Five Things You Need to Know Today: September 30

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Georgia State Parks: ‘Leaf Watch’ Website

Georgia State Parks plans to launch ‘Leaf Watch 2011’ on October 1 on the State Parks’ official website.

The site will include information on where the best color can be found across the state’s 50 parks, and the best time to see the fall colors.

Peak leaf color for the northern portion of the state of Georgia generally comes in late October, but some color can be seen as early as mid-to-late September and as late as mid-November. Parks in the southern part of the state generally have peak color running in the latter parts of the season.

2. Travel reminders for snowbirds

With fall just around the corner, many snowbirds are itching to finalize their travel plans to warmer climes. Ensure you’ve made all the necessary arrangements before heading for Ol’ Airy Zonie, Southern California, Texas, Florida, or another warm southern destination.
Here’s a quick checklist to help you get organized:

  • Tell a trusted friend or family member about your plans and ask them to keep an eye on your place while you’re away
  • Secure your home and turn off the water
  • Cancel the newspapers
  • Forward or stop mail delivery
  • Let your bank and credit card company know about your travel plans to avoid any confusion or service disruption

A more complete checklist that will help you prepare your home for an extended absence during the winter can be found on an earlier post: The Iceman Cometh.

3. Pringle Homebuilding Group Sponsors Florida State Parks

Pringle Homebuilding Group (PHG), central Florida’s premier custom builder for active adults, has announced its corporate sponsorship of Florida State Parks. Through the Friends of Florida State Parks, PHG’s support will help preserve incredible beaches, magnificent wetlands, historic and cultural sites and the beauty of the “Real Florida” for generations to come.

“We’re pleased to support Florida State Parks”, says PHG’s President, Steve Nordstrom. “We’ve long been among the leaders of our industry in energy efficient and green building practices, so direct support our State’s park system seemed like a natural next step for us”.

Pringle’s central Florida operating area in Lake County allows an abundance of opportunity for customers to explore the unique beauty of the central Florida ‘ridge’ among rolling hills, lakes, rivers, and hardwood forests. Several magnificent State parks are just minutes away from the company’s Lakes of Mount Dora community, where residents enjoy a lifestyle exclusively for active adults.

4. Fuel Prices Fall

For the first time in months, retail gasoline prices have fallen below $3 a gallon in places, including parts of Michigan, Missouri, and Texas, according to an Associated Press report. The national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.51 per gallon, down from a high of $3.98 in early May. Last week’s plunge in oil prices could push the average to $3.25 per gallon by November, analysts say. Over a year, a 50 cents-per-gallon drop in gasoline prices would add roughly $70 billion to the U.S. economy.

Prices for oil, gasoline, and other commodities dove last week along with world stock markets over concerns the global economy is headed for a double-dip recession. When economies slow, demand for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel falls as drivers cut back on trips, truckers move fewer goods, and RVers stay closer to home.

5. Celebrate the Big 100 with a Stamp

Credit: USPS Corporate Communications

Now, the entire country can toast Arizona’s upcoming Centennial thanks to the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of a new “Forever” stamp due out in February.

The stamp, which was designed by artist Ed Mell of Phoenix, was unveiled during the Best Fest in Prescott. Mell, a native of the state, took three weeks to complete his image of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. He called the task of designing this special piece of postage, “a great honor,” adding that “it’s one of those bucket list things that artists like to do.”

Well done Mr. Mell!

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…
Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will — whatever we may think.
—Lawrence Durrell

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