Thanksgiving Day 2010 started bright and early at 7:00 AM…with loud speaker announcements from across Lady Bird Lake for the 20th annual Turkey Trot. Bill decided at the last minute to run in this five-mile race. (I passed, since the turkey was not going to cook itself.) We estimated that there were at least 16,431 participants*…a fairly big turnout even by Austin standards. I watched the start of the race from our balcony. It took almost 20 minutes** for everyone to get past the start line.
After the band went by, we expected to see a few rows of cadets. We were shocked to watch 1,900 cadets, 20 horses, 1 covered wagon, 1 cannon and 0 cheerleaders*** following the band. Each brigade chanted as they marched along. The line stretched 12+ blocks from the lake up to the Capitol grounds. It was a very impressive sight…even to us Longhorn fans.
Thanksgiving Day 2010 was indeed a day to be thankful. I am thankful for my family and friends, near and far. I am thankful for good health and the opportunity to live in a beautiful city. And I am thankful for the turkey which gave me several excuses to have a very relaxing day!
* Bill’s race number.
** Balcony observation.
*** Austin American-Statesman and ground-level observation.