New Blogger Friends & RV Socializing
Beyond my various philosophical musings (of which I’ve admittedly had many this past month), both Paul and I have also indulged in some regular ‘ol social RV-style partying.
I’ve spoken many times before about how social fulltime RVing is. It was one of our biggest surprises coming on the road and it’s continued to develop as we’ve traveled. Before we started out I always imagined that fulltime RVing would be a fairly lonely affair, mostly just Paul and I hanging out by ourselves in the boonies. Since we’d worked, commuted and lived together for many years prior, I was perfectly OK with this idea. In fact we had absolutely zero “adjustment issues” moving into a small space and I (for one) adapted to the RV lifestyle almost instantly (Paul took a bit longer, but he came around).
What I didn’t expect was that we would meet people on the road who would actually become our friends, and what I expected even less was to become part of a community of people who regularly meet, re-connect, socialize and even (on occasion) caravan together. RVing folks are, for the most part, a really social lot.
Of course like many of you out there we “dreamed” of RVing for years before we actually did it, and we read many blogs that inspired us. Some of these folks we’ve already been lucky enough to meet and become very good friends with, but one couple that has eluded us so far was Nick&Terry of Gypsy Journal. Nick is rather famous (some might even say infamous LOL) in the RVing community and is one of those nutters who writes a daily blog, something I couldn’t even imagine doing. Not only that but he spends his spare (?) time compiling Gypsy Journal and, just for fun, churning out best-selling novels (great reads while you’re boondocking in the SW desert BTW). In other words he’s a writing machine. His lovely wife, whom he affectionately refers to as Miss Terry has a bit of fame herself with her very own cookbook. Between the two of them they’ve got over 17 years of fulltime RVing experience!
I was a bit nervous meeting them because it was a windy day. You see Nick has a kite-flying obsession and he was just (that very morning) moaning on his blog about how it has not been windy enough to fly his kite for almost a week. Well, at least not until he was scheduled to meet us. Our lunch date at The Lost Roo was on a gusty perfect-for-kite-flying kind of day, and here we were ripping them both away from their only day of good flying. Oooops. Of course we didn’t really have much to worry about in the end. As with most RVers they are an easy-going couple and we had ourselves a good couple hour chat before we even noticed the time pass (plus they DID get to fly later that day…phew!). A very typical RV-style meet-up. Thanks for the lovely lunch, both of you!
We’ve made a few other good connections these past weeks. Just last week our good buddies Jil&Tom (who we met our very first year on the road and have remained fast friends with ever since) drove over in their truck camper and stayed in the park. We spent 2 days sightseeing and eating (a shared passion), ending our final night at the Pickled Fish a spot that has fast become one of our local favorites for superb cocktails and appetizers. We also met blog readers Mike&Lisa, and after recognizing that we share another passion (beer) we spent the afternoon sipping brews at Fort George Brewery. Just love it when friends, booze and food mix so seamlessly!
All this this just goes to show that even when we’re not particularly trying to be social, RV life just tends to be that way. Who knows what the next few weeks will bring?
Post-Post Note/ For those of you interested I’ve just refreshed my most popular blog-post EVER “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Fulltime RVing“. Despite being written in 2011, this post still gets over 500 views/day! Do we still feel the same way about all those things today?? Click the link to find out.