For Thanksgiving last year, Stephanie and I rented an Escape Campervan and drove down to the Mojave Desert. There we met up with friends Julie and Patrice who had driven down separately. It was something of a reprise of our Thanksgiving in 2008, when we all met up at Joshua Tree. I say we make camping in the desert our new Thanksgiving tradition. It’s dry, it’s warm out (when the sun’s up), and it’s uncrowded. I like the expansive emptiness of the desert. I’m glad Stephanie does too.