Thursday, April 16, 2015
SOLITUDE-----SOCIALIZING----HOW MUCH IS RIGHT---FOR ME
THINK I'LL EXPERIMENT A BIT. FIRST, I'LL JOIN A SOCIAL SWIRL---MY MOBILE TRIBE/FRIENDS---THE WINs. (Wandering Individual's Network: rvsingles.org) I know where they are. And after that I'll go do some solitude.
My mobile tribe is down there---Lake Roosevelt, Az.
I arrive about 4pm when they gather for "circle"---share the events of the day--discuss anything that needs discussing.
Then, this night at 7 we gather for a movie---courtesy of Joanne who'se rig contains a pop out movie/TV screen.
One of our people is demonstrating his latest toy--an electric scooter.
One day I went sightseeing with a companion. This bridge is famous for something---I forget what.
The Lake is the main water supply for Phoenix.
That's Roosevelt Dam.
often we gather around a fire and chat.
Sometimes plan a pot luck.
Eat together.These are wonderful people and good friends.
A private gathering for a special interest.
THEN ONE DAY----DRAMA. A rattler wandered to the doorsteps of a nice lady.
Some brave guy put a pot over it. Some insecure lady put a heavy stone on the pot.
Then someone called for a hero.
He conquered---compassionately---walking the creature a quarter mile away--releasing it unharmed.
My friend Jon showed up with his new super compact camper---a Ford Transit cargo truck--beautifully engineered for comfortable, stealthy, economical travel. I fell in love---I want one--I could span the nation--sleep almost anywhere--undetected. (Inspiration --one of the benefits of the social swirl)
From the rear --pull out stove on the left --fold down work space
looking in the side door --bed on top--etc
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: All in All---this is the finest RV travel group in America. (maybe you can join them. Google and inquire for details) For more than 20 years they have polished their culture---discovering where to go--how to relate. And it is very inexpensive to camp with them. This beautiful campground cost only $3 per night. Many of their camping places are free. I have camped with them on and off for 20 years. Members are free to come and go at will. Their 6 month circuits stops are published on the internet.
The downside to the social swirl is burnout. The attraction of group activity is strong and ----not wishing to miss anything---you push yourself----until---you begin to crave downtime---even solitude..
NEXT UP: I'LL TRY A SPELL OF SOLITUDE IN THE MOUNTAINS.---see what that does to me and discover my personal balance.