FYI…we’ve become “those people” who lunch at Costco (come on..two huge hot dogs with sauerkraut and all the toppings, plus 2 sodas for $3.20 including tax…why not?) and who run off to Florida in the winter!
Susie retired in 2013, and in just a couple of weeks, it will be three years since I left WABC on January 29, 2016. In February of 2016, we headed down to Florida for a few days at Disney World, and to catch a couple of the Mets Spring training games. It was a real treat to experience a bit of a preview of the Summer of 2016, and I guess we got bitten by the bug! In February of 2017, Susie and I participated in the southern swing of the “Kenny and Chris Relocating to LA Tour”, and spent some time in Disney World with the boys, and then New Orleans with the boys and Krissi and Mike, before they headed off to California and we headed back to winter. Last year we toured a large part of Florida, heading down in February and starting at Indian Rocks Beach on the Gulf Coast, traveling down the Gulf Coast, then across the state, down the Keys to Key West, up to Hollywood, then to my cousins in Barefoot Bay, and we ended up with 5 nights at the Boardwalk Hotel in Disney World! All told, a little over 3 weeks away from the winter!
So, this year, we are being pigs! We leave this Saturday with our first stop being Raleigh, North Carolina, the home of our oldest and his wife, and our 2 grandchildren! It will be Christmas #3 for Susie and I, this time complete with Christmas Eve traditions of Shrimp Sauce over Linguine, and Lobsters stuffed with Baked Clam Stuffing! After a couple of days there, we start slowly making our way to the Sunshine State, with stops in Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Darien, Georgia and our favorite shrimp place, B&J’s Steak and Seafood!
Last year we fell in love with Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and we’ve decided to return to the scene of the crime. We’ve rented a condo right on the Gulf Coast for 3 weeks, and we look forward to a lot of warmth, sun, surf, pool, and fun! During the course of our time there, our cousins Jeanne and Walt will come to visit, as will Krissi and Mike for a long weekend! We only hope our favorite Florida bartender Lindsey, who we met at our hotel bar last year, is back on her feet and we can spend some quality time with her!
After that, it’s off to the East Coast and a 3 day stay at the lovely Doubletree Resort we really didn’t take advantage of during our stay there last year in Hollywood, Florida. More pool, sun, warmth, and Tiki Bar time we hope! Then we are off for 5 nights with our cousins Jeanne and Walt at their place a little further up the coast in Barefoot Bay, Florida!
Although a stay at Disney World has been a part of our last 3 escapes from winter, we decided to pass on it this year. Even with my Disney Retiree benefits and discounts, it’s still an expensive stay, and that 3 week condo rental is costing us enough. Plus, we were so disillusioned by all the crowds there last year, and the attractions that broke down, that we think we’ll take a year off, and decide again next year.
So that’s it. If you did the math, you’ll have come up with five plus weeks away this year. We hope to be in warm weather for the better part of 5 weeks, only dipping out of shirts and flip flop weather on the way down and back up. I told you we were being real pigs, but there is nothing like that Summer Preview you get from spending some time in warmer climates, when it’s snowing at home!