The Allure of Snowbirding

Snowbirding is the art of moving with the climate. Heading south, to warmth, for the winter months, then north when the heat of summer hits. I’m not sure if snowbirding is a worldwide term or a West and East coast North America term, but this year, I finally understand the allure of it.

Lavada has been giving us an excellent look (here and here) at what snowbirding is all about. Being warm, when home is rainy and cold. Getting sunshine to feed the soul, while friends are mired in gray muck. And getting to know a new locale better than a few days vacation allows.

I’ve never really understood the need to fly south for the winter. I like my seasons. Rainy and cold makes me appreciate warm and sunny. And you may or may not have read one of my many posts about how I love to see snow falling.

This year, though, I got a taste of snowbirding. In early March, we went to Peoria, Arizona to catch a couple Seattle Mariners baseball spring training games. It was 40’s and cold and rainy here at home. And my sister in Philadelphia was all but buried under a Nor‘easter.

And here we sat…

Within half an hour of checking in, we were at the pool. Being lazy, soaking up sunshine, and watching balloons fly overhead.

We did make it to a game. Here’s the proof.

But only one of the two games we planned to attend. That second full day, we were right back where we started…

Then we got on a plane for cold and rainy home. We didn’t do any touring while in Arizona, so I can see how being there for a month or so would be nice. You can get the pool time out of your system the first few days, then see the sights.

Now, we were happy to be home when we got here, but the cold did seem colder and the rain did seem a bit excessive. Maybe, just maybe, there’s some snowbirding in our future.

I hope your Easter was happy and your Spring abounds with color and sunshine and warmth. 🙂

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11 responses to “The Allure of Snowbirding

  1. What a great getaway. So fun to see the balloons. Love them. AND being toasty warm for a while had to feel good. Glad you got to go. Did the Mariners win the game you saw? Sitting by a pool is always relaxing!! Jillian

    • They DID win! And my husband almost went up in one of those balloons. I wish he had, but he let the cost dissuade him. It wasn’t cheap. And he’d have gone with others, not me. Not getting me up in one of those contraptions! They are lovely from the ground, but I’d be cowering int he corner of the basket, gasping with each movement. No heights for me. Lol.

      • LOL! I can see you cowering there and I can see Mark wanting to go. I’d be right there with him. AND yep, I knew it was expensive. Sad that it’s so much.

  2. Yes, having a whole month in the sun is like getting an extra bit of spring. This is the 3rd time we’ve spent January in Arizona. I’m not sure I can be a
    ‘real’ snowbird as most spend 6 months South and 6 months North.

    And, Yes, Yes, Yes to going up in a balloon. We did it in Australia and it’s pretty indescribable. It was early in the morning and beyond peaceful. A memory making moment for sure.

  3. What a great idea flying into warm sunshine for a couple of days recharge. A balloon trip is on my bucket list so loved the photos. We have finally got some sunshine which gives such a life but I do miss my Spanish days sometimes with endless blue skies. But heh can’t have everything!

    • Enjoy that balloon trip. My husband would go with you if he could. 🙂 We had sun. And warmth. One whole glorious day of it. Back to rain and wind now. Oh, well. 🙂

  4. It looks absolutely great, Laurie. Could just imagine lying in that sun and watching those balloons flying overhead. I think I might like to go up in one, but when it came to it not sure. We booked to go in one on a trip to Keyna years ago, but it was cancelled because of the weather. It was only that one day and then the sun came out again, so I sometimes think it might have been fate, LOL.

  5. Oh I want to do snowbirding. I’d love to move around enjoying warm sun all the time. Hate the cold weather and winter, and this spring has been horrible here. As to hot air balloon ride – on the bucket list. Nearly made it a few years ago, but that’s another story…

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