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Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, AZ - Day 39

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Thursday, November 23, 2023 - Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, AZ, Day 3 - 0 Miles, 3,189.6 Miles for the trip

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wandered up to site 30 and there is a car trailer parked in the site & a slow cooker on the picnic table. A bit odd, but on a a second walk the site owners were there. Seems they booked a non hook up site (most of the sites in the park are dry) and rented the site so they could cook their turkey. We chatted & they offered to move the trailer out of the site so I could park my travel trailer. I was in no rush, although I did have to be out of my site by 12:00, and they stopped by around 10:30 to let me know the trailer was out of the site.

I packed up & moved. While less shade, a better view of the mountains. A bit more expensive since the reservation fee wasn't spread across 2 days. $38.20 for the night. I got a call from Blue Waters and will be in site 90 starting tomorrow.

I spent the rest of the morning making phone calls. All are doing well, although I didn't get through to my brother in the Catskills. While I was on the phone a roadrunner walked through the site. Now a younger owner would be able with one or two finger pushes change the phone from the midst of a Facetime conversation to the picture taking mode and grab a shot, but I know that if I tried it I'd hang up on the folks I was talking to & connect to someone in Switzerland, so I didn't try.

After the phone & Facetime calls there were so many birds stopping by that I dug out the camera. Of course they all went away. I did get a few images:

Anna's Hummingbirds
Anna's Site 30

After running the photos in Lightroom, I put the camera battery on the charger & went back outside to do some reading. Of course lots of humming birds stopped by the feeder as long as I didn't have the camera. No second visit by the roadrunner.

A Panorama of the Superstitions (Full Size JPG, 8.4MB)

Just to show how much difference a lighting change can make, here is another panorama taken just before sunset:

A Late Day Panorama of the Superstitions (Full Size JPG, 9.3MB)

Dinner was early since the traditional time for our Thanksgiving dinner was between 3:00 - 4:00, depending when the 20 lb Plainville Turkey came out of the oven. While not a Plainville Turkey, I did have turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy & green beans. I much prefer our traditional dinner, but have to make due on the road. Unfortunately, nothing left over for sandwiches!

Until Tomorrow -


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