By Dave Helgeson
Lately the news media has been telling viewers how their Thanksgiving celebration will look different this year due to the Coronavirus. “Keep gatherings small, stay outside, stay six feet apart, don’t share food, etcetera, etcetera”. Whether viewers decide to follow the instructions is yet to be seen.
As RVers we have multiple options to change up this year’s Thanksgiving celebration. Some ideas:
• I once met an RVing couple with no immediate family to celebrate Thanksgiving with, whose tradition was as follows: 1) Load up the RV with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 2) Place a turkey in the heated oven. 3) Start driving in a set direction with no preplanned destination. 4) Let the turkey bake* while they drove, stopping every so often to check on the progress. 5) An hour or so before the turkey was scheduled to be done they would find a campground for the night and set up camp. 6) While the turkey finished cooking they would prepare all the side dishes to go along with the bird. 7) Enjoy their meal and check out the surrounding area the next day.
*Yes they traveled with the LP on in their RV. That is a subject for another time. I never asked how they secured their oven door.
• Head to a campground near family members and move the celebration from their house to outside under the RV’s patio awning. Enjoy the big game on the exterior TV prior to dinner and then enjoy Thanksgiving dinner around the campfire.
• Go somewhere fun this Thanksgiving and make memories you will remember for years to come. My wife and I once stayed at an RV park that featured an aviary with free range turkeys, chickens and peacocks. You are sure to treasure the memory of when the Holiday bird showed up at the doorstep of your RV at dinnertime strutting his stuff!
• Many RV parks located in southern snowbird destinations offer Thanksgiving celebrations as one of their scheduled activities. Here is a list of parks that have offered Thanksgiving meals either hosted or potluck in the past. While some have likely curtailed their celebrations this year due to the pandemic, I suspect others have made changes that meet state and local safety guidelines allowing the annual tradition to continue. Since they are located in warmer climates, socially distancing outside can be easily obtained.
What will your 2020 Thanksgiving look like? Will it include use of your RV? Please share using the comment box below and maybe inspire others to start a new tradition in this less-than-usual year!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe.