I’ve often wrote about community while on the road, and how I’ve had to adjust my expectations of it in order to appreciate the variability that happens while traveling full time. One of the greatest blessings has been connecting with other full time travelers that we get to rendezvous with in all sorts of locations.
One familiar shot that long time readers might recognize is us parked with this bus:
These past three weeks we’ve rendezvoused with our dear friends Ben & Karen of Creative Cruiser in three different locations – Burning Man, Las Vegas and most recently St. George, UT. And of course, we can’t forget our surprise rendezvous in Lake Havasu City, AZ at the end of our maiden voyage in our bus.
Since we met Ben in 2008, we’ve now rendezvoused with him and/or Karen (they connected 2 years ago) in Florida, California, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona and now Utah. We have a goal of meeting up in all 50 states and beyond together. We’re off to a great start!
We can go months (or even near a year) without seeing each other, or it might just be days in between our rendezvouses. Sometimes it’s just a quick passing over lunch, and sometimes it’s hanging out as neighbors for a week or so. Whatever it is.. it’s always worthwhile and draws our friendship deeper. (And somehow, we all end up buying new cool techy gadgets during our visits.)
It’s a special bond us travelers share in which our friendships can thrive with ever changing proximity.
We’ve been blessed to have spent so much time with them recently, and having a chill catch-up week in St. George together was just what we needed.
We accomplished bus projects together.
We watched water boil.
(We technomads have all the fun – don’t ya wanna be one too???)
But wait.. this just in. We took video of it to share with you…
If you’re interested in our new Induction cooktop, ours is the Spt 1300-Watt Induction Cooktop, Silver. We’ve been using ours for over a month, and love it.
And we helped Ben with some light painting shots for an upcoming project of his.
… and there may have been a bottle or two of wine and beer consumed.
Sadly, Ben and Karen left out earlier in the week ending our rendezvous. Who knows when we’ll next see them.
We decided to stick around St. George RV Resort a bit longer. For one, the resort asked us if we could present on a couple more topics – which went over really well.
And the manager & fellow bus nut Michael (pictured above in the hinge shot) hooked us up with a local craftsman to construct our dual desk office for the bus. It’s one of the last major interior remodeling projects on our list, and we had grown tired of sharing our temporary surface space.
After extensive planning, measuring and pondering, the new desk was installed last night – and we’re THRILLED with it. Especially considering we only just put out a call on our Facebook Page on Sunday to find a carpenter to build it during our upcoming routing. Ya know, that’s almost as good as Amazon Prime in delivery time.
Even more amazing is that it was custom handmade, and at an extremely reasonable price. We’ll eventually finish it out with a super spiffy paint job and two large screen computer monitors.
Before we leave, we’ll also have a fold-out table built that will serve as a multi-functional table space for dining, gaming, projects and entertaining guests. After that, the major remaining interior modification is re-apholstering the couch, chairs and valances in our ‘get rid of the pink’ mission.
Our Travel ‘Plans’ Forward
We’ll be leaving out of St. George sometime over the coming weekend and be heading eastward towards St. Louis, aiming to be there by mid-October.
Serendipity has not yet revealed what our route will be, so we’re open to suggestions and invitations. (Pssst… this means if you’re anywhere reasonably between St. George and St. Louis and have bus parking, re-apholstery talents, wifi, beer, hot tub and/or something else cool .. invite us over! – firstname.lastname@example.org )
One of the other major projects that we’ve been working on these past couple of weeks is a long overdue re-branding and re-design of this blog. So you may experience difficulty accessing our site over the coming days as we expect the normal hiccups when deploying a new design.
But don’t worry, while our look is changing, we’re not changing anything about our intent with this blog. It’ll remain a sharing of our personal journey of tech & travel without commercial endeavors aside from occasionally launching one of our mobile travel apps or such.
We look forward to debuting our new look to you shortly!