It’s hard to believe we’ve now past the midway point in our 2-month stay in Cedar Key. The time is going by so fast.
Despite some unusually chilly temperatures for Florida this winter, our group here is glowing in the warmth of community. It seems every day we have someone new pull in, either joining us for a while or just stopping in for a quick visit. I’ve now lost count of how many folks have joined us here – it’s well over 30 RVs.
While our social energy is often running near empty and we have to consciously carve out isolation time – we’re loving it. This is exactly the sort of stuff we’ve craved in our years on the road.
An opportunity to really connect and make new friends … and help share information.
And it’s had me giving thought to how we can make convergences like this happen more often, without it becoming work.
We’ve attended a lot of RV-centric gatherings in our years on the road – festivals, rallies, gatherings, theme camps and convergences. We’ve even fantasized about hosting a rally of our own, with focused talks relevant to those of us running businesses and working on the road.
But most RV Rallies tend to be a more hyper focused for a shorter time period of a few days. There’s a solid start and end date, a schedule of events running all day and every day. The events can be wonderful and informative, but there’s little time left over for really connecting with people.
And having done my time as an event organizer, I know how much work goes into running such an event.
And that’s not what this winter has been for us. We just generally announced our arrival and departure dates, and others started booking up spots in the area to join up. We never said ‘We’re hosting an event – come join us!’
Cedar Key is just the right place to attract the right people.
The dynamics of the group changes on an almost daily basis as folks move in and out of the area.
There was also no pre-scheduled events. But yet, we’re abundant in them. The group adjusts to planning events as they’re desired.
From potlucks, bartender wars, movie nights, music jams, tiki bar sunsets, kayaking adventures, RV tours and experiencing local events. But there’s never an expectation, personal time and non-group time is always respected (although, it can be difficult to resist temptation to participate in everything.)
And as things turned out, our group ended up having a lot of newer-to-the-road nomads joining us.
So we’ve also been hosting some topic focused discussion groups to create a time & space for idea sharing and education. Earlier this week the topic was Working on the Road, and soon we’ll be having some topics like Choosing a Domicile, Quick RV Meal Prep, Boondocking Tips and Favorite RVing Gadgets.
This is the style and balance of socializing & education that suits us quite well. Informal. It’s more like an Un-conference… or maybe an Un-Rally.
And we didn’t have to plan it, schedule it, book a park, collect fees, book speakers, arrange catering & entertainment – or any of that stuff.
And that’s what makes a convergence different from a rally. It just happens.
A bunch of like minds end up in the same place at the same time, and wonderful things happen. Ya know, like serendipity.
And because we’re not super busy running the show, we actually have time to soak it all in and connect with community here. Not as organizers, but as fellow peers on the road. We like that.
We like that a lot.
And of course, this is all on top of the project we’re working on that is absolutely lighting us up and keeping us super busy. We’re so excited about it, and can’t wait to reveal what we’re up to. Soon.
And with that thought.. I leave you with some more Cedar Key sunsets.