One of the upsides of being camphosts at Usery Mountain Regional Park campground for so long this winter is that we’ve had several opportunities to welcome fellow travelers to the park.
This area of Arizona is heavily-laden with RV parks that only accept people 55 and older, so being in a public park that doesn’t have such restrictions works to our advantage in funneling families and other non-traditional RV’rs to our door step.
We’ve had several campfires and shared meals in our time here and it’s always nice to just sit and talk with like-minded souls.
We highly value these social times.
While they don’t completely fill the gap left by our church & family back home they are important in staving off the feelings of being all alone out here in the big wide world. We also never fail to pick up advice on routes, locations, and RV living.
We’ve Met Up With
- Jim and Julie aka Imperfect Destiny. We first met these guys in Washington where we stood under the eaves of a closed county-park picnic shelter in the pouring rain trading travel stories.
- The Hale Family - fellow Hollanders that traveled extensively before we left and have returned to the road. Terrible bloggers though..;) Our teens had been in some home-school co-op type classes together back home so they were able to easily pick up where they left off.
- The Henson Family - the Hensons (also “Blog Not Found”) were caravaning with the Hales so this was our first time meeting them. We connected on Facebook after the visit and found we probably had more in common than we thought.
- The Leighton Family who we also had not met before. Our teen boys got on especially well and we hope to re-connect with them again before our time here is done.
- Susan and Bob the Poodle. Susan is a fellow Michigander and relatively new to full-time RVing. The night Susan joined us for dinner we served one of our family dishes known as “Bob the Casserole”. Bob didn’t eat Bob.
- The Perry Family aka The Unpredictable Perrys - who we had not met before. The Perrys were lured in by our photographs of the park and it’s been especially rewarding seeing how our teenagers and their 8 year old twins have struck up a friendship that many outside the homeschooling/travel world would probably not think probable. The Perrys are generous and crafty - we’ve all been blessed by their skills. The Perrys captured some thoughts from our time together on their blog.
- Nina and Paul Fussing of Wheeling It. Nina is a prolific blogger (a mere mention on her site sent us more traffic than Google!) and a holds a wealth of knowledge about boondocking and drycamping (and yes there is a difference) in the American West. Nina also posted a blog entry about our meeting.
Thanks to all you folks for blessing us with the gift of community, and if any other nomadic types are in the area let us know.
We can even get you in free to the park to visit us - a whopping $6 savings!
If it’s community you seek you can also plan your own neighborhood with like-minded souls. It just takes a bit more advanced thinking.