Missourians escape to Florida

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
MADELINEDEJOURNETTadvancensc@sbcglobal.net This tame bunny was turned loose in a local RV park by its former owners. Since dogs are required to be kept on leashes, the rabbit and its brother have so far fared well in their freedom.

As one of the coldest winters in 20 years sweeps across the Heartland, Missourians dream of ways to escape the bone-chilling effect of subzero temperatures.

Camping resorts provide several options for "snow birds," seeking respite from Nature's wrath.

In addition to the standard accommodations for folks who own big recreational vehicles, these resorts offer both the sale and rental of "park models," house trailers with lanais (Florida rooms), and spaces for the more rustic campers, such as tents.

MADELINEDEJOURNETTadvancensc@sbcglobal.net This park model is a example of a popular style of home, in which the mobile home is permanent, and a lanai has been added for indoor-outdoor comfort.

The best of these camping resorts also have a common area, where visitors can meet for meals, games and activities--such as Bingo and line-dancing.

Other activities, such as shuffleboard are often available.

As the regular guests continue to return, year after year, friendships are formed, and common interests are shared.

MADELINEDEJOURNETTadvancensc@sbcglobal.net Camping on a shoe string!!! Showers and washing machines are housed nearby.

Talented volunteers teach water aerobics at the pool, while others teach wood-working or glass crafts.

Though the amount of time spent in these home-away-from homes varies, the truly dedicated "snow birds" make a practice of spending at least five months in their little campground getaways.

Canadian visitors are in abundance in such locations, usually arriving in November and leaving in April, and spending almost $2 billion in their vacation locations.

MADELINEDEJOURNETTadvancensc@sbcglobal.net The big rigs occupy "pull through" pads that are mixed in on the street with the camp models.

Florida welcomes the "snow birds" with open arms each year, as folks from all over the U.S. search for an escape from Old Man Winter.

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