2018-03-29 / Life in Leelanau

County folks trade snow for sunshine

By Jen Murphy
of the Enterprise staff


SPRING SUNSHINE. Suttons Bay resident Mary Woods soaks up the sunshine while relaxing in Florida this spring break. She plans to return home after Easter. SPRING SUNSHINE. Suttons Bay resident Mary Woods soaks up the sunshine while relaxing in Florida this spring break. She plans to return home after Easter. Early spring is a beautiful time in Leelanau County — if you travel south for spring break.

And many Leelanau County residents are taking advantage of warmth and sunshine offered by the lower latitudes as area schools are on spring break.

The Dungien family from Cedar returned to a favorite getaway spot in Perdido Key, Fla.

“We’ve been enjoying a nice family vacation without coats and gloves,” Bill Dungien said. “Despite a little rain, it’s a perfect change of scenery.

We have been vacationing here for many years and have our favorite spots to revisit each time.”

Susan Dungien added, “At our 68-degree arrival, the kids said, ‘Oh my gosh, it is so warm here!’”


SWEET SPRING break. Zinnia Dungien and her father, Bill Dungien, enjoy hot donuts at a local Krispy Kreme in Perdido Key, Florida. The family of four is enjoying a welcome break from the typical northern Michigan spring with the warmer temperatures and sunshine down south. SWEET SPRING break. Zinnia Dungien and her father, Bill Dungien, enjoy hot donuts at a local Krispy Kreme in Perdido Key, Florida. The family of four is enjoying a welcome break from the typical northern Michigan spring with the warmer temperatures and sunshine down south. Compared to temperatures in the mid-40s and rain experienced earlier this week in Leelanau County, upper 60s does sounds attractive. And cool temps are predicted to hang on, with the National Weather Service calling for a high of 35 degrees Friday, 35 on Saturday and only 32 degrees for Sunday.

Overnight low temperatures have not stayed above freezing so far this month, according to readings kept at a volunteer National Weather Service station in Maple City. Through Monday, the temperatures in March have averaged nearly three degrees lower than normal.

But it’s sunny and warm in Florida.

Earlier this week, Bill Dungen brought his northern Michigan musical talent to the locals. He said he enjoyed performing at the Flora-Bama Open Mic Night.

And the Dungien family is not alone. They have seen other Leelanau County families during their vacation many states away.

One of those families is the Woods from Suttons Bay. Mary Woods said she and her two oldest daughters are visiting The Villages and spending as much time as they can by the poolside.

They seem to have pleasant weather in the South. According to Woods, the mercury was well above the 70 degree mark on Tuesday and there were few clouds in the sky.

They are planning to spend the rest of their days in the sunshine soaking up as many rays as they possibly can before driving home after Easter.

The only other plan Woods has is to see some sand and salt water. “We love going to Coco Beach,” she said.

Meanwhile, according to the National Weather Service in Gaylord, there’s a possibility of snow before the Easter bunny arrives on Sunday.

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