We have friends that are getting ready to make their annual trip south. They have their own place in Surprise Az., so except for visits back over the holidays that will be their home until spring. And, I’m a bit envious in a good way. I love it that they are going but now is when we’d be starting to think of January and sun if we were going this year. So even though we both decided not to go, I’m experiences some twinges of “maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.”
Jack and I have been fortunate to be able to take some pretty exceptional trips. Belize, New Zealand, China, South Africa to name a few. With no ‘we just have to visit’ places on our radar and with air transportation getting more difficult we decided to stay stateside when we made travel plans for 2009 and taking it a bit further going by road instead of air.
With these criteria we started researching and ended up taking January 2009 and 2010 in Arizona. We reasoned that with the not to hot, not to cold climate of Arizona in January it would be like snatching an additional month of spring. In addition, since it wouldn’t be remotely spring at home we wouldn’t come back to a bunch of neglected yard work.
In 2009 we chose Lake Havasu and loved it. If you don’t already know, Lake Havasu is where they moved the London Bridge. The town is small, traffic lights few and the folks exceptionally friendly. We lazed around, ate when we were hungry, no schedule type of life and loved it.
Both years we rented a condo for a month. Lk Havasu is a bit cheaper than Tucson and we had a two bedroom, two bath at less than the 1/1 in Tucson.
Having pretty much exhausted things to see and do around Lk Havasu, we decided on Tuscan for 2010. It should have been warmer or so we thought but it seems that this year they had an unusual amount of – – – you guessed it RAIN. But for some strange reason it seemed to rain at night and by around 9:00 a.m. it would clear up. And, temperatures in the low 70’s in January is my kind of weather. It didn’t take us long to settle right into the no schedule lifestyle of the year before.
So if you haven’t taken a month or more retreat and have the luxury of the time to do it, I’d strongly recommend a southern state in January. Who can’t use an extra month of spring?
written by Lavada Dee