Friday, August 17, 2012


Tell the world about our delightful circle of traveling friends.

HOW BOUT THAT? Somehow documentary film makers heard of our caravan----drove here to Lake Heron State Park, NM to interview us----one at a time---and then in cluster.

Meet Michael Tubbs (left) and Aaron----- documentary team based in Stephen F. Austin College--Texas----setting up in my Kitchen.  Terrific professional team---they asked great questions---for more than an hour---gave me the space to have my say. 

Aaron inside Laurie's rig---he's 6 ft 4 in--and it shows here. The ladies soon had a nickname for him: HUNKOLA!

They pitched their tent and stayed the night.

Laurie in her hammock---not the least bit camera shy.

And I thought they were going to move into her famous "casbah".

Laurie was thrilled when the film maker asked to use the song she wrote for my birthday 'Between The Highway and Wind' in their documentary. See the behind the scenes shooting, mis-takes and all of the filming of the song here: 

Chris being interviewed.  She has an awesome story---I hope to tell it soon--a life of adventure---And she is better adapted to the road than anyone I've met---including me.

One day during a group conference in my rig---they asked to film it.  We obliged.

Then I took them down to meet our Mystic-in-temporary-residence Wayne Wirs. ( ) who lives (appropriately enough) in the nearby boondocks
Regretably he chose not to be interviewed---a shame because he is superbly articulate about his take on life.

Laurie serenades our guest in early morning song.

And after it's all over we gather to share impressions.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience---felt that the filmmakers were fair in their inquiry.  We all look forward to its screening --perhaps early next year.  Thanks to Bob Wells for the origional contact and for championing this lifestyle. ( )

RANDY COMMENTS: I told the camera that our caravan is designed to connect a special breed of traveler we call a hero journeyer (from the Joseph Campbell book HERO OF A THOUSAND FACES). People who feel called to wander into the "unknown" in quest of  adventure, personal fulfillment and expression.( Synopsis here )While we often travel alone we suspect that temporarily connecting can do wonders for our individual experiences---such as mutual inspiration ---multiplying our information---effectiveness --etc.
I believe that we hero-journeyers can create an entirely new culture----the pattern of which could be useful to the next million heroes to take to the open road.  We believe that "knotting up"---tribalizing----coming together is a basic human urge and need.

UPDATE: IN A FEW DAYS WE WILL BE LEAVING LAKE HERON STATE PARK AND MAKING OUR WAY TO EAGLES NEST STATE PARK, NM.  All who are interested in our venture are welcome to visit us there. 


Anonymous said...

Randy you need to drop everything and head to California

It's time

Grace said...

Hmmm... I don't think I've ever commented on your blog before.... but I've read the entire thing. Anyway, congrats on the film. That's pretty cool. Please tell Laurie that I really enjoyed her song. She has a lovely voice and a soothing guitar style.
Grace (in Tucson)

Boonie said...

The documentary is a good idea, but it's premature. I will be interested to see somebody who isn't already a friend come into the community and contribute, without feeling like an outsider or second-class citizen. Until that happens, there really is no community, just a group of friends camping together.

Wayne (Wirs) said...

@Boonie: I knew Randy but no one else in the group. I was made to feel more than welcome, even though my perspective on life is vastly different than theirs (and I'm about as social as you are I suspect - meaning I tend to prefer solitude with only occasional social visits).

But I do agree with you that the group still needs some work - needs focus. Part of the process.

Ash ley said...

Too cool! I'll be waiting anxiously for the film to be released

Sondra said...

I cant wait to see ya'll on the TV or Big cool is that? When we Over Think things its gets complicated. SO K.I.S. works for me. I would think so long as NO Pressure is placed to remold yourself, then its all good.

Anonymous said...

Is the movie going to be just about you guys or RVing in general and you're featured in it or?

In any case, I look forward to seeing it.

Female Van Dweller said...

Wow, I can't wait to see the video they make. That is so great the word is getting spread around and I think it will catch on. I sure hope to catch up with you guys this winter when you are in Quartzsite.

Trina said...

Randy you need to check out .Emily has passed. 8^(

Richard said...

Randy, your eccentricity, and that of your group, is especially romantic.R

Barbara and Ron said...

That's so cool. Is this to be a film or on TV or what? Is it something we all can view?

Susan said...

I am following your little group and the journeys you take, physically and mentally and spiritually, with great interest. I hope one day our paths will cross. I wrote the following on my facebook page today and I think you will understand this "longing" that I speak of.

Facebook entry, 8/25/12
Your longing is your calling— and no matter what it is, if you go with it, you’ll be guided, guarded, and assured of success.
-Louise L. Hay

What is your longing? I can remember, around the age of five or six, sitting in the backyard and holding my dog and praying "GOD, let me fly to other places." I thought if I prayed hard enough, it would happen. I had heard that Jesus could walk on water,
walk through walls, etc...why couldn't I fly? My desire to travel has been a constant in my life. I used to think of it as frivolous and not to be taken seriously. I don't anymore. It's part of who I am, a longing, a calling, perhaps you could even call it a job. I have begun to travel to other states and within the year to another country. I am taking this longing seriously. It's part of who I am. How about you? What is your longing? Are you taking it seriously?


Randy said...

"What is your longing? Are you taking it seriously?

Thanks Susan for that succinct title for a future entry.
It suddenly flashed in my mind---that summer day when I was twelve--on the banks of the Mississippi river with my father---when two canoeist paddledby and ask how far to Vicksburg. My father told them 22 miles. I was mesmerized by their adventure---and felt the yearning you speak of.

Susan said...

Randy, I'll look forward to hearing about other folk's longings. I am currently in trailer research mode. One more year and my youngest will be off to college and I can hit the road. I am taking my longing seriously and appreciate the inspiration that I receive from you and other wanderers.


Daniel Hopkins said...

Randy, enjoyed seeing you in the film and following your travels. I'm contemplating this lifestyle and wondered if you could tell me what your mobile internet hotspot was and what service you use for $35/month. Thanks and happy trails!

Randy said...

Daniel: It was verizon jetpack. Now I've upgraded to the $50--4 gb version.