One of my concerns before getting on the road was wondering about a sense of community. Living in the same place for 30 years afforded lifelong friendships. Even though I didn’t have daily conversations with my friends, we would always pick up where we took off the last time we talked. There was someone nearby in case we needed something and vice versa. Would we have friendships like that on the road? Could we form meaningful friendships in such as short time? Our first week answered those questions with a resounding yes.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we had watched Patrick of The Paddy Wagon and many other YouTube channels before embarking on our trip. Vloggers like Patrick have a way of bringing viewers into their lives and forging a sense of a personal connection. He was interested in the same dreams we had, he was open and honest with his perspective, and he exhibited a personal integrity that drew us to him. While we loved watching his adventures, we realized the relationship was only one way. We knew who he was, but he didn’t have a clue about us. That changed over our stay at the Hilltop RV Park.
Patrick was warm and inviting and we had many conversations that deepened our friendship. It was clear that it wasn’t just a “fly-by-night, hello-how-are-you-goodbye kind of friendship. He was someone we would keep in touch with wherever we ended up in this beautiful country.
The video below is Patrick’s interview of Mike and me. I was self-conscious throughout the filming–not a comfortable undertaking for a shy introvert. As the interview progressed, I gradually relaxed. There may be a couple, family, or individual out there contemplating doing the same thing and they were at the exact point we were just three short years ago. If we could give advice to help someone along the way, it would definitely be worth it. It wasn’t about us, it was about extending our experience.
I look back and see everything we have accomplished over the last three years and still haven’t fully realized that we are finally living our dream. What is even more amazing is the sense of community is even stronger than ever via in-person meetings, watching YouTube, and reading blogs. I am looking forward to meeting more people on the road–sharing stories, experiences, advice, and forging deeper friendships. It was a blessing for us to meet Patrick right out of the gate. He eased us into this new world, and we are grateful to him.
We can’t wait to meet you during our travels. Even if we can’t meet in person right now, we can build the community virtually until our paths do cross. Keep in touch and know we are only a keyboard click away. Until then, safe travels wherever the road may take you.