The annual Thanksgiving campout
- Nov 29, 2004 at 12:00PM
San Marcos, Texas
I thought I would start a thread where folks can post their Thanksgiving experiences, good, bad, or indifferent. To get things rolling here's mine.
Since neither my wife nor I have any family in Texas, we have started a tradition of going camping for Thanksgiving. This year we were scheduled to camp on the Guadalupe river in central Texas (about a 1 hour drive from home). We were a little concerned because we have been getting a lot of rain lately, but the rain ended Tuesday night, and a call to the park on Wednesday confirmed that they were open.
Wednesday morning, we woke up and loaded the car with all of the camping gear and other stuff we needed (smoker for the turkey, my son's bike, etc.). We left around noon, and stopped for lunche at McD's on the way out of town. We got to the campsite around 2:00, and proceeded to set up camp. Finished that around 4:00, and started dinner (spaghetti). Dessert was peach cobbler cooked in our new dutch oven. Wednesday night was a little chilly (38 F), but the sleeping bags were warm. The only disturbance was the racoons that raided all of the food we neglected to put away.
Thursday morning dawned cold and clear. Got up, started the coffee and the fire, and then cooked breakfast (bacon and eggs) after a sufficient amount of coffee had been consumed. After breakfast it was time to run to the store to buy the things that were inevitably forgotten. While I did that, Michele and the kids went on a hike. When I got back from the store, it was time to get the turkey in the smoker, so I did that, and my son and I went on another hike. The rest of the afternoon was spent playing cards and tending the smoker. Around 2:00 we started the rest of dinner (mashed potatoes and corn on the cob). Finished dinner around 4:00, and had pumpkin pie around 5:00. The rest of the evening was spent playing cards and roasting marshmallows around the fire. It was warmer tonight, and I ran the raccoons off before we went to bed (they were quite bold). We also cleaned the camp up a little better, so we had a quiet night.
Friday was cloudy and warmer. Had a late breakfast cooked in the dutch oven, then spent the day hiking and playing cards. Turkey sandwiches for lunch, and chicken cooked on the fire in foil packets for dinner. Chocolate cake in the dutch oven for dessert.
Saturday we woke up, packed up and left. All in all it was an excellent trip. Weather was perfect, and the river was beautiful. So what did y'all do?
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