Our little gathering of Nuwa Hitchhiker RV’s has blossomed. First, there was just David/Hannah/Hobbie and I. Then, Bill & Elysa. A day later, Rick & Virgie and Jim & Ginny. Judy & Howard came in their SOB (some other brand), and rightfully parked behind our group. And then, with the end of the Blythe Bluegrass Festival, a flood of HH’s (Hitchhikers) came: Jeff, Debbie, Randy & Sharon, Sallie & Mike,…it probably topped out at 12 rigs. That doesn’t sound like a lot, especially when I look at the count of the rigs at the Escapee’s Boomerville – 113 as of yesterday!
What this does equate to is fun talks, a little wine around the campfire, catching up with where everyone has been since we last gathered in 2014, and the guys getting together to talk solar, LED, propane heaters, etc.
This socializing was interrupted today by 20-25 mph wind gusts. Even when it is 65-70 degrees, no one wants to be sandblasted around the chat circle. So, there weren’t too many people out today.
David and I had a busy morning. We had a job interview with a campground in Bar Harbor, Maine at 7:30 am AZ time. It was tough to get up and not sound croaky. All of the talking we did at the booth for 3 days straight left us both a little raspy, and then we were chatting with Kathie from the moment we picked her up, until we went to bed. So, I had barely enough time to make some chai tea and get the phone plugged in and the interview started! That was a one hour 45 minute interview! I had no idea it would go so long, and it was a positive experience, but wow! We came out of it with the ball in our court, and offered a job for the summer. We have some thinking to do, that is certain.
After that, it was the usual morning routine – oatmeal, coffee, visit with the neighbors, etc. We found out that Kathie froze in her little trailer – not enough blankets for the drop to 46 degrees last night. And her smoke detector went off around 1:30 am because it needed a new battery. Poor thing. She was already sleep deprived and off her game after having a full day of travel. An afternoon nap was on her agenda!
We were expecting another call from a second potential summer employer, but we didn’t have a set time. This made us want to stay near the rig, so we started cleaning and organizing. After having Hannah here for a month, we definitely needed to put things back into their place, and to load her car up with the items she left behind. A trip to her storage unit in San Diego will occur before we head to Texas/Tulsa sometime in April. But for now, life is tidy and organized once again.
A buddy we made at Amazon, Mike, was camping with the Escapee’s Solos group, who happen to be parked near by. As you can imagine, the Solos are people who travel as individuals, either by design or choice. Mike and his friend Joel walked over to meet Kathie and to take her back with them to show her their set up and gathering. The wind was keeping most of their lot inside as well, but Kathie got to have a nice walk and a visit with RV’ers, who really are very social creatures. I did feel like I was sending a lamb off to the wolves, though. I could tell that both men were jockey for Kathie’s attention. She was the belle of the ball. She came back, took her nap, and ended up going back over there for their group dinner.
We had our second interview of the day, and were VERY excited about the opportunities presented to us. I can’t say more until I make some phone calls tomorrow. Then you will be excited with us!
Dinner was flatbread pizza – yes, I call it pizza regardless if it is or not, you pizza aficionados. I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat lavash bread as my base. Mixed chopped garlic in tomato sauce, and smeared it all over the bread. Topped it with spices, mushrooms, kale, freshly made caramelized onions (thanks for the suggestion, Sharon!), sundried tomatoes, olives, and nutritional yeast. It was yummy! Sorry, no pictures, as we ate it before I remembered to take a snap.
I also missed the sunset since I was cooking, so I stole this sunset picture from the facebook page of the Escapees Boomers. Photo credits to Mike Clouse, whoever you are.
And before I wrap this up, let me tell you that Hannah arrived safely, and was greeted by the University of Sunderland welcome wagon. She has six flatmates: two guys from Germany, one guy from Australia, one guy from France, one girl from New York, and one girl from Georgia. She has her own bedroom, but I don’t know what the restroom setup is. We are communicating through the “What’s App” application so far. Tomorrow is her first day of orientation, and since she is 7 hours ahead of us, her day is done when ours is starting, so there should be time for a nice chat each day or two.
For us, tomorrow will be a day of exploring Quartzsite with Kathie. We hope to meet up with our friend Linda, too. Should be a lovely day!
I’m glad that we could have this chat,