Our last few days in Yosemite. We’ve had a great time
here. It’s beautiful, and the weather has been really nice. Cold but
sunny days, every day. It was a wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving.
Apparently, a lot of people like to spend Thanksgiving camping because
the campground, which only had a few of us earlier in the week, filled
up. We got some new neighbors the day before Thanksgiving- a California
couple with a teenage daughter. They fought like crazy. The wife
screamed at the husband, the kid screamed at the dad, the wife screamed
at the kid, the dad looked at us like, “could I please stay with you
guys for awhile”. On Thanksgiving Day the husband set up the satellite
so they could watch TV and everything became quiet and peaceful. We were
all truly thankful.
We’re not sure what traditions our neighbors were following, but we
followed some of our usual ones. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade off and on while we made a huge mess cooking way too much of our
favorite Thanksgiving food. The absence of healthy vegetables on the
menu was noted, but quickly forgotten. No room for things like that on a
day like this. In the late afternoon we sat down to dinner and listened
to Alice’s Restaurant while we ate turkey, mashed potatoes, Trav’s
homemade gravy, etc. etc. etc. until we were stuffed. We were actually a
little surprised at how well things turned out, given that our usual
contribution to the Thanksgiving table is fruit salad, and that’s about
it - maybe we brought olives once. Our moms taught us well, though, so
we did just fine. We did find that after years of training in big
Thanksgiving feast preparation, it was kind of hard to determine the
scale on a dinner for two. Consequently, our Thanksgiving leftovers
should last us through the rest of winter.
The day after Thanksgiving we woke up to find that our water was
completely frozen. It’s been in the 20’s here overnight and in the
mornings- gets into the mid 50’s during the day. We decided to take a
trip into town while things thawed.
We drove up to Jamestown- a historic gold rush town. We stumbled upon
the Railtown Museum there, where they were giving rides on their steam
train. It runs only a few months out of the year, and only Thanksgiving
weekend during November- so we kind of lucked out there. It was a short
trip, but it’s definitely not something you get to do every day. Oh, and
Santa Claus was on the train too- he just can’t stay away from those
After Jamestown we drove up to the Mercer caves, which were really
beautiful. It’s a vertical cave so you climb down 16 stories worth of
stairs and then all the way back up. It was worth it, though.
Now, we’re coming to the end of our stay here. We’re kind of sad to
leave. Like we said earlier, this has been a great place to spend
Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the season we’ve been reflecting on the
things that we’re grateful for. Being away from home and in a place like
this really adds to that feeling of gratitude. We’re missing our family
and friends every day, and that has made us even more grateful for them.
Days of climbing up and down mountain trails has made us keenly aware of
and very happy for our health. Lastly, to have this incredible
opportunity to travel and see beautiful places like this- there are just