Last Splash of Summer: Fall RVing Tips

The hot temperatures of summer are behind us. The lush greens turn into deep reds, bright yellows and gold, and burning orange colors that paint the landscape.

Bright washes of autumn colors annually awaken the senses when Mother Nature reaches out with a panorama of magnificent splendor. There is no better time of year for getting out and about and enjoying the beautiful—and ever colorful—countryside.

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, festivals, and fall foliage events are opening everywhere. Many farms across the country host festivals, complete with pick-your own pumpkin fields for the kids.

The Pumpkin Patch is one of many autumn attractions at Seven Oaks Market near Medford, Oregon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Pumpkin Patch is one of many autumn attractions at Seven Oaks Market near Medford, Oregon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In conjunction with vegetable stands filled with fresh corn and squash, many pumpkin patches offer homemade apple cider, preserves, and other regional favorites.

Don’t overlook traditional hay rides, always a fall family favorite. Riding through the woods and fields on an open wagon covered with hay and being pulled by a team of Clydesdales or Morgan work horses, or an old farm tractor makes a fun ride.

The rapidly changing autumn hues are accompanied by the semi-annual bird migration, as ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes flock together heading for warmer climes. They know what’s coming, and like the snowbirds of the RV world, journey south to a more agreeable winter climate.

It’s time to get out and visit a national park or campsite that you’ve had on your bucket list, just to see the autumn colors. Here are a few great tips for a successful RV vacation.

Autumn is a wonderful time of the year for RV travel. It’s a time for comfy long sweaters, mulled cider, and all things pumpkin. Pictured above rural scene in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Autumn is a wonderful time of the year for RV travel. It’s a time for comfy long sweaters, mulled cider, and all things pumpkin. Pictured above rural scene in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Pack for winter and summer

Fall can be a tricky season, since you never know how warm or cold the weather will be. Combat the feeling of wanting to stay indoors by packing appropriate clothes for all conditions. Long shirts, sweaters, pants, hoodies, rain coats, and jackets should protect you from chilly, dreary days while shorts, sandals, and t-shirts will help you enjoy the warm, sunny days. There’s no exact science for gauging your comfort level when it comes to outdoor activities, so it’s best to prepare for all conditions.

Check your heating and air conditioning units

Again, you never know what the temperature will be from day to day. One day can be chilly, the next can be warm. That means you need to ensure that both the furnace and air conditioner are in good working condition.

Bring your camera

With the changing colors, there’s definitely a lot of camera-ready shots ready to be taken. Just about anywhere you visit during the fall, you’ll see a definite change in the foliage. Get that camera out and shoot away.

As the crisp air of autumn settles over the Shenandoah Valley, the hillsides take on the brilliant fiery tones for which the valley is famous. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As the crisp air of autumn settles over the Shenandoah Valley, the hillsides take on the brilliant fiery tones for which the valley is famous. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fall Foliage Destinations

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the country due to its abundance of trees. There are over 100 native tree species within the park that produce gold, orange, crimson, and purple foliage during autumn.

The elevation changes 5,000 feet between Asheville and the highest point in the Smoky Mountains, creating a glorious color display that lasts almost two months.

Famous for its spectacular autumn colors, the White Mountains region in northern New Hampshire is a popular fall travel destination with sugar maples that display brilliant hues of red and orange.

Shenandoah National Park is a quintessential autumn foliage destination. Often overlooked during leap peeping season is the less crowded Shenandoah River State Park. As the crisp air of autumn settles over the Shenandoah Valley, the hillsides take on the brilliant fiery tones for which the valley is famous.

Spread across northwestern New York state, the Finger Lakes region contains seven lakes and provides amazing locations to view the autumn leaves.

With over five miles of river front and nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River State Park is truly a gem as nature dons its coat of many colors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With over five miles of river front and nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River State Park is truly a gem as nature dons its coat of many colors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is a ripening of the season as fruit trees grow heavy with red apples; leaves turn golden to reveal a harvest of pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and peppers in the field; and grape vines hang heavy with clusters of newly turned black and golden grapes.

Worth Pondering…

Enjoy your days and love your life, because life is a journey to be savored.

Grab the keys and let’s go RVing

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