With the change in weather here it has given us time to stop and think about where we will go from here. Sunny and warm Bonita Springs became cloudy and rainy for a day and then nice the next day only to have the temperature plummet into the 50’s for the high today. We even got down to a low of 40 degrees last night which is the coldest day we have experienced in nearly three years. Our strategy of trying to stay where it is warm had worked pretty well to this point.
It was so cold this morning that I didn’t even hear the Red Shouldered Hawk that typically screeches from the top of a light pole here in the park every morning around 6:30 am. Nature’s version of the rooster I can only presume… I have enjoyed watching the pair of hawks that apparently resides in the park most likely along the Imperial River that border’s it.
Surprisingly there is a lot of wildlife in the park considering we are in the city of Bonita Springs. We have an occasion cotton tailed rabbit and an abundance of squirrels that we have tried in vain to keep out of our newly planted herbs. We have lots of vesper sparrows in the park and the fish crows come through often enough. White Ibis are seen occasionally milling for earthworms in the grass and I even spotted an immature bald eagle atop a tree inside the park. Poor bird didn’t know what to make of all the racket the crows were making just below him in the tree and I watched as the crows occasionally buzzed around his head till he finally got bothered enough to leave…
Wildlife and wild lands will be in our plans for the upcoming summer season as we plan to make our way back out west. We don’t have many specific plans yet other than we have booked some time at one of our favorite RV parks, Betty’s, in Abbeville, Louisiana. We also booked a week at Bayou Segnette State Park in New Orleans as we will treat ourselves to a trip to our first ever Mardi Gras. From there we will spend some time in Texas visiting our old home town and then our son and his family. From Texas we will continue westward. We are thinking about spending some time in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana focusing on National Parks and scenic lands. Likely we will conclude the year by wintering in the San Diego area and possibly somewhere in Arizona. However, as many full timers know these plans are always subject to change….