For many, the month of October brings to mind thoughts of apple picking, corn mazes, Oktoberfests, pumpkin patches and views of spectacular fall foliage. Many of us look forward to the fall season as the perfect time to get out and camp. Our campgrounds seem to be a little more laid back, they are not as crowded, and the crisp fall air provides the perfect time to be outdoors. Itís the ideal temperature to truly appreciate a símore. Plus, the peak fall foliage is bursting with color and ready to be enjoyed throughout the country.

For others, the month of October signals a time to either begin planning for an upcoming snowbird trip, or possibly begin the journey down south from already colder climates. For those who may be considering an escape from winter, I want to point out that the Farmersí Almanac is predicting a repeat of last winter for many in the US. I am sure that prediction alone is enough for a number of you to start planning your migration down south today. Winter seems to be more bearable with the promise of sunshine and temperatures in the seventies!

The change of seasons represents a time to prepare, plan, or begin the countdown to next summerís camping season. In this issue we have provided you with a mix of each, a look back on our summer season, as witnessed in our #100DaysofCamping promotion, some fun autumn events for all to enjoy, and for those yearning to snowbird, we have provided you with some travel tips and recommendations.

So, whatever season you prefer, our locations provide the perfect retreat for you and your family. Our Thousand Trails locations in the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest feature a variety of autumn events and activities, as well as provide the perfect backdrop to view the breathtaking fall colors. (Be sure to check out our blog for some fall foliage highlights in the northeast!) For those who are looking forward to the upcoming snowbird season and meeting up with friends, be sure to take advantage of the member discounts at our Encore RV Resorts. With prime locations throughout the sunbelt states including the Florida Keys, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas or the dry, desert climate and the gorgeous landscape of Arizona, our Encore RV resorts provide great options for your winter getaway. These locations allow the camping and RV fun in the sun continue straight on through to the next summer season.

No matter what October means for you, we encourage you to get out and camp among the beautiful fall foliage, or travel down south where the green palm trees are plentiful. Enjoy the season and always look forward to what next season will bring!

Marguerite Nader
President & CEO