Thanksgiving Day 2011

Our Thanksgiving Day started with an unusual sight: a very thin band of fog had settled to the southwest of downtown Austin and advanced towards us until we couldn’t see the Long Center across the lake. The clouds were completely below our apartment with clear blue skies above us.
But the fog burned off long before 9:30 AM when the annual Thundercloud Sub Turkey Trot got underway. Over 21,000 people, including Bill, participated in this 5-mile race. I decided to take pictures and get our turkey in the oven instead.
The Turkey Trot is one of the largest races in Austin. It took 30 minutes for everyone to just shuffle across the First Street bridge to the starting line. A sea of people stretched for blocks and blocks up Lavaca Street. The race route looped west towards Mopac, along Cesar Chavez and back across the bridge to the finish line. 
Austinites love to dress up in costumes. I saw pilgrims, turkeys, and even a taco go by.
By noon, the race was over and the roads were open again. We ate our Thanksgiving meal in the mid-afternoon and then took a walk over to look at the Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons lobby. (I’m saving those pictures for a separate entry.) After our little outing, we ate some yummy apple pie baked by our church’s youth group. 
We are starting to see some stunning sunsets again after months of drought and cloudless skies. Yet another reason to be thankful today!

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