Having always been mindful of tradition we are learning to be open and explore new traditions while embracing and cherishing old ones. In doing so we are growing and appreciating the countless, ever changing world around us. The 14th verse in James chapter 4 “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” says a lot about our lives. Thanksgiving for us has always been a season filled with hours of hustling to prepare elaborate menus of wonderful foods then inviting family and friends over to share stories about what each has been up to and all the while munching on so many delicious snacks. Then it’s hurry to sit down to that large turkey dinner and all the trimmings which took hours to prepare and minutes to devour. Then it was off to find a comfortable seat and join along with others in the chorus of “I ate too much”. Then to get up and grab another cookie or slice of pie to round out the moment. It’s interesting to see however the way present times are forcing changes in these wonderful traditions. I think we are all seeing the family unit fractured and blended in so many ways and then there is the fact our children are growing up, moving away, then they meet and establish their families all while trying to blend their family traditions with those of their new families thus knowingly yet unknowingly creating new ones. Then before you know it we are frantically trying to hold on to life the way it was instead of the way it is. I may be a little bit wrong here but doesn’t this create some stress in all our lives. So, give or take a few of these facts we decided this Thanksgiving to pack our home on wheels and spend Thanksgiving in a new way, camping. So, it was off to “Old Forge Campgrounds” in Old Forge NY. Wow, what a beautifully relaxing time we had. We left home with 6 inches of newly fallen snow and were headed to an area known for its hefty snow accumulations and sure enough they had 18 inches of fresh, fluffy, snow. It was beautiful. We’re going to sign off now but want to leave you with some of the pictures we snapped along the way. We hope you return tomorrow to read more about our non-traditional Thanksgiving“ van-ping” trip went.