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Old 05-08-2010, 01:04 PM   #15
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Did I just read "No bugs in Florida" ?

Here are some photo's taken yesterday. We travelled from Fort Myers to Orlando - a trip of about 155 miles.







A couple of days ago we stayed at a State Park. Here I got mosquito bites on top of my mosquito bites and the "no-seems" was small enough to go through our mosquito screens on the RV. No bugs ???

Yesterday it was 96F yesterday and extremely humid. I can't believe what it will be like in a month time. Better get a service check on your AC units because they will be going 24/7.

Apart from this we really enjoy it and we will be back.
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YUP - don't worry about bugs, you won't be spending enough time outside to be bothered by them! And any "cool night breezes" - OR the cooling effects of a rain storm are all illusions - temperature and humidity - night and day, are overwhelming to anyone not a long term native - and most of THEM who are able, head north for the summer...

NOW, if you and yours actually ENJOY spending 24 hours a day inside a relatively small box, in front of an air conditioner, well...
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I love heat ( we often go to Myrtle in July) we had a cool summer here in Ontario last year so I welcome some stifling heat. A couple of years ago we were in Bushnell Florida in May and could not leave our unit because of the love bugs. They covered our lawn chairs and stuck to everything. I will never go back in May but from all of the feedback here it seems that July might be ok.
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If you are staying at Lazy Days check out La Septima Cafe, just a few miles south. Does not look like much from the outside but it is a nice place with great Cuban and pork sandwiches.

Welcome to La Septima Cafe Go south across I-4 about 4 miles, left at T intersection at MLK Blvd, right on Parsons at second light, La Septima is about four miles on the right just north of Brandon Blvd.

We are in Ruskin caring for an ill parent and it is already hot and humid here, over 90 every day for more than a week! Make sure your AC is running well and a tip, set your fan to run all the time on low instead of on "auto". That keeps the temp more even.

Yes, the campgrounds usually have plenty of room in the summer
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Hey Steve!

I know what you mean about a cool summer last year. Not looking too good right now in Orillia. We got about 1 inch of snow last night!

We are headed to Davenport Fl. tomorrow. If you like, I can let you know what mid May to mid June is like. But, you will need to tell me if the snow has gone away from Ontario eh?
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"If you're going to spend time at Lazy Days, check out Willie's in Valrico, great seafood at reasonable prices. "



Oh Yeah!! Go early and eat lots!!
Thanks Dave and Joanne. We still think about the good stuff!
May try to do it again this coming winter.
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Steve,

Here is a different approach to FL in the summer. Do you want country living or beach view? We like the country living. We have a very nice lot at Avion Palms in Bowling Green, FL. just 5 miles from Wauchula. Orange groves everywhere. By the way it is less expensive with more privacy. Yes, we know, the snowbirds are gone and it will not be crowded anywhere except metropolitan areas like Tampa & Orlando. Lot's of traffic in these areas all year round.
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I know what you mean about a cool summer last year. Not looking too good right now in Orillia. We got about 1 inch of snow last night!
Its going to be hard convincing people that this has been a record warm spring for us here

Yes please keep me posted.
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set your fan to run all the time on low instead of on "auto".
Good tip thanks.

And again thanks to all the suggestions and replies.
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Denochs Lazy days charges 24.95 per night and includes breakfast and lunch, newspaper every morning, free wireless, hot tub and pool, ( may not use the hot tub) and if our air conditioner breaks down the techs are right next door.

Koa in Daytona beach will be 20 per night. 5 dollars to drive on beach.
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I'm not one to weigh in on most topics, no wait, I always weigh in on all topics!

I currently live in Florida, grew up and lived in Michigan and spent 10 years in the Southwest. Florida normally feels no hotter or humid than Michigan in the Summer, once you get to 90 degrees a few more or less does not reduce the need for lots of powder. The sun was so intense in New Mexico and Colorado, you had to wear a hat if you went outside to smoke a cigarette or your head would burn in 5 minutes.

The bugs are geographic and weather based for each area. Still remember those large winged, smelly, flying whatever they were called bugs, so thick in Michigan's spring that cars skidded over the remnants on the roads. The noseeums so bad in New Mexico in the early evening, you could not stand on your patio for fear of being carried aloft.

So in closing, the critters, weather and camping are best wherever you had the best experiences and the worst wherever you had the worst experiences! In most of our lives, it's about the journey, not the destination!
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We've lived in Florida for 33 years now, 17 of it in a national forest area, and don't see much of a mosquito problem. Worse than a desert climate, for sure, but nowhere near as bad as Maine or Minnesota. Of course, there are skeeters in the swamps wherever you go. And dawn and dusk are the bad time for skeeters most anywhere.
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We lived in Ormond Beach, just a couple of miles north of Daytona for 4 years. Other than three hurricanes on consecutive Fridays one year, we enjoyed the weather and didn't really have a bug problem. Yes there are bugs of all sorts, snakes and alligators but you just learn to avoid "their areas". This area gets a nice sea breeze so it doesn't get as hot as the interior and cools down somewhat in the late afternoon and evening. You will survive!
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Ok Florida here we come and nuttin s gunna bug us.
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