Monday, October 27, 2008

Finally! It's fall in Florida!

Yay!  My favorite time of year is here, at long last!

I know that people in other parts of the country may be skeptical about my "It's fall!" proclamation -- doesn't South Florida have one season only?, you might think. But, if you've lived in this area for a while (longer than three years, say), you become aware of the subtle changes of season here. And for many residents like myself, fall is our favorite. 

OK, so there are no leaves changing, not much sweater-and-fireplace weather, no real reason to wear (or even own!) a nice leather jacket -- except for when you'r traveling, of course. (Say, to New England for indulging in leaf-peeping and fireplace-sitting ...)

I knew it was fall when I went to bed last night. After suffering a cold-front-induced, activity-killing, windy, overcast, drizzly weekend, I went to sleep in the cool, crisp windows-open nighttime air -- and awoke to a glorious South Florida day!

In Florida, fall typically brings: sunny skies, low humidity, refreshingly cool, light breezes, great temps (70s during the day and 50s at night), very little rain, and no more hurricane season!! Plus, the drier air and sun position usually give rise to gorgeous sunsets. 

Best of all, the snowbirds haven't flocked back in great numbers yet, so it's the perfect time to take advantage of all that this area has to offer -- walks, runs, bike rides, etc. -- and not be drenched in sweat! Likewise, it's also a great time to be a tourist: Book a hotel on Miami Beach, hit the theme parks in Orlando, go shell-hunting on Sanibel .... the possibilities are endless! 

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