Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Yesterday, we moved a short distance south to the Naval Station at Mayport, FL. This will be our third visit here. In terms of water views, it is tough to beat. The campground sits at the mouth of the St John’s River with views of the passing military and commercial traffic. It is also a short walk to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
This is where we will be spending Thanksgiving this year. We avoided the mistake we made last year in not planning for this holiday and ended up having to move on Thanksgiving Day from Charleston to Hilton Head. As we prepare for this day, we have been reflecting on how different our Thanksgivings have been since we started full timing four years ago. First and foremost is that it is not assumed that we will always be with family for these occasions. It has also turned out that will not be in the same places for these events either.
Looking back, we spent our first Thanksgiving on the road in Richmond, Va. We were there visiting our youngest daughter, who was on a training assignment away from her duty station in Las Vegas. Despite the wild weather that week, we enjoyed our visit with her and had a very nice RV version of Thanksgiving that Nov in 2006.
In 2007, we were camped at Mayport Naval Station and were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends Ted and Sharon in St Augustine, Fl. Another great event, this time in a sticks and brick house.
2008 found us in Key West; camped along the water in wonderful weather. We celebrated the holiday by ourselves and shared the day with the children by phone.
In 2009, as I mentioned, we forgot about the holiday and scrambled to find a place to stay. Anneke not only got us into a great resort in Hilton head, but also arranged for us to take part in the club dinner. We enjoyed the company of fellow travelers and shared our RV experiences.
This year our plan is to enjoy a quiet day at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with a Turkey dinner and a walk on the beach.
Wherever this finds all of you, we hope that you have a great day and a lot to be thankful for.