We’re one week into the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) 2016 and I can honestly say it’s probably the best yet! The turn out has been huge (somewhere around 150 vandwellers/RVers) and like always the people are some of the best I’ve ever known! Every person I’ve met has been so kind, friendly and glad to be here among other like-minded nomads–but most of all, free from the work-grind and the rat race.
Of course, it’s easy to be happy and joyous when you’ve left the stress of modern life behind! Humans were born to live in the simplicity and freedom of nature, but our modern lives are 100% the opposite of that; no wonder we’re all so stressed, unhealthy and unhappy!! When you finally throw off societies yoke and begin to live with all the freedom, simplicity and nature-connection that vandwelling offers, your life will begin to change. Smiles become more common than frowns and contentment starts to dominate instead of frustration and anger.
So it’s no surprise to me that there are so many smiles and laughs here! Everywhere you go you’ll hear people talking with a smile in their voice and a laugh in their heart–it’s who vandwellers become at the core of their being. Life is no longer an endurance contest waiting for the “golden years” those times are here, now and very satisfying!
That’s all the more remarkable considering the somewhat poor weather we’ve had; even several days of clouds, wind and rain haven’t damped our spirits! Fortunately there were only a couple of days when everyone was forced inside and other than actual rain we’ve take every chance to get outside and be with each other. Now the bad weather has gone and all around camp little clumps of people will come together and visit and then they’ll dissolve and another one will form here and there as people mix and up and visit. Unless it was actually raining there has been a central campfire nearly every night (thanks to David who brought a whole bunch of oak firewood all the way from Tennessee) and there’s a whole bunch of happy noise coming from there!
At the first RTR we started the tradition of having two meals at each event, one a soup diner and the other a chili dinner. Everyone brought either a can of soup or chili or fresh ingredients for either one and threw it all in a pot and we saw what came out. It may sound terrible but it actually came out very well–except for one year when I scorched the chili. But as we’ve grown it’s really gotten too big for me to handle. While I am not a cook, even I could throw cans in a pot for 50 people but I can’t do it for 120 people–and not have it come out tasting good.
As a gift from the gods, last year a new member named Peter joined us and he just happened to be a professional chef who could take a bunch of cans and turn them into a gourmet meal for 100 people in the middle of the desert! So both last year and this year we did more than share a meal, we shared a truly excellent meal! Everyone was very generous with bringing caned goods and many fresh ingredients like diced vegetables and cooked meat. Beyond that we had many bake cornbread and bring it which elevated the meal to a whole other level.
All-in-all, everything has gone as well as it possibly could have and without any doubt it has been one of the best ones we’ve done yet. The only thing missing is you. So start planning right now to attend next year. That gives you a full year to plan your vehicle and escape route–I believe you’ll be very glad you did! See you then! Here is the page where you can get more information about RTR 2017 as it comes out. http://www.cheaprvliving.com/gatherings/
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