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Old 01-02-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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My wife and I, I think are finally up to spending time, months or more, someplace other than New England, particularly this time of year.

We have friends who snow-bird in Florida, mostly going from one place to another for 3-5 months but we're not sure we want to jump around.
We have a toad and would take 4-5 hour day trips or stay at a motel if sightseeing, etc., warrants.
Question, and please respond with your experiences.

We have heard Arizona is nice, but is there enough to do?

Heard New Mexico and Texas are nice, but again is there enough to do ?

We don't want to just " veg " out, but we don't want to be on the go all the time.

If above sounds like we're unsure, it is.

I've recently recieved info for leasing a site in central Florida for $2,500.00 per year, plus electricity. I can't seem to find info re; other places.

We're trying to put some plans and places to see and/or visit.

Hope this generates some feed-back for us and thanks to all who take time to share their info and experiences with us.

Thanks again====== AJBJRVERS
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:07 AM   #2
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My wife and I, I think are finally up to spending time, months or more, someplace other than New England, particularly this time of year.

We have friends who snow-bird in Florida, mostly going from one place to another for 3-5 months but we're not sure we want to jump around.
We have a toad and would take 4-5 hour day trips or stay at a motel if sightseeing, etc., warrants.
Question, and please respond with your experiences.

We have heard Arizona is nice, but is there enough to do?

Heard New Mexico and Texas are nice, but again is there enough to do ?

We don't want to just " veg " out, but we don't want to be on the go all the time.

If above sounds like we're unsure, it is.

I've recently recieved info for leasing a site in central Florida for $2,500.00 per year, plus electricity. I can't seem to find info re; other places.

We're trying to put some plans and places to see and/or visit.

Hope this generates some feed-back for us and thanks to all who take time to share their info and experiences with us.

Thanks again====== AJBJRVERS
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Old 01-02-2006, 05:30 AM   #3
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Well, you can start by looking on line about particular cities. Look at their civic calendars, look at the businesses available, look to see if they are "senior friendly". Check out magazines like AARP for top ten retirement cities.
Determine what you want to do? Fishing, boating, golf, r/c airplances, woodworking, etc.
Does the city support that or do you have to order out of state.
Medical. What kind of HMO's or Medicare facilities are available?
Weather. Do you get cold/snow? Is it 110 in the summer?
Travel. How easy or close to a freeway system? Airports?
You have a lot of options. You have a computer, get to work!
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Old 01-02-2006, 05:46 AM   #4
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Sounds like you want to be near a lot of attractions. We Snowbird in the Kissimmee, Florida area. We are appox four miles from Disney World and all the other attractions in the Orlando/Kissimmee area.

This will be our fourth year there. The first year we stopped to visit friends for a week and stayed a month.

Have been there every winter since.

But I suggest that you travel around until you find an area that you like. I am sure that you will make friends when you find the right place for you, we did.

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Old 01-02-2006, 03:43 PM   #5
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I think the suggestion to travel is great. Also if you want to get advice from some of the viewers, we would need to know what type of things you like to do and what kind of enviornment you like such as city or rural etc.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:26 AM   #6
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To; DSouthw52 and others willing to provide requested info.

Thanks to those who have sent info and now let me expand my request with more specific info.

We like to see and enjoy those things and areas that MAN has not spoiled yet. Rural, rather than city areas, mix with those of common interests, spend time outdoors in other than real, cold weather.

We did a cross country in 93, California and the national parks, the mid-west and back to Medford, Mass. But the trip was fast as my co-pilot only had 4 weeks vacation. We'll do it again, but this time we'll park the rig somewhere and use toad for 1 or more day side, sightseeing,trips, we even carry a tent and other real camping gear to spend some time under the stars,

I guess, I'm saying , we want to see and enjoy nature, meet new people with same interests, spend time in different areas where the culture is down to earth.

I hope our plans, dreams, are realistic,but I know we are going to try to make them into experiences.

Thanks for taking time to read this and awaiting additional input and ideas.

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Old 01-03-2006, 05:23 AM   #7
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If you like the outdoors where there is plenty to do with mild winters and not a crowded city type place then head to Arizona/California along the Colorado river. Plenty of camp grounds and a load of out doors type stuff to do especially if you have a 4X4 and like to explore the desert.
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:01 PM   #8
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I have spent winter time in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California and in every case we have found plenty of natural areas in which to go hiking, nature watching and many other such activities. If you go out and look there are national wildlife refuges and such areas in all of the fifty states. On the other hand, if you tend to sit in the RV you probably will not enjoy your trip. RV life is just like any other. You can be as busy as you wish as long as you make the effort.
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