PARKING LOT SECURITY WAS PROVIDED TODAY
First off let me say thanks to all the folks who showed up today for our little 'spur of the moment' get together. Peter & Patty from Quartzsite were the first to arrive followed by the Bouse gang, Jim, Ellie, Janna, Mike & their little sweetie pie doggy Emmi. Donna (Froggi Donna) & Stu rolled in from Yuma on their Harley's about half an hour later followed closely by Motty, Patti, & their energetic boxer dog, Moe. They drove in from their temporary RV Park in Blyth, California.
PATTY & PETER WERE FIRST TO ARRIVE FOLLOWED BY ELLIE, JANNA, MIKE, & JIM IN FRONT OF THE MOTORHOME DOOR
Because this gathering was a last minute idea Kelly & I hadn't been to town to pick up any supplies so a big thank you goes out to Peter & Patti for a yummy plate load of delicious brownies. Motty & Patty brought in a load of Bagels, dip, & Danish pastries. Thanks guys:)) And Peter, thanks for the two packets of popping corn.
STU & DONNA RUMBLE IN ....... PATTY & MOTTY MEETING JANNA & MIKE
Always nice to meet fellow bloggers & put a face to the posts. We've probably been following Donna's post the longest. Kelly first met Donna at a gas station in Ajo, Arizona 3 years ago. I think it's about a year now that we first came across Janna's blog when we were at the ranch in McNeal. I think Janna & Mike emailed us inquiring about a boondocking spot near Sierra Vista. Motty & Patti first emailed us a couple months ago & we met them at the Bisbee Breakfast Club in Bisbee last month. Jim has been on my Facebook for awhile but I had never connected who he was until a few days ago despite first meeting him a week ago today. Ellie does the blog in their family & today was the first time we met her. Peter & Patty don't have a blog but they are blog readers.
Let me say that these are all fine people just as are most if not all RV folks we have met. RV'ers are a different breed of people unto themselves & as a group overall, I don't think you can find a finer bunch of folks. One of the key factors is age & maturity. No game playing, no one upmanship, no schemes or scams. As a rule these are all successful folks in one field or another who are at the age & stage where they are comfortable in their own skin & do not have to impress or razzle dazzle anyone anymore. Nice to have friends like that I'd say.
MAKING NEW FRIENDS:))
I'm usually not very comfortable in a crowd of people but felt not too bad about it today. Experienced my usual guilt feelings after everyone had left that I hadn't got to talk to more people individually. I'm actually a bit more comfortable in one on one encounters. Kelly felt the same way about not getting to talk longer with everyone so we'll just have to wait until individual paths are crossed again someday.
Jim & Ellie are new to boondocking & have been enjoying themselves immensely up near Bouse with friends Janna & Mike. When we first met Jim a week ago it became evident that he was really enjoying the boondocking lifestyle & after meeting Ellie today I think the bug has bitten them both. For sure they will find it difficult going back to RV Parks now that they have experienced the much quieter & finer side of RVing. Good work Janna & Mike for helping your friends, 'see the light .' :))
THE BOUSE GANG HEADS OUT.......... MAY OUR PATHS CROSS AGAIN
While listening to some of the conversation going around today I became aware of an overall consensus among all people present & it was something that surprised me. Some of the these folks have been very involved in various clubs organizing rallies, events, newsletters, etc. Some have been involved in RV Park activities & social events but what I was hearing today was a move away from the 'organized' structure of things. As most of you readers know, Kelly & I are not fond of all that socializing stuff that goes on in a lot of clubs, parks, groups, etc. & after listening to some of the wild & whacky stories today about what these people have seen & experienced I am sooooooo very glad we are the way we are. Call us anti-social if you will but today it was nice to meet others of similar opinions. And it was nice to hear their reasons of, why!! It just reaffirmed our belief that for us, we are definitely on the right track with our way of life despite what is considered to be, & pressured to be........'the norm!!'
DONNA & STU RIDE FOR YUMA........SEE YA LATER GUYS:))
Always sad to see people depart because in this life it is an unknown factor if or when you will ever see any of these folks again. It's just the nature of the RV lifestyle & I think it is that which creates the silent bond among RV travelers. It's unspoken friendships resulting from brief encounters of a friendly kind................10-4:))
MOTTY, PATTY, & MOE, HEAD OFF INTO THE DESERT......... TAKE CARE FOLKS
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A wise old man celebrating his 100th birthday got a visit from a local television reporter at the nursing home to interview him.
"Are you able to get out and walk much?" the reporter asked. "Well, I certainly can walk better today than I could a hundred years ago!!"
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