As sure as the snow flies, Snow Birds migrate from the northern states and Canada to Florida
each year. Their average stay is three to five months. We are happy to be among those snow birds
as we live in the snow belt near Cleveland, Ohio. We have been wintering in Panama City Beach,
Florida since 1995.
One of our favorite things to do is to walk in the white-white sand that is as soft as
powdered sugar. It is always exciting to get here, and visit with our friends who come each
year. We do a lot of group things together. We play shuffle board, cards, miniature golf, have
potluck dinners, swim in the heated pool, and relax when we sit in the hot tub. Every now and
then we are forced to walk up to the second floor laundry room to do a load of laundry.
The hotel is owned by Junior and Glenda Cook who makes available a party room for us, and
bends over backward to make our stay a pleasant one.
Valentine Day - February 14, 2000
My first visit to Florida was with my neighbor, Jean McPeek. We flew to Pensacola in late October,
and I felt like I had entered paradise. We left freezing sleet and snow behind, and it was 80
degrees there. As we sat by the pool one day I said, "Just listen to those birds singing."
Jean said, "Wouldn't you sing to in warm weather like this." She was right. As the sun warmed
my skin . . . I sang in my heart. Dolores Riggs Davis