Christopher Creek’s new homeowners, Pam and Dave Voita, hosted Thanksgiving and a birthday celebration in their newly remodeled cabin on Uphill Drive. Pam’s father was in attendance — returning to the Creek for the first time since the terrible accident that nearly took his life. That’s something to be thankful for! Down on Columbine, Karen and grandson, Mikey, hosted Angel and Brandi and their family for the big dinner. My sister, Carol, and husband Charlie had all of our family for dinner on a beautiful afternoon in the Valley. Friday is going to be spent watching football at Mother’s.

Last Saturday, a couple of us had decided that Sheila’s Creekside was the place to watch the Territorial Cup war between ASU and U of A. Shortly after arriving, waitresses Marcia and Tamara’s panicked pleas pierced the air. “Don’t touch Guide on the remote! It messes up the TV!” A 10-minute process began to determine the network carrying the game. Halfway through the ordeal, in walks six young fellas and out came six smart phones to advise what channel to dial up. It turns out that channel is not in their TV package. Doomed, right?

Well, it seems these guys were on their ninth annual camping trip to Rim Country. Normally they set up camp each November up on top along the FR300, but recent rain and snow had turned the road to mush. Fortunately, they stopped in at Creekside Friday evening and Sheila told them about the camping areas at the end of FR284 right here near the Creek. So, that’s where they set up.

When this bunch happened into Creekside on Saturday and learned of our dilemma, out came a tablet and in just a couple minutes they had the game streaming on the small screen. The game had started, but there was no score yet. Their original plan was to watch the game at camp. They came equipped with all the techy stuff including a voltage converter and a monitor!

One of their number was dispatched back to camp for a HDMI cord and soon we were all set up. Several cocktails later we had a raucous cheering section for the game that might not have been. Four of the group came up from the Valley, but one came from LA and another from Colorado. Thanks to Brian Stone, Toby Roberts, Matt Hyde, Mark Stephens, J. P. Lordy and Ivan Wilson for quite an entertaining afternoon. They call their annual outing the “Idiots’ Trip” and have resolved to return to the Creek again next year.

Now, here’s a question for you. Could we survive an eight-foot snow? You’re saying here he goes with that weather stuff again. Hear me out: we have received another inch and a half of moisture out of that last system including three inches of snow. Couple that with the inch-and-a-quarter from the prior storm among with some earlier November showers and it adds up to three inches on the month. Our annual total to date is now 32-1/2 inches of water. Imagine a 55-gallon drum filled to within an inch-and-a-half from the top!

The next couple months we are going to document what could turn out to be an unprecedented winter here in the Creek. Of course an eight-footer probably won’t happen. But let’s look at what the latest El Niño discussion tells us. First, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has documented and studied the El Niño/La Niña effect since 1950. Most of their blather is stated in probabilities, not specifics. For instance, they speak in terms of a 60 percent chance of a wetter than normal period from December through March.

For those of you hoping for snow, just be careful what you wish for!

The latest Mimi update comes from son-in-law Dave and he reports she is continuing to improve. Mimi is at Payson Care Center and is currently undergoing therapy. Our best wishes go out to her.

Remember, Sheila up at Creekside is hosting her Christmas party tomorrow, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 with entertainers Nina, Curri and friends in the house.

The Landmark will be open on Dec. 5 for the tree decorating party and then again on Dec. 12 for the after-party following the Christopher Creek Christmas Carts and Quads Electric Light Parade.

On a chance encounter at a Payson wine tasting, it was brought to my attention that Father Alfredo will be appearing in January, not March. Sometimes it pays to read e-mail correspondence a bit more carefully … and that’s another week in the Creek.

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