I’m writing this on Monday January 19th and tomorrow is the last day of the RTR. These are very busy times for me so I’m running behind on blog posts on the RTR itself, that’s what today and the next few will be.
My main goal for the Rendezvous is to create a tribe, a community of like-minded people who have chosen to live free and mobile. Unfortunately, many of us allow the fear of the unknown and especially of loneliness to keep us from following our hearts true desire. My intent is to create a group of mobile people that gather to support each other–especially for the newcomers who are just starting out. It’s a great joy to me to see peoples confidence and knowledge grow as they make friends and ask each other questions and, most importantly, find solutions to the problems they’ve been facing. Whatever difficulty you’re facing, chances are someone here has faced it too.
We hold seminars and classes most days to answer peoples questions, but by itself that doesn’t build community, and community is every bit as important to the new vandweller as knowledge. The best way to build community is over food so one thing we do often is eat together! Above you can see some photos of the potato bake hosted my Donna and Mark. They are a full-timing couple who are wonderful, caring and generous people–and pretty good cooks too. Last year at Ehrenberg they hosted the New Years eve dinner where they baked up a delicious ham in their cast iron Dutch Oven which was simply incredible! They also did a potato bake at lasts year RTR, so they generously did it again this year. As always it was amazing. Every potato was done perfectly and people had brought virtually every kind of a topping you could possibly want. A great time was had by all!
It was a huge success as always. Thanks for everything you do Mark and Donna!
What goes in must come out! So every year I set up a potty tent for those still in cars and tents. With so many of us in a small space there’s limited privacy so having somewhere to go away from everyone else’s eyesight is a necessity! The tent works out well!
At every gathering I do announcements and that includes things people are selling, projects and repairs they need help with and even businesses or services they have to offer. My good friend Kyndal does haircuts every year so this has become my annual, once-a-year haircut and beard trim. Ain’t I purrrty!! Of course Cody is so beautiful he steals the show. Big ham dog!
One thing that sets the desert apart from everywhere else is the continual, stunning sunrises and sunsets! Every day I plan a walk at about sunset so I can be outside and in a position to see what the sunset is going to be like, and amazingly often, it is fantastic!
After this years RTR I’ll be moving back to Ehrenberg camp and many people from here will join me there; all are welcome! To help you find the camp I’m including the next three maps :