As summer bids goodbye, the anticipation of mesmerizing fall foliage starts. But, the exact timing of peak leaf colors has always been elusive. Enter SmokyMountains.com, the creator of an annual Fall Leaf Map. This unique map relies on data like temperature, precipitation, historical patterns, user-generated reports, and tree types to provide accurate predictions.
Interactive Map for Leaf-Lovers
The interactive Fall Leaf Map offers a fascinating way for users to monitor the gradual transition of peak foliage across the US. By simply sliding a tool along a timeline, viewers can witness the shifting colors of fall in various regions. David Angotti, the mastermind behind this innovative map, underscores that the map’s creation blends meteorological data with historical trends and user-generated reports, culminating in a prediction that is both highly accurate and enjoyable.
The 2023 Autumn Palette
According to the map, the fall foliage extravaganza is set to kick off in the northern parts of New York around late September, peaking until about October 7th. Heading further south, peak foliage will grace landscapes from October 9th to October 13th. Similar timelines are projected for East Coast states like Vermont and Maine. Their ultimate peak is anticipated around October 9th to October 13th, with the possibility of slightly later peaks in southern parts of the states. Travelers hoping to extend the foliage season should head further south to states like North Carolina where peak colors won’t come out until October 23rd through about October 30th.
User-Generated Insights to Enhance Accuracy
In their continuous quest to enhance the accuracy of their fall foliage predictions, SmokyMountains.com has introduced an exciting new feature in the map for 2023. Now, users not only have the opportunity to provide valuable fall foliage reports but can also contribute by submitting photos. This user-generated visual data promises to offer an even clearer and more detailed picture of the changing leaf colors across different regions of the US.
Leading a long life happy and healthy sounds like a dream! And it’s all possible if you know the right spots to settle in. Enter blue zones, the five locations in the world which are home to some of the healthiest communities. Let’s check out these incredible areas and their secret to a longer lifespan for the residents.
Sardinia became the first-ever identified blue zone in 2004. As per the Blue Zones website, a rare genetic quirk was found here being carried by the larger part of the inhabitants that links to the overall long life of the population. But, the other secret key to this longevity is the active and healthy lifestyle of the residents. According to the website, Sardinian people still continue to fish, hunt, and harvest most of the food locally. They take a largely heart-friendly diet of whole-grain bread, garden vegetables, beans, fruits, and mastic oil.
As the Blue Zones Website notes, residents of Okinawa are surprisingly fortunate to have a long life with extremely low rates of heart diseases, dementia, and cancers. More astonishingly, this longevity can be attributed to the strong social ties of the community, giving the people a deep sense of purpose. The website reports that the purpose-imbued lifestyle gives the residents clear roles of responsibility and the innate feelings of being needed, even into their 100s! Also, the inhabitants there mostly favor a plant-based diet, which only adds to their life span.
Nicoya, Costa Rica
With a lifestyle mantra of Pura Vida or pure life, the people of Costa Rica enjoy a happy and long life. With a common belief that everyone should adapt over time, they never lose the lust for living life to the fullest and get rewarded with a few extra healthy years in return, especially in Nicoya. The sense of existential purpose, strong familial bonds, and a healthy diet are also prevalent here. The Nicoyans usually take fewer calories and eat a light early dinner. Also, the centenaries mostly depend on a traditional Mesoamerican diet highlighted with corn, beans, and squash.
The Greek island of Ikaria is home to a healthy bunch of barely 10,000 inhabitants. According to the website, the entire population is nearly free of chronic diseases and dementia. Not to mention, almost one in three residents live well into their 90s. The secret here is the healthy diet, mundane activity levels, and socio-centric culture! The Ikarian community enjoys a clock-ignoring relaxed pace of life. Additionally, the warm breezes, clean air, and rugged terrain of the island draw the people outdoors into an active lifestyle.
Loma Linda, California
Though the region of Southern California offers a generally pleasant environment, Loma Linda seemingly gets it better than most. As the website notes, people in Loma Linda live almost a decade longer than any average person, thanks to their love for exercise and strict vegetarian diets. Their passion for helping others is also a factor here. The tight-knit community of the area stays active, practices finding a sense of purpose together, and most importantly, staves off depression by focusing on helping others.