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Ten Things of Thankful: Camping Edition


Our little trailer taking its final camping trip before winter

Here it is, Friday the 13th, and I am, thanks to technology, blogging while in our little trailer in a campsite in a tiny town in Utah. This is a far cry from my childhood idea of camping. Camping means sleeping in a tent in the woods, away from people, with none of the modern conveniences of home. As an adult, I really appreciate a comfortable bed, running water, indoor plumbing, and a kitchen to cook in. Wifi is a bonus that allows me to get a post written. Would I prefer trees and fewer people around? Of course, but it's the day before an annular solar eclipse, so there are going to be lots of people. As for trees, this is Utah, not the Pacific Northwest, so trees aren't as abundant. A tiny little tree has been planted in our campsite, though. 

In a decade or so, this tiny tree might provide some shade

I'm thankful:

1. . . . for not being superstitious. Friday the 13th being followed by an annular solar eclipse might frighten some people, but I don't feel that fear.

2. . . .  for the opportunity to witness a solar eclipse. 

3. . . . that we were able to beat the traffic to the campsite this morning. 

4. . . . that our son and his girlfriend are watching our house and Drexel for us.

5. . . . that the forecast looks like it will be good enough to actually view the eclipse.

6. . . . that we are in a designated "dark sky" area and the nighttime sky viewing should be amazing, too.

7. . . . for small towns. This little town of 400 or so people is pulling out all the stops for all the visitors this weekend. We're going to head over to the farmer's market soon.

8. . . . for friends. Yesterday I had another Zoom luncheon with friends all over the US (and Canada!). Last night, I met with other friends in person at a Relief Society dinner at church. It's good to connect with people (even if I prefer fewer people in campgrounds!)

9. . . . for the harvest. Colder nighttime weather arrived this week, so the garden got harvested, ready or not. I now have plenty of green tomatoes in my basement, which will ripen slowly over the next few months. Why pay the grocery store for tomatoes that have been sitting in cold storage, when I can walk downstairs to my own cold storage room for the same thing?

Just a few of the tomatoes I harvested this week. I love all the colors: green, yellow, orange, red, and black.

10. . . .for John. He's been getting the garden ready for winter, getting the trailer ready for its last hurrah of the year, and he even made the soup (coconut squash) I took to the Relief Society meeting last night. (It was a big hit, too!) 

What are you thankful for this week? Are you watching the eclipse tomorrow?

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  1. cool (on the eclipse viewing) didn't have the weather up here, much less the viewing angle or, like an excellent book title, The Path of Totality.
    have a good week

    1. It was a cool thing to witness. Last night, there were also telescopes set up to view the night sky, and it was interesting to actually see the ring around Saturn and the moons of Jupiter.

  2. I do hope you had fun and a good view of the event and I envy you your green thumb and home grown tomatoes.


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