Thanksgiving …aka turkey day …is a day that has been set aside for folks to gather together with family, friends, pilgrims, American Indians, etc. and eat everything they can get their hands on. Yummm. What a great tradition!
If, as an RVer, you are already parked in a relative’s driveway or a RV park near family, you already know how you will spend the holiday. Good. However, if you are ‘on the road’ or staying in some distant and unfamiliar state or campground there are plenty of options for celebrating the holiday.
Are you in an area where there are others from an online forum nearby? A mini get together would be great fun. Wouldn’t hurt to ask if anyone is around.
RV parks and resorts are an option. Parks with activity centers usually have Thanksgiving dinners …the potluck kind or a meal that you pay for and is served cafeteria style. Even if you got to the park last night and couldn’t make a reservation, more than likely you would be welcome to join in the festivities. There is always room for more at those events.
Most activity centers have a television room, game tables and jigsaw puzzles where you can join with fellow RVers watching football games, playing cards, scrabble or other games. This is a great way to meet people and make new friends. A lot of snowbird parks have jam sessions. If you like music, listen …if you play an instrument, join in.
Remember …don’t be shy. If others seem to be a bit stand-offish, introduce yourself, ask where they are from, if they a fulltimers, where they are headed, etc. They may not be stand-offish at all, just shy. It’s a good bet that you all have at least one thing in common …RVing.
Perhaps none of the above is your ‘cup of tea’. Ask the park manager for information about movie theaters and other activities in a nearby town. And while you are in town scope out all the places you might want to shop on ‘Black Friday’. Even an early snowbird can get the worm!
We hope you are having a great Thanksgiving! — Fran C. Crawford & Steven Fletcher