So here we are just a week till Thanksgiving. It’s always been my fav because there’s little pretense and it’s more about family gatherings and spending time than stuff. I usually cook. My turkey’s on the grill are pretty well known and I love doing it. This year, however I’m not hosting or cooking.
But here’s a look at some of my past work.
and the end product.
This year I’m simply another of America’s Guests! This year I’m going over the river and through the woods to, well not grandma’s, but to my daughters. Grand kids , turkey and pumpkin pie….I’m in, but that means I join the 55 or so million traveling this holiday.
Plan on traveling around Thanksgiving? You’re far from alone. The American Automobile Association predicts recordbreaking numbers on the road and in the air this year. A total of 55.3 million travelers are expected to travel from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 1 by car, plane, train, bus and cruise ship. That makes for a 1.6 millionperson increase from last year, the second-highest since AAA began recording data in 2000. Steer clear of Wednesday afternoon The worst time to hit the road is Wednesday afternoon, according to INRIX, a global transportation analytics company that partners with AAA to compile holiday travel data. If you plan on driving in the late afternoon or early evening (5 to 7:30 p.m.) around Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston or Houston, your trip could take up to 3½ times longer than usual. The traffic jams start early in San Francisco (2-4 p.m.) and Washington (3-5 p.m.), where trips are expected to take about three times as long as normal. “With record levels of travelers, and persistent population growth in the country’s major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays,” Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, said in a news release. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week.” Holiday travel tips:8 things to do now to make Thanksgiving flights go more smoothly Skies will be just as crowded Air travel will also see a big spike: INRIX estimates 4.45 million Americans will fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, a 4.6% increase from last year. The busiest airport day will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving: 3.1 million passengers are expected to fly that day, according to Airlines for America, a trade organization representing U.S. airlines. The Monday before Thanksgiving is the lightest travel day compared with others surrounding the holiday, according to AAA and A4A data. Something else to consider: The cheapest plane tickets usually fall on Thanksgiving Day. If you only have to drive a couple of hours or your destination isn’t far from the airport, it could be easier to travel on Turkey Day itself. (There’s little margin for error that way, however.) Bye, pilgrims; hello, palm trees Thanksgiving weekend is often a departure window for snowbirds fleeing the Northeast for their warm-weather homes in Florida, home to four of the cities on AAA’s list of top Thanksgiving weekend bookings. Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, lead the top 10, indicating many AAA customers are Disney-bound. New York, Las Vegas and Phoenix also claimed spots on the list. For travelers opting to ditch Thanksgiving dinner in favor of a long weekend at the beach, there are two Hawaiian spots in the domestic top 10. The top international destinations: Nassau, Bahamas; Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Just one cold-weather spot made the international list: Munich, Germany, which is home to a famous Christmas market.
They didn’t mention Chicago so maybe we’re in better shape, but I doubt it! Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.