Five Things You Need to Know Today: May 25

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

1. Weekend Campers See Steady Fuel Prices

Vacationing campers won’t need to worry about rising fuel prices as they hit the road for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Retail U.S. gasoline prices were flat at $3.678 per gallon on Wednesday (May 23), according to auto club AAA, Wright Express, and Oil Price Information Service.

According to The Associated Press, the nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded has dropped by 25.8 cents since peaking in the first week of April. Gasoline is 16.5 cents per gallon cheaper than it was the same time last year.

It’s all a reflection of falling crude oil prices.

The price of oil tumbled below $90 on Wednesday for the first time in nearly seven months as U.S. supplies continue to grow.

2. Pacific Coachworks Introduces ECON Lightweight Trailer

ECON trailer from Pacific Coachworks

Pacific Coachworks Inc. announced the launch of its all-new line of ECON lightweight series trailers. The line will include a toy hauler floor plan named the ECON X.

“This product is in high demand and recent events have created what we feel to be a big void in the already successful lightweight trailer market,” said Pacific Coachworks General Manager Jeff Daily in a news release.

Brett Bashaw, CEO and president of the Riverside, Calif.-based builder, noted he is expecting that the new ECON will “add to the success and growth of the company as did the Tango, Panther, Powerlite and SandSport products after being introduced into the market during the past 12 months.”

3. South Dakota State Park Visitation Up

Many top camping spots in South Dakota have already reported a 10 to 20 percent increase in visitors. Game Fish and Parks report they’ve already booked 37,000 campsites for the summer, up from last year’s 29,000, according to KSFY-TV, Sioux Falls.

Lake Herman State Park is home to 72 campsites and looking ahead to one very busy weekend.

“Last I heard, our park was full and that means we have a very busy weekend ahead. Walker’s Point and Lake Herman are full for this weekend,” John Bame said.

“It might attribute to the warmer spring we had, and April was a good month as well. A lot of our counts increased because a lot of people came out early to recreate due to the good weather,” Bame said.

To plan for a busy weekend, staff makes sure they’ve got a clean park and each site is ready to be enjoyed.

4. Brenham: Ice Cream Capital of Texas

“Brenham—Ice Cream Capital of Texas” © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Brenham—Ice Cream Capital of Texas,” proclaims the giant sign at the corner of U.S. 290 and FM 577, which becomes Blue Bell Road, home to Blue Bell Creameries.

The tour begins in a small projection room with a brief, humorous video depicting the history of Blue Bell, founded in 1907 as the Brenham Creamery Company. Afterward, a guide leads visitors upstairs to watch cream transform into frozen confections. Tour-goers peer through large, glass windows that overlook the various processing areas, Stainless steel vats and chutes crank out the chilly treats into paper tubs, which are loaded into boxes headed for the freezer.

For more on the sweet story of “the little creamery” in Brenham and the tasting test, go here.

5. San Antonio River Walk

Since 1938 the River Walk has been a hub of culture for San Antonio. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The famed San Antonio River Walk is 2 1/2 miles of beautifully landscaped waterfront with hotels, restaurants, nighclubs, and shopping and is one of the main tourist attractions in the state of Texas.

Historically, the waterway was used by Spanish explorers to provide water to their missions. In 1929, Robert H.H. Hugman submitted his design plans to turn the area into a beautiful urban park with apartments, dining, shopping and boat rides.

Since 1938 the River Walk has been a hub of culture for San Antonio. You can learn about San Antonio’s history aboard a river cruise, people watch as you enjoy delicious food on many of the restaurant’s outdoor patios and simply enjoy this beautiful piece of the Lone Star State.

For the complete story of San Antonio’s Paseo del Río or River Walk , read San Antonio River Walk: Jewel of the City.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Please Note: As a result of limited interest in “Five Things You Need to Know Today”, I’m suspending this Friday feature with this issue.

Worth Pondering…

Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature.

—Kelly Scheaffer

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