I have to be honest. Florida is not my favorite state. It’s hot, muggy, buggy, spidery, traffic-y, and extremely people-y. However, there are a bunch of folks I love who live there, so we make trips to the Sunshine State quite often.
In RV life, we run into all kinds of people who become fast friends. It’s sort of like living in a sticks-and-bricks neighborhood, but the people next to us change often and the circle of connections becomes much larger. Once those friendships are made, social media makes it extremely easy to keep in touch with the location and activities of our friends.
For example, we crossed paths with Steve and Laura, from The Wandering RVer, three times in the last few months. After following one another’s blogs since we started full-time RVing, we accidentally met for the first time in Arizona (my post about our first in-person meeting is here, and her entry about the same meeting is here). We gathered together again in Texas after their exciting months in Alaska (please check out their Alaska adventures and photographs on Laura’s blog–they are AMAZING). During our stay in the nature coast of Florida this winter, Laura and Steve (along with her Dad, Mike) helped make the visit tolerable by sharing adventures and good food.
The photo above is a card front I made for Laura to thank her for the wonderful adventures while our paths intersected in Florida. I’ll have some blog posts coming up with photos of some of our misadventures, which includes manatees, gators, kayaks, and even a hippo.
Thank you, Laura and Steve, for reminding us that life on the road is not only filled with experiences we live individually, but how much those adventures are enriched when shared with friends and family. We learn this over and over in almost every spot we stay.
It’s here I’ll close with the phrase “Happy Manatees.” It’s an inside joke between Laura and me, but I promise it means love, robust laughter, and memorable times which bring a smile.
Do you find that RV life opens up more social interaction with our ‘neighbors,’ or do you find sticks-and-bricks a higher opportunity to forge ‘community?’
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