We still haven’t left our boondocking location near Borrego Springs. We really intended to when our tanks needed attention.. really. We did. After all, we just know there are other amazing places to explore in the desert southwest.
But instead, we dumped and filled and came right back to our same exact spot. Well, actually 2 inches over – we can’t be that precise, now can we?
Why have we stayed? Well, this picture pretty much sums it up:
Today will mark 3 weeks since we pulled in, and it’s been non-stop social community with nomadic peers.
For the first week or so, we meet up with a lot of awesome folks – many of whom if you only looked at years of birth, you might think would be more suitable peers with our parents.
But we’re all nomads, and we share the love of the road, of adventure, of living life by conscious choice and of making every day count. There may be generational gaps, but we learned long ago that we’re cut from the same cloth and find plenty in common to laugh the night away. Heck, in 20 or 30 years, we can only hope we’re still as cool as many of our ‘elders’ we’ve been blessed to meet.
After bringing in the new year, Airstream after Airstream started rolling in – while aluminum isn’t magnetic, these tin cans sure do seem to attract each other.
Before we knew it, we were in the middle of another convergence, one that was pretty much unplanned and just kinda came together after a bit of social media magic (Instagram being the biggest social glue of this group.)
This time, instead of being the kids on the block – our ‘hood filled in with fellow Gen-X and Gen-Y full time nomads. Peers in lifestyle choice and age group .. something we don’t get to experience this level of abundance of too often.
Some solo, some coupled and some families. Some fellow tech geeks, photographers, investors, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and remote workers. And it’s extended further than Airstreams now having a couple van dwellers, a couple Class-As and even an awesome Earth Cruiser joined in for a bit.
No matter the age, it’s so darn inspirational to be around others who have decided to take their own leap in life and make it their own – despite whatever obstacles they may have had.
With this gathering, social time is now scheduled around work hours. We’re back in a community where cutting out to finish a work project or feeding the kids (or cat in our case) is perfectly understood and respected.
We all know we each need our time to get life done – we’re not on vacation, and nor are we retired with endless free time. There’s no need to apologize for not being able to have lingering conversations all the time.
In this week’s meet up, we can include:
AirstreamLife, Aluminarium, @asolojourner, @dreaknufken, @journeywithhappiness, Island Girl Walkabout, @kmpuccio, @malimish_airstream, @russhaynie, Rolling Recess, @sethkhughes, @theroamingpint, The Scenic Route, @toddmb, ToSimplify, @upintheairstream, VanTramp and WheelingIt.
(Those with @ symbols are on Instagram… you can find us at @cherie_technomadia and @radven. You can also follow this convergence with #BorregoNewYear2015. Or.. maybe you shouldn’t… because what happens in the desert definitely isn’t staying in the desert with this group.)
Folks are coming and going from our group every day, so I’m sure we’ll have new handles to learn.
When we have a group like this around us, how could we leave? So many new friendships made, and so many existing ones deepened.
We’ve had campfires, happy hours, fire dancing, outdoor movie night, karaoke, slot canyon hikes, Taco Tuesday and Soup Anarchy (a new take on ‘Stone Soup’ that evolved around several campfire evenings).
We don’t know when we’ll leave out for new locations. Even though our fresh water is now full, and our holding tanks empty – our social energy tanks are running right up to their capacity.
And the $8 dump fee at the nearby state park didn’t include filling extroversion tanks up.We do have more of that work stuff to get done that will require more concentrated time than we can muster in a distracting environment like this.
But for now, we’ll continue to soak it in. Spontaneous opportunities like this just don’t come around all that often. Serendipity has made it clear, this is where we’re meant to be at this moment.
Posts from our fellow nomads about this convergence:
- There’s No One Right Way To Fulltime RV – WheelingIt
- Soup Anarchy – Aluminarium
- Teeth – To Simplify
- Anza-Borrego Desert – Van-Tramp