Saturday was an unstructured day, true to the vision of our spiritual leader, Yan. Everyone woke up, had coffee, and wandered off in different directions to explore the area, or just hung around and entertained themselves and each other. Nobody’s running around with a clock and a schedule organizing activities. People socialized, napped, and just did what comes naturally.
I got to meet and talk to several folks, including some new Roadtrek owners just getting adjusted to their vehicles. A mid-80s Versatile showed up with the original tan paint job – the owners had just downsized from a Class A a few days ago, and were delighted when we told them where the fresh water fill is (back door sill, driver’s side). They got very little information when they bought their unit, so there’s much discovery ahead for them.
Yan got busy selling the official get-together T-shirts, and also started a batch of his famous chili. When pressed for the recipe he demurred, saying he goes into a trance and the spirits guide him in ingredient selection – sounds like a dodge to me, but he’s our spiritual leader so there’s not much point in pressing him on this issue. The official T-shirts are a big hit. Sharon is a little thrown off, since I’m usually the only person within miles wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt, and she’s looking out the window at several such outfits on people wandering around, not all of whom can be me.
Nelda Lee and Jerry’s Roadtrek is a major socializing spot, just like last year. Here they are with Esther and Kitte, telling stories which Jerry assures me are 100% true. In the photo, Esther’s dog Amber is finally getting some well-deserved attention, the poor deprived thing. People are hanging out in small groups throughout the day, and the dogs are making the rounds too – we must have at least 20 dogs in attendance, and most are as eager to meet and greet as their owners are. Very few fights in either species were observed.
The pot luck dinner contributions well and enthusiastically attended, with everyone from both group campsites converging to hang out and chow down. Yan dispensed some words of wisdom, we all hit the buffet, and then all sat around enjoying the gathering evening and the companionship of fellow Roadtrekkers. We had a wide variety of excellent main courses, salads, and desserts. Many regional cuisines were represented.
For those of you who didn’t attend, there are a few T-shirts available, and you can still get these T-shirts from Yan – contact him via Facebook to see if he has your size. I also heard rumors of a third get-together, provided Yan receives appropriate spiritual guidance. I sure hope he does – the whole bunch of us had a wonderful weekend. Effortlessly and without excessive organization