Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving at Panoche

Colorful Lichen
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we trekked to Panoche with our delightful neighbors in tow for Thanksgiving 2010.  There were two of us, five of them, and one neighbor for the traditional feast of roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and the ubiquitous pumpkin pie.  (Actually this made our 5th pie since roasting the Halloween pumpkins the last few weeks.)

It was a cold but sunny three days, about 50 degrees.  With the sauna that Boyo built into the rocks as his first project on the property, we all managed to have a refuge of warmth each morning.  The boys were led to the cave where they discovered a huge icicle.  Hiking along the old cow paths, taking sheltered meadow naps in the sunshine, tracking birds by their calls, shooting Austin's pellet gun, and fixing the fixins kept everyone busy.  At night we watched movies in between viewing Jupiter and three of its moons through the telescope.

The photo is of a different trip to the property.  Usually there are no low clouds so you can see down nearly 3000 feet to the Panoche Valley below.


  1. How fun to travel America with you through your great blog! I am your newest follower! Please join me at my history blog - and take a journey of a different kind!!
    Fabulous pictures!

  2. I like the cloud picture. It took away the unpleasantness of reading "green bean casserole". Ecch! Sorry. Bad childhood memories.

  3. Hi Becky and Jim,you've been having a lot of great adventures,I just got caught up,a lot of good pix.We're still remodeling,a very lengthy process! I realized I don't have your new address so could you e-mail it to me? thanks,K

  4. Sounds like you had a nice and tasty Thanksgiving. The bottom photo is really beautiful!

  5. John-I know exactly what you mean because we have evolved a bit in our meals now.

    Pam-It was a very, very traditional-I remember mama-Thanksgiving meal. That is unusual because we have vegetarians in the family now. Usually our Thanksgiving is more varied, more gourmet, more experimental; which I like a lot, too.