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Thanksgiving Warm-Up Feed

Time: November 16, 2012 at 2pm to November 18, 2012 at 12am
Location: Del Valle Regional Park, near Livermore, CA
Street: 7000 Del Valle Road
City/Town: Livermore, CA 94550
Website or Map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/…
Phone: 888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4524
Event Type: campout, and, potluck
Organized By: John LaTorre
Latest Activity: Jan 25, 2013

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Event Description

Let's get into condition for Thanksgiving with our fourth (or is it fifth?) Annual Thanksgiving Feed. This year we'll be at Del Valle again, since it worked well last year. We'll provide a turkey, but bring whatever side dishes you want for the Saturday Potluck under the Tent of Doom.

Please note that the park locks its gate at 10 p.m., so you have to arrive before then.

Friday Night will be Pizza Night. Those of you with camp-stove ovens are encouraged to bring them. And those of you without them are invited to use ours, although you'll be on your own for the actual pizzas (8'' diameter maximum).

We'll be using the same part of the park as last year ... the loop that contains campsites 31 to 41 (31 is the only one with power, if you need it).

A map of the campground may be found at http://www.ebparks.org/files/Del_Valle_campground_09.pdf

Reservations can be made after Labor Day Weekend.

I'll try to reserve space 38, and suggest that we start booking the ones on either side of it and directly across the road. I am willing to share my space with somebody else, so let me know if you want to do that or get your own.

And, of course, bring wood, bring wine, bring musical instruments if you've got 'em...

(Speaking of firewood, I suppose that the info we got last year still applies: 

"FIREWOOD: To limit the spread of Sudden Oak Death fungus, you may NOT BRING UNPROCESSED/NATURAL FIREWOOD into the park. You may bring wood which has been commercially purchased and certified to be uncontaminated, processed fire logs or cut lumber. Family campground kiosks at Anthony Chabot and Del Valle have firewood for purchase".)

Comment Wall

Comment by westywoman (Melissa) on October 9, 2012 at 9:48pm

Is it too soon to ask, "Who will bring the turkey fryer and oil"? If everyone has been happy with the turkey for the last 3 years, I am willing to bring the turkey again. I may look for a new injection recipe this year. I'm thinking something with orange juice. Like this:


Comment by John LaTorre on October 17, 2012 at 10:12am

Mmm... orange juice.

I accept your offer of the turkey. As for cooking it, I'll bring a Weber so we can roast it, unless there is popular acclaim for deep-frying it again. (A half a bag of charcoal costs way less than many gallons of peanut oil.) What do youse guys prefer?

Comment by Mary Atleson on October 17, 2012 at 10:25am

Roasted on a Weber sounds fantastic!

Comment by Mary Atleson on October 17, 2012 at 10:29am

BTW, we are relocating to Sacramento from Fremont the weekend before this event. Who do you guys recommend for Westy repairs in town? I hear Stephan's Auto Haus is good? Perhaps Kombi Haus? 

Comment by John LaTorre on October 17, 2012 at 10:42am

Either is good. Stephan specializes in Vanagons, but I'd trust Kombi Haus, too.

Comment by westywoman (Melissa) on October 17, 2012 at 1:34pm

I'm down for the grilling, always wanted to try it that way. Sounds good!

John likes Kombi Haus, I like Stephan's Auto Haus, both have good local reputations. Stephan's reputation is national, particularly as he just released his 1.8T engine conversion  "kit" for sale.

Comment by Daryl Davis on October 28, 2012 at 8:54am

I will be 35! 

Comment by John LaTorre on October 28, 2012 at 12:52pm

So far, then, its:

20 Open
21 Open

31 Mary Atleson
32 Taken by Unknown Person
33 Taken by Unknown Person
34 Taken by Unknown Person
35 Daryl Davis
36 Westywoman
37 Taken by Unknown Person
38  me
39 Mike Fernandez
40 Kris Hanson
41 Gene Burris

I hope the people taking the "unknown" spaces are either our people or at least VW-friendly people. But I'm not too worried, because with the seven spaces we know we have and an expected number of twelve buses, we'll be able to double up and accommodate everybody.

I'm looking forward to this!

Comment by Mary Atleson on October 31, 2012 at 11:40am

Thanks everyone for recommending Stephan's Auto Haus. Had him install the snaps for our Fancher's Pop Top Insulation, which we will be testing and showing to interested people during the Thanksgiving Warm Up Feed. Great mechanics there and more than fair. Also scouted out a place to camp in Tahoe on the Truckee River. A good weekend and the dog loved following game trails in the closed campground:)

Comment by Joel Bubeck on October 31, 2012 at 7:46pm

I'M IN!  Site 20!


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