Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hangin' With Nomads


How nice to awake this AM knowing that all I need do is drive to town to re-fill the propane tank.  As the day yawns before me, I feel like a queen.
A cold day though.  28 degrees at 9AM.  The GDB fared well through the night, the lovely furnace doing its job well.  I wonder if everyone in camp stayed warm last night.  Some are here in tents and it is a testament to the strong fellowship that they remain.  The forecast predicts a return to normal (highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s) by Tuesday or Wednesday. 

 It’s not possible to describe the blanket of stars that covered us last night.  I’ve never seen old friend Orion looking quite so fierce before. 

 

After my first full day here, I have to say I cannot imagine NOT being here.  It almost seems impossible that all this has been going on without me for so long. 

Attended the tin can seminar this AM.  There were about 30 of us discussing questions written on pieces of paper and placed in a tin can.  Well-known blogger Randy (the Mobile Codger) led the discussion.  I learned a lot from these experienced vandwellers. 

I had flashbacks to all those meetings I attended in my professional life.  The contrast is notable.  For one thing, we spent 10 minutes talking about poop.  Can’t get more real than that. 

Losing my job hurt but I can’t say I’m sorry to be meeting around a campfire instead of a large wooden table.  Much more civilized.  The discussion, naturally, focused on life on the road: how-to, where-to, but mostly why-to.  This is all so new to me that I’m still amazed to meet anyone who shares my interest in living this way.
Visited the RV Pit Stop on Main Street.  It was quite the operation!  There were stations for propane, dumping, and water.  And men running around directing you to the proper station and collecting your money.  Like one of those old Texaco TV ads.
Propane




Also on Main Street

Vendors galore


Selling stuff
Glad my propane is topped off - it's gonna be another chilly night! 
                                           
The road to the Rubber Tramp Rendevous
    

19 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have such an adventure. I enjoy your blog and can't wait to hang with the nomads myself. :)

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    1. Me too, me too! LOL I can't wait to hit the road. 8 weeks and counting!

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  2. Ahhh the stars ... what fun, Kim... Homer isn't a tent ... but I'd be reeeeally cold.

    Gonna be fun reading your Q take... ;)

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  3. Meeting around a campfire instead of a big table IS much more civilized! And a lot more real. So glad you made it!

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  4. GAH! I can't believe I've missed so much, and so many, already! Looking forward to arriving this afternoon! See you then!

    Happy Trails, forever!
    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After/

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    1. Hope you can get here in time for the women-on-the-road seminar!

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  5. I was at the PIT STOP yesterday to fill my propane tank. It was BUSY there !

    So glad to hear that your first experiences are so great. It will only get BETTER from here kiddo !

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    1. It's hard to imagine that it could get better, but I think it just might!

      Pit Stop said they were busy yesterday but will be busier still today. He said they get some high volume vendor traffic on Mondays.

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    2. We need to meet up when the weather gets better. Think I'll spend today cozy inside and out of the wind.

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  6. Loved your comment " cannot imagine NOT being here." Enjoying reading about you loving the place! Bringing back good memories for me.

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  7. YOU TALKED ABOUT POOP?!?!? Why, oh why am I not there? *sob*

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    1. Don't take this the wrong way but I thought about you.

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  8. You are quite the traveler now compared to when I met you only a few short months ago! Continue to enjoy...will probably do Q. next year.

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    1. I KNOW! Isn't it wonderful! Thanks for the inverter info.

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  9. Yes, the RTR group made me feel at home right away in their big gathering. Bob has an amazing ability to remember names; nothing like being called by name to make you feel welcome. I was hoping to come over this afternoon for the women's discussion but it is too windy to drive this billboard-sized vehicle today. I am so relieved that you are enjoying this experience.

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    1. Oh Linda, I wish you had been here. It was really cool hearing everyone elses' stories. How we all got here, what we want out of life. You would have enjoyed it, I'm sure. As soon as this rotten weather passes, we'll meet up somehow.

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  10. Sounds wonderful. Always good to learn from the ones that went before...

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  11. On the Monday following my company's announcement of an impending lay-off of 5,400 jobs, that "campfire versus boardroom" meeting comparison sure was comforting!

    Thanks, Kim...stay warm.

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  12. Reading your brought to mind my continual thought..."sure wish we had started earlier"

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