As I venture out further into the great unknown I find myself pondering over how I want to proceed. Should I join a specific, formal type group with a label such as WIN – Wandering Individuals Network, LOWS – Loners on Wheels, Escapees Escapees RV Club, Escapers. There are also caravans set up on cheap rv living with specific locations and time frames to literally just show up at your leisure. Or should I just go it alone?
The first three months of ‘New Beginnings’ in my ‘Serenity Sedan’ was completely a solo move. I had no real life friends in this new lifestyle; just cyber ones. The facebook groups were my support. In the early morning hours or late at night I would plug in to connect with other like minded people. My social needs were being met. At least for the time being while I lived and worked in various cities.
My biggest desire beyond abolishing a renter’s life style was to meet a new tribe of ‘real’ not cyber friends. That desire was met at two back to back gatherings- Women’s Rubber Tramp Rendezvous and the massive Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. Part timers, full timers, from every state on the map plus Canada in every kind of rig possible were present. My heart was full. Once these gatherings were over; 10,000 people dispersed.. alone, joined a group, a caravan, or headed back to a home base.
After the two huge meet ups (WRTR and RTR) I spent five days in the desert on BLM land alone. It felt amazing as I took the opportunity to decompress from workshops, seminars, an abundance of people and conversation. The quiet air and simplicity of daily life without an agenda was a good change. Being proactive with Say It Display It business, my you tube channel Serene and Simple Life looking for seasonal work and working alone at the library gave me a great sense of being productive and purposeful.
I met Jann in person at the RTR. We had connected on facebook months ago. Her and I made a loose plan to stay in the immediate area separately for a few days after the RTR then head out together to meet up with Debbie at the single’s group; WIN for a couple days. From there we would head to Slab City, CA. where Randy (a nomad for 42 years) and his group named ‘Friends of Bob’ is residing. Our upcoming plan is to check out a formal caravan from cheap rv living in another week or so. They reside on BLM land for two weeks at a time then moves 25 miles away to the next location.
First I want to revisit solitude again for a few days. Bob Wells- founder of cheap RV living is doing video shoots of different kinds of home set ups in all kinds of rigs next week. I’m planning to join in the fun to share my home with him and his staff. He has a massive following on his you tube channel where over this next year he will be posting these videos. Cheap RV Living – You Tube
For the last week Jann and I have been socializing with plenty of down time in between. We visited gorgeous sand dunes, hung together at camp fires, participated in a huge pot luck and dance in the desert. I went on a tour of Salvation Mountain and East Jesus with some of Randy’s group while Jann chose to stay behind. Seeing new things and having people you know around to share in the excitement is way more fun to me than going it alone. Another one of my favorite parts of big gatherings is meeting people from everywhere, from all walks of life and sharing stories. The community meals within our little neighborhood at the RTR were some of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time. In the week alone I was back to the simplicity of tuna packs, snack attacks, lunch on the run and soup.
I’ve decided in another week or so I will head out into the great unknown without being plugged into a group or caravan. It feels right to me in this first year of new beginnings. I no longer have an internal conflict about choosing a solo journey. I’m experiencing clarity and peace instead. It seems there are pros and cons to everything. I feel that God is calling me to serenity and solitude.. It is a desire of mine to be more in tune when He speaks, listening and paying closer attention to what His will is for me in 2019.
In May I will start working and engaging with others as a camp host. At that juncture I will once again move in and out of company with people and being alone. It will provide the balance I need.. to be filled up in the presence of others to learn and grow then retreating to my own company. Being alone provides necessary re-grouping and re-charging time though it also helps me to simply quiet my inner noise and my outward chatter!
One day at a time.. open to whatever God has in store for me and where He would guide me on down the road.