Do you have a hard time throwing away old maps? I do. I was looking for the Christmas decorations and pulled out a few other things that hadn’t seen the light of day for a couple of years. Among those was a long tube with maps of Alaska/western Canada and North America that have my travels recorded on them. However, I have all that documented on the computer. It’s just REALLY hard to get rid of maps. Color me sentimental.
Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day? It’s a nice way to start the season. Then I joined my neighbors, Liz and Russ, and others to a count of 10 SKPs per table. We were with 200 of our closest friends at the Activity Center. Yummy turkey and all the trimmings.
During summer, 2009, on my 4-month tent loop trip around the country, I told you about visiting friends Hank and Terry in an enormous magnificent log cabin in a very off-beat area of Idaho. They live ten miles beyond electricity on Idaho’s Salmon River in the River of No Return Wilderness. All the downriver residents, including them, were invited even further down river for Thanksgiving dinner at the new Downriver Café. That is right next to the new Booker’s Retreat RV Park. I’m told it is spacious, wooded, flowered, shrubbed, and the sites are at various elevations. Sounds great. If you can find it near Shoup, ID, let me know how it is.
I already got a Christmas card last week. A Michigan nephew, Craig, always gets his cards out before anyone else. I haven’t even given it any thought yet. Yesterday Friend John came and put the Christmas lights up on the peak of the house, one deck and two trees. He had to leave so I put up all the lights that I had on the rest of the trees and need one more set, not to mention that I don’t have any for the inside. This means a trip to town for sure. Next week I’ll show you some photos.
There are a number of really good Christmas programs/movies this year, more than usual I think. Did any of you watch November Christmas by Hallmark? It was a beautiful story and I cried most of the way through it – really good stuff! I also loved Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole, Reba McEntire and among others, the Muppets! And last night I watched the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and that was spectacular along with all the talent.
Of course the rattlesnakes don’t know it is Christmas and very cold for Arizona. Friend Walter almost stepped on one on his porch this week. That was a wake up call! When in the desert, ALWAYS watch where you are walking. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”