
It’s good to know I have great neighbors!
The South Florida Weather…
The weather seems cooler than usual. Daytime highs are in the low 80’s and nights are in the upper 60’s.
To be honest, I almost got the heater out last night.
This next week, the nightly temps are slated for the low 60’s/upper 50’s. I’m pretty positive I’ll be getting the heater out!
Is using a heater in these temps weird?
Humidity levels aren’t bad either – but some would disagree.
I don’t bother using campground wifi because it sucks 99% of the time.
My cell phone and iPad have unlimited data. When I need to get online via my laptop, I use my cell phone as a hotspot connection.
The thing is, Verizon lags more here than it does in other areas of the county. It seems to come and go, so I do my online work when I can and, then, get outside and do something fun!
Not having full internet access isn’t a bad thing. It’s the boost (or swift kick) I need to get me out more and enjoy the Florida winter!
This was just a quick post to let you know what I’m up to as the winter season begins and share a few thoughts running through my head.
I’m sure my time here will go too quickly but I intend to enjoy it while I’m here!
As 2022 comes to a close, I leave you with some simple words of wisdom to live by as you enter 2023…