Summer Views of Florida
is the low season in Southwest Florida.
we’ll try to get ready for another January-May
season. We’ll check engines and sails, refinish teak
and other brightwork. We will make sure that all the
power and sail yachts are close-to-perfect. And
we’ll be scheduling the most popular boats for
another high season.
feels good to back off a bit after a hectic high
season of chartering boats and teaching boating. Our
schedules are less busy. We can kick back, take a
deep breath and get out and enjoy the beauty and
adventure of Florida that we love to tell our
love the low season but, alas, this year I’m
conflicted. As it turns out the phones are ringing
and we are getting some low season yacht charter
trips set up and now I am wondering, is Louisiana’s
oil misfortune our good fortune? I don’t know. I
want to think that our low-season charter customers
love us for all the right reasons.
born in Florida – that makes me a “cracker,” I guess
– but I grew up in Indiana so I know what the
weather there is like. I’ve been back in Florida for
more than 25 years. And it has been in the past
quarter-century that I have learned to love our
summers and autumns as much as I love Florida’s
winters and springs.
call June bird-toddler month. I just saw a little
blue heron picking off fiddler crabs on the seawall.
Every day egrets and herons little and large
high-step it along rows of bushes and pick off
lizards that weren’t paying attention.
see. There is a lot going on. You just have to know
what to look for.
July clouds are popping up in the afternoons.
Usually they’ll bring an afternoon shower to cool
things off. The clouds create spectacularly colorful
sunsets. Our winter charters don’t get to see those
kinds of sunsets. I wish they could be here for
Anglers love Florida in the summer. Summer is when
fish are biting. Boca Grande Pass is world
headquarters for catching a tarpon, king of inshore
gamefish. I’m told that our fish don’t bite well in
the winter; the water’s too cold for them. See, it’s
know, I know. The summer months are warm and humid.
That’s why we start work a little early and quit a
little early. Shade is our default position. Also,
maybe you’ve heard, it’s cooler near the water. And
some boats even have air conditioning.
October, November and December bring delightful
temperatures to Southwest Florida, almost as perfect
as January-May although, for sure, we keep an eye
out for tropical weather. It might come our way. It
is the low season in Southwest Florida and I’m high
on it but something nags me about it. Why, this
midwestern transplant wonders, don’t more people
visit Florida in the low season? Didn’t they get the
memo? Florida is spectacular in the low season. And
it’s on sale.
love our wading birds. We love our game fish. We
love our sunsets. We love our beaches. They are
squeaky clean, by the way. So is the water. Come
see for yourself. I think you’re going to love it,
all you media types – you know who you are -- if
you're reading this, you can just stop it with the
Be-Very-Afraid oil leak "news." It ain't working.