Today was another very nice weather day. The temperature continued a little below normal. It stayed in the high eighties with low humidity and a nice breeze off the Atlantic Ocean. Another similar day is in the forecast for tomorrow. More typical afternoon showers are expected later in the week.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the atmosphere in this RV park on the weekend. It seems unique among the RV resorts in my experience. I think it works best to equate life in this RV resort to life in a suburban neighborhood. During the week everybody is off to work during the day. There is a little activity in the evening when people return home from work, but most of the activity waits for the weekend. On Saturday people can be seen working on various tasks around their RV sites. Kids are playing outside trying to get their parents attention for a few minutes of fun. Sunday seems to be a day for visitors, BBQs and general relaxation. There are more people around making more noise of an active lifestyle.
I got a few chores accomplished between my daily exercise around the park. A walk around the entire perimeter of the 300 site RV resort is a little over 2 miles. At least one of my daily walks is the entire perimeter. The other walk is often only the front section of the park which is less than half the distance. Unfortunately, it is not possible to stay in the shade during much of the walk.
The day began as cloudy and overcast. As the day progressed more blue sky broke through the clouds. The day ended as a mostly sunny day. The temperature peaked in the mid to upper eighties with manageable humidity and plenty of wind off the Atlantic Ocean. It was a comfortable day.
It was a lazy day with very little blog content fodder. I got in my usual two walks around the RV resort. The weekend atmosphere is very different than during the week. There are more people around than during the week. The people that work all week are using the weekend for chores and relaxation.
While yesterday had record high temperatures and low humidity, today was much cooler with very high humidity. The net result was it seemed a lot warmer today when the wind off the ocean wasn’t around to keep the air more refreshing. Thankfully, the wind was prominent most of the day. The actual temperature was only in the high eighties to low nineties.
All of the days this week blended together. I sort of knew it was Friday, but a few things reminded me during the day. First there seemed to be more turn over in the park today. I saw several RVs depart this morning and a few more arriving this afternoon. It turned out two or three of the RVs I saw departing were long term residents leaving for a short trip. During one of my walks around the park I found their sites still filled with lawn furniture, outdoor rugs and other paraphernalia. Clearly they would be returning. Most of the new arrivals were parked at the front of the park in the short term sites.
While I was out of the park this afternoon I saw many more RVs on the road. I’m going to attribute this to Friday as well, but it may be related to the start of the summer vacation season for people in the northern states. Interstate 95, which I can see from my RV home, is the major north south route along the east coast. The school year in the northeast ended this week. I can remember being off on a camping trip with my parents the day school got out.
One last indicator of Friday is entertainment. The RV resort hosts some sort of event every Friday night. In the past it has been a movie night. Tonight it is Karaoke under the stars. It doesn’t fit my idea of fun, but at least the park tries to come up with things to keep people engaged. The weather even seems to be cooperating.
Today was the warmest day in the Jacksonville area in six years. The temperature peaked north of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. At least the humidity wasn’t oppressive. Tomorrow the humidity is forecast to be higher, but the temperature lower with the probability of thunderstorms.
Outside in the shade it was fairly comfortable all day. I only modified my walking route a little to stay away from long stretches without shade. It was the inside conditions that I needed to run the AC all day to keep things comfortable. Once you get used to sitting in the AC controlled conditions, the desire to go out in the heat is seriously restricted. I spent most of the day reading and watching TV.
There was lots of sun and very few clouds today. The humidity stayed in the comfortable range and the wind blew gently out of the east and southeast. The result was a nice day outside in the shade. Inside my RV home it was hot from solar gain through the window glass and the white roof. My rig is pointed toward the east so the wind direction wasn’t directed at the majority of the windows that can be opened. It was in the low nineties outside and considerably higher inside. Tomorrow is forecast in the triple digits. Time for the AC all day.
I got snagged by the internet while eating breakfast this morning. I chased a few random threads of information from Google to Web sites and back, before getting caught up watching a bunch of YouTube videos. It was close to 2PM when I came up for air. If it didn’t get hot inside, I probably would have been snagged in the bowels of the internet longer.
While I was out for my walks today, I was glad to see the ducks back along the bank of the retention pond. I was concerned when they were missing yesterday. Some of the Canadian Geese were also back. For some reason both species of water fowl were hanging out together on the bank in the shade of a tree.
I am running out of new flowers to take pictures of. The last few days I took pictures of my neighbors hibiscus blossoms. Today I found a bush with a few small rose blossoms to provide decoration in this blog entry. It is time to take the camera with me when I leave the park. I need to search a wider area for things of interest.
The calendar defines today as the first day of summer. For all intents summer weather began several weeks ago. It is officially the summer solstice. The longest day of the year. That makes far more sense than trying to equate today with the beginning of the hot season.
In this area today was right on the average temperature wise, but drier than normal humidity wise. The temperature and humidity are climbing over the next few days. Triple digit temperatures are possible. The missing element is afternoon rain. It isn’t expected until the end of the week. Saturday was the last day with any rain in this area, but that wasn’t a significant accumulation. Most of the rain has been much further south on the Florida peninsula.
The retention ponds and the grass are showing evidence of the low rain totals. The ponds seem to be a foot lower than they were two weeks ago. A wide dirt line rings each pond and the overflow drains are well above the surface of the water. Some of the grass in the campground is starting to turn brown. The more established grass in the older part of the campground I’m staying in is still green. It is the newer and thinner grass areas in the recently completed parts of the campground that are showing the most heat stress. They do not have irrigation for the grass, only the trees and bushes.
