Bob and Suanne on a You Tube Video talking about
Homes On Wheels Alliance's Emergency Fund for Nomads. 8/19
An amazing rock formation called "Feathers," hundreds of feet tall
over a campground at Frenchman's Coulee in Washington State.
Found while scouting for Caravan locations, 7/19.
In addition to the above efforts, HOWA has an active Caravan Program, where those in the mobile community can meet up and camp with others. Furthermore, we are deep into the planning of the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, large gatherings where we expect at least 9,000 people who attend to learn and build community together in the Desert Southwest in January.
A dirt road in New Mexico, amazing views while scouting
Caravan locations, 3/19.
When I decided to take the Executive Director's position, I knew my life would radically change. I fully expected that I would get back into working long hours and take an active leadership role. I also knew that this position would require me to become a public figure. That