Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is our 2nd year in the RV, but last year we spent Thanksgiving with my niece, Katy, and her family so I didn’t do too much cooking.  This year, she’s in Michigan with the family – celebrating the arrival of her new little guy, Graysen,


and we’re on our own in Arizona.  So, it was time to attempt roasting a turkey in our convection oven!

This big ‘ol bird completely filled the oven, so I opted for the oven bag to keep my oven from becoming a disaster!

Ready to go in the oven

Waiting for the boys


While I was busy preparing dinner, Tom and the boys loaded the bikes into the back of the truck and drove to the north end of the park to ride the Pipeline Canyon Trail.

Casey kept watch at the door, waiting for them to return!






It was a beautiful day today,

Quiet day on the lake

and there are plenty of people celebrating the holiday here in the park.  Walking around we saw (and smelled) a variety of turkeys cooking – in deep fryers, on grills, and in roaster pans!

Our turkey took a little longer to cook than I expected, but it turned out juicy and delicious!

Our Bird

We had all the fixin’s to go with it – mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, corn, cranberry jelly, and homemade bread . . . YUM!

Thanksgiving Dinner

It was a great dinner, and we were all stuffed when it was over!  Nicolas was my clean-up guy, washing all the dishes while I packed away the leftovers, and when we were done, we all took a nice long walk around the campground to wear off some of that food!


Thanksgiving sunset

We finished off the day with some football and some pie . . . chocolate cream pie that I made from a kit, and a pumpkin pie courtesy of Fry’s.



Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for our background check to be complete . . . the other host couple from out of state said theirs took 2 weeks, and I’m sure the holiday didn’t help.  We’re hoping to be able to start working next week, so Tom is going to ride along with the host on duty tomorrow for his training session.

We did a little bit of sight-seeing last weekend, exploring the little town of Cave Creek,     Cave Creek, AZ

which is a cute little artsy town just east of us . . . and drove through Scottsdale . . . Tom and I will have to go back down to Scottsdale to walk around one evening.  It looked like a cute area – reminded me of Naples, FL.







Shortly after we arrived, the host couple on site #1 (next to us) moved across the road so that they would have morning sun instead of afternoon sun.  We had been noticing that site # 1 was quite a bit longer than the site we were on, and had an extra parking space next to it which would get the truck out of our patio area.  So, after a few days of deliberating, we decided to make the move before the last host arrives next week.

Day 330_Our new home

It was a good move . . . we have much more room and open space!  We’ll be happy here!

As we moved all of our peripheral stuff over to the new site, Tom took the opportunity to take his motorcycle on a little ride around the park.


He’s hoping to get some riding in this winter.  Mike, one of the other hosts, has a motorcycle as well, and they are planning some rides on their days off.

After our “3 days of rain” last week, we’ve been enjoying the improved weather . . . highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s, and some spectacular sunsets!


Crazy Clouds










Pre-Thanksgiving Sunset

Amazing sky










Although we miss being with our family and friends on the holidays, we’re very thankful that our family is able to have this time together exploring the US and experiencing new adventures!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! nice job on the turkey!!

  2. That was a great dinner you put together in a little space!! So nice that it is warm enough to have a Turkey Dinner outside at the picnic table;o))

    Wonderful sunset photos... Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. What a great Thanksgiving dinner! Looks like you are going to really enjoy being there this winter. Looks like a great place!

  4. Glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Celebration as a family. You missed out on the typical Michigan s@#wfalls. What's with the Lions? They actually won their first Thanksgiving Home game in 9 years. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Really, it's only been 9 years?? I would have thought it was longer LOL! Bryce did watch the game . . . Flagstaff is only about 2 hours away, so we can take a drive up there to see some snow when we need a fix!

  5. Nice job on the turkey Marcia! We all missed you at home. My day started out iffy but after a small lunch and more at dinner I actually felt human after 4 days of misery! I hope all goes better my next round on Dec. 12th. Happy Thanksgiving!


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