Walking around the park today I didn’t see any Canadian Geese. After yesterday’s convention they are all somewhere else today. The family of ducks that have been a constant fixture in the big retention pond were also missing today. They may have been hiding back in the woods on the back side of the pond. I did see a heron along the bank on one of my walks. It was very careful not to allow people to get close. Just as I got into good picture taking range it would fly to the other side or further down the bank. I was only able to get one picture from a longer distance than I would have liked.
Today was a beautiful weather day. It was a little cooler than the average June day in the Jacksonville area. The high temperature was in the high eighties with low humidity and a decent breeze off the Atlantic Ocean. Many people around the RV resort were taking advantage of the weather. They were sitting outside and even getting in a little exercise.
I took advantage of the weather by going for a hike in the Cedar Point Preserve. A combination of city, state and federal park area provides a nice location for hiking through hardwood hammocks, coastal pine forest and marsh land along the creeks that feed the St Johns river between the mainland and Talbot Island, a barrier island.
The trail system is extensive. I only saw one other person during the entire two plus hours I was walking the trails. For the most part it was a relaxing walk. There was one moment that got my adrenaline pumping. A deer popped out from the side of the trail about ten feet in front of me. It ran away from me on the trail before turning into the woods on the far side about fifty feet away. It was a startling experience. I wonder how long the deer knew I was coming before it decided to bolt. The whole event was over in ten seconds.
The above average temperatures of the last week were gone today. The cold front passed through yesterday and left a day with lower humidity along with a strong east wind. The scattered fluffy cloud day produced a high temperature just north of ninety. The temperature combined with the east wind produced a very comfortable day.
I was back to my regular daily pattern. The morning was dedicated to breakfast with an extra cup of coffee and catching up on my internet reading. This was followed by my first walk of the day around the RV resort. A few extra Canadian Geese had decided to spend their day around the retention pond. Most days there have been eight to twelve geese. Today it looked like there were twice as many, but I didn’t count them. This group of geese are quiet and not particularly bothered by people getting near them. The down side is they do leave many little calling cards all over the place.
During the time between my walks today, I roasted a piece of pork I picked up at the store yesterday. It provided a good dinner today and will be useful for sandwiches and another meal or two during the week. Unfortunately it also produced enough dishes to fill the sink leading to a never enjoyable dish washing session.
My second walk later in the day had to wait for the US Open Golf tournament to finish. The victory cam down to the last putt on the 72nd hole. A player I never heard of before missed a birdie putt to tie the match with another player I never heard of before. It was an interesting final few holes as all the players I could identify fell out of competition. I guess I don’t watch enough golf anymore.
I woke up this morning shortly after 7AM to the sound of thunder. This is exactly the opposite of what I expected based on the weather forecast. I was expecting a bright sunny morning to heat the air into the upper nineties followed by severe thunderstorms during the afternoon. Instead we got something different.
A line of thunderstorms approached the area from the north this morning. The storms were severe in southern Georgia, but by the time they got to the Jacksonville area they had lost much of their strength. It rained from shortly after 8AM until noon. Occasionally it was heavy rain. In the early afternoon the rain gave way to slowly clearing cloud cover. By late afternoon the sun was out increasing the temperature to the advertised high for the day in the upper nineties.
The rain prevented me from opening the windows, raising the vents and turning on the fans. I had to run the AC all day. On a nice day I try to keep the AC off until evening. There is nothing wrong with being comfortable inside. The down side is when I go outside. The change in humidity and temperature hits you like running into a brick wall.
During the bad weather portion of the day the RV resort was more active than I’ve seen it since I got here almost two weeks ago. New residents arrived to occupy three of the empty sites near me. Later in the day on my walk around the resort I spotted several other new arrivals. I wonder what was so special about today.
Late in the day I made a trip to Walmart for groceries. I have gradually gotten back into a habit of grocery shopping more frequently. For the last two plus years a combination of social distancing concerns and being located long distances from stores have lengthened my average time between grocery visits to two weeks or more. I make heavier use of my freezer than in the past. Since I got back to civilization after my stay in the Everglades in March, I’ve been grocery shopping every six to nine days. Considering that I consciously differed purchases today until my next trip, it may be shopping again sooner than a week this time.
It was another day without thunderstorms. The temperature was in the mid nineties, but a breeze out of the northeast kept conditions more or less comfortable. The humidity wasn’t extreme. The current forecast calls for the temperature and humidity to rise tomorrow producing instability in the atmosphere and probably thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Today was another day with lots of little chores, a few walks around the park and lots of relaxing. On today’s walk the geese were missing, but the duck family was still cruising around in the retention pond. Below the surface in the retention pond there were a number of big fish nosing around in the bottom mud with their tail fins breaking the surface. It was very strange to see several two foot long fish of an unknown variety churning the water along the bank. I tried to get pictures, but they turned out uninspired.
There is very little evidence of the arrival of the weekend in the park. A couple of RVs arrived to fill some of the sites near the front of the park, but they only made a small blip in the empty sites in that area. The back of the park with all of the longer term residents remains full. I’m in an area between the two areas that has a few empty sites.