Debating the Heat

After eight years away, this is my first summer in the Sunshine State.  I find in humorous how memories and perception can full us into remembering differently than how things actually exist.  I always remembered Florida as being miserably hot and humid in the summer.   So hot, that we would avoid spending a lot time outside for fear of overheating.

Well, after multiple summers in Tokyo, I would say that Florida has met its’ heat index match.  Tokyo summers are humid and relentless.  From the minute you step out into the thick, muggy heat, the sweat is pouring down your face and your clothes are sticking to your body.  Surviving summer’s in Japan requires the skill of honing in on all the shady spots around the buildings, especially when you are waiting at a crosswalk.  Also, it is good to have a heat survival pack, which includes handkerchiefs for the sweat, fan to the air, parasol to block the sun and lots of water to rehydrate.

Florida's Temperature
Florida’s Temperature
Japanese hankerchiefs
Japanese hankerchiefs

 

Welcome to our temporary home

Andrew, Ame and I arrived back in Florida earlier than anticipated.  We are delighted to settle into our temporary home.  For the next few months, Rosie, the Airstream, will be parked in our friends’, Chris and Tashell, backyard.  Ame is thrilled to have a fenced yard to play and we are thrilled to spend more time with our friends.

Our New Home
Our New Home
Ame enjoys the water
Ame enjoys the water
St Johns River
St Johns River

EZ-Pass to Florida

It isn’t very often that I write blog entries about practical travel advise for RVing.  My preference is to share the adventures.  However, after Andrew’s and my journey from New England to Florida, I feel like a have some wise advise for others traveling or RVing.    That advise would be to invest in an EZ-Pass for tolls.  Andrew and I never realized that most eastern states (excluding Florida, Georgia, and Texas) have a reciprocal agreement regarding toll passes, so we didn’t purchase one before starting our trip.  Yet, when we arrived on the Pennsylvania turnpike with our trailer (4 axles in all), we realized that we needed a pass or a lot of spare cash (up to $50 for tolls).  In New Hampshire, we visited the DMV to obtain an EZ-Pass.  In the end, our southern-ward trip was easier and more enjoyable, since we didn’t have to sit in “cash-only” lines and frequent the ATM for more money.