People keep asking what we are most looking forward to on our trip, and that a hard question to answer, because there is no one thing. There will of course be amazing sights to see, food to eat, and adventures to be had. There will also be the much anticipated freedom of no set schedule or structure to our days. But one constant highlight that I am already realizing will be with us, no matter where we park our home, is interesting people!
If our little campground in Golden is at all representative of the greater RVing world, we are in for a treat. Everyone we have met seems to have a different story as to why they are here, and we are just enjoying how chance connections unfold. Last week a tour bus pulled up next to us with a rock band from NYC (shout out to Makuta, pictured above), and we went from chatting in the campground to cheering them onstage at the Gothic Theater! We’ve met a tattoo artist who travels around doing guest residences at studios, a couple who shares their motorhome with a 90 pound pig named Frank, young folks who are working here in Denver and looking for an alternative to expensive home prices, and everyone in between. Some campers are like us, spending the whole winter here, but there are a surprising number of people on the move, with big rigs coming and going daily. The only true constant seems to be the dedicated group of winter camper caretakers that keep the park running, while sharing their advice and expertise on things like how to keep your water lines from freezing!
Interestingly it all blends together to create a real sense of community. I was just commenting to Scott the other day how we have met and talked to more “neighbors” here in the park over the past month than we did in the almost 5 years we lived in our house. It was sort of a sad revelation, about how easy it is to fall into a busy routine and not make time to get to know more of the people around you. I think it will prove to be one of the greatest adventures of our trip, just having time to talk and listen to the people who happen to pull up next door.