by Fulltime RVing
(Simi Valley, CA)
The RV lifestyle has something for everyone. Some people take the summer months off, traveling to see friends and family, enjoying the chance to get reconnected with their kin and to learn about this country of ours as they go. You see things that you don’t always get a chance to when you travel in other ways. After all, it is very difficult to appreciate the scenery from high above the clouds. Sure, you get there faster in a plane, but think of all the things you are missing along the way.
In the winter months, some RVers like to take off and head for the warmer climates, avoiding not only the snow, ice and other miseries that northern states face but staving off the high heating bills that are literally killing some families. They may travel along the bottom half of the country or head to one particular area and stay there for a few weeks or even months at a time. As long as there is sun and temperate temperatures they are happy. Think of them as snowbirds that bring their own nest.
Then there is fall, when certain areas of the country just explode as Mother Nature’s creative juices go into hyper-overdrive and she paints red, orange and yellow in broad, sweeping strokes over everything. The forested hills and the wooded valleys look like they are glowing with a life force that will carry them through to eternity. It is breathtaking even for the most hardened skeptic. And there are people, many, many people in fact, who literally follow fall. They will go to the places where the first tinge of autumn’s hues are known to arrive and then drive as the colors blush and then bolster, turning from pale yellow to deep gold, from pale to vivid red and from light to blazing orange. From state to state they will go, watching all of the different tree species vie for attention, almost preening as the RV line ups, the cars, the vans and even the buses and walking tours head out.
To take part in fall’s full glory, pack your RV lightly because in many of the states along the way, you will want to pick up regional tastes of all the fall flavors while you are snapping picture after picture of gorgeous vistas. Think about local honeys, jams and jellies and apple butter- things that will not only keep for a long time but make great holiday gifts as well. You can also pick up apple cider to drink while you are driving along- making the day even more perfect.
Just make sure that you get an idea of where you are starting and when the leaves are expected to be at their most beautiful for each location. You may also want to plan certain routes and alternate routes because there are going to be occasional crowds, all with the same intentions. There are also better times of the day to see the leaves, so plan accordingly.