Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Time for a little history lesson about the holiday. We bet you didn't know all of this!

Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated in the United States and Canada but these two countries celebrate the holiday at different times. For Canada, it is the second Monday of every October whereas in the United States it is on the fourth Thursday in November. 

In the past, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition, but now it is better known as a secular holiday.
Despite lacking religious integrity nowadays, it is not unusual to participate in prayer before digging into a Thanksgiving feast. The reason for this is to honor a successful harvest. Oddly enough, the harvest season in New England (where praying for harvest originated) ends well before the end of November.

Because it is so poorly documented, “First Thanksgiving” has been somewhat pieced together. What we do know is in 1621 after a successful harvest, Governor William Bradford of Plymouth colony organized a celebratory feast for the Pilgrims and invited their Native American allies (including Wampanoag chief Massasoit). According to journals kept by pilgrims at the time, the feast lasted for three days, although we aren't sure what they ate.

Interestingly enough, most of the Thanksgiving staples we are accustomed to eating couldn't be prepared back then, including pies and desserts the holiday is known for nowadays.

After that, Thanksgiving didn’t happen for another two years. When it did, it was in merriment of the end of a long drought that threatened harvest. 

Although randomly celebrated from then on, it took many years to establish the holiday’s national significance. In 1789 GeorgeWashington acknowledged the issue by creating the first Thanksgiving proclamation.

It wasn't until 1817 that New York officially adopted an annual Thanksgiving holiday while the American South remained unacquainted with the tradition for multiple years thereafter. 

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” among other things, started her 36 year stint of publishing editorials and letters demanding the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 

Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued an official proclamation attempting to unify the Northern and Southern states saying all Americans should give thanks on the last Thursday in November. 

Many years thereafter, in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to what it is today initially as an attempt to increase retail sales during the Great Depression. 

In Canada, the origin of Thanksgiving is a little unclear. “Thereis no compelling narrative of the original of the Canadian Thanksgiving day.”  
From what we know, it is traced back to 1578 when explorer Martin Frosbisher survived a long and treacherous journey from England to Canada and wanted to give thanks. 

Some have suggested that Canada’s earlier celebration of the holiday is because of an early onset of winter in the north leading to an earlier harvest season. 
There was not a specific date for celebrating harvest until the late 19th century. Many governors of Canadian provinces celebrated Thanksgiving at various times before the Canadian Confederation.

The first official Canadian Thanksgiving occurred April 15, 1872 when the nation was celebrating the Prince of Whales' recovery from a serious illness.

The Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be officially observed on its present date in 1957. It was set at the second Monday of  every October.

 Now we can all say we learned something new today! I certainly didn’t know all of that before! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lindy's Landing! We hope you have a truly blessed holiday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Exploring Pine Flat Lake

Have you been to Pine Flat Lake? Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern Fresno County, this artificial lake is formed by the construction of the Pine Flat Dam on our beloved Kings River in 1954. It is one of the largest reservoirs in California!

The dam was initially designed for flood control but now also provides irrigation and ground water recharge and recreation as well as a generator of hydroelectric power for the Jeff L. Taylor Pine Flat Power Plant. 

Unlike most nearby dam structures, Pine Flat Dam has a parapet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapet wall that cannot be approached from any direction as an extra precaution for preventing potential flooding. 

Just a half hour away from Lindy’s, the Pine Flat Lake Marina in Sanger is the only full service marina on the lake. They offer boat rentals and year round boat moorage.

According to the Pine Flat Lake's website, “over a million acre feet of water is fed from the Kings Canyon watershed, the highest and longest watershed drop in the Continental United States.” WOW! 

This provides an ample body of water for great fishing, recreational boating and exploring.

There is no shortage of wild trout, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and planted trout at this location so don’t forget to bring your fishing rod!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We're in the Mood for Winter Camping!

What a fun week we’ve just had!

The Camping Love of Adventure group came and stayed with us and we couldn’t be happier about it. This group of single seniors/adults schedule week long trips every month to central valley campgrounds and coordinate events for attendees. 
Whether it is off site outings to museums and hiking or on site pot lucks and morning campfires, these ladies offer friendship to one another and bring a jovial vibe to the entire campground when they’re here! 

In other news with Lindy's, we are in full swing with our full timers now. We want to express our  gratitude to the bridge workers and PG&E employees staying with us while tending to their projects (the bridge workers have been with us for about TWO years now!). We know there are many options in the area for you to stay and we appreciate you choosing us. 

Perhaps the biggest news of all is that we have a new camp host! His name is max and he’s my new German Shepherd puppy. Be sure to say hello to him when you see him. I’m in love already. He’ll be maintaining order around the place so make sure you abide by the rules ;)

 Lastly, we have had a few Lindy's supporters out there that requested Lindy's t-shirts. We’re opening up the creative forum to all who have visited Lindy's in the past: Does anyone have any ideas about what the design of the shirt should look like? What feature at Lindy's do you think should absolutely be on the shirt?

Let us know on our facebook, twitter or google+ pages or please, feel free to comment on the blog.

As always, we wanted to thank you all for keeping up to date with us. We wouldn’t be here without our loyal friends and campers!