Well, here we are a week into the 5th annual Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, and just like every year, I have to say it’s the Best One Yet!! I know I say that every year, but this times it’s true! Oh, wait, I also said that every year!Just when I think they can’t get any better, they do!
But, it’s not a competition, all that matters is that it works, and this year it’s working very, very well. We have by far the largest group ever, I don’t keep count but if I did I would guess it was well into triple digits. And everyone is so friendly and helpful I can’t describe it! Just this week alone I saw a gas tank dropped an a new fuel pump installed, a new starter put in and a new steering box installed. And that’s just the big jobs, there have been many, many small jobs accomplished for people.
Plus, at the many seminars new vandwellers are learning things they need to know to make their new lives the best they can be. We cover basic topics that will hopefully answer some of their questions and prevent them from making some of the easy mistakes we all make. Nearly everything I know I gained from doing it wrong first (sometimes more than once!) then finally figuring it out. One of our main goals here is sharing that hard won knowledge and experience so others can avoid the blunders we made.
But best of all friendships are being formed and connections made that lets everyone know they aren’t alone in living this strange new life and that there are others out there that will be there for them and have their back. It’s incredibly gratifying to me to see so many people coming together and bonding because I know how important friendships are to me in living this life.
If at all possible, you should start planning now for how you can make it here next year, you’ll be glad you did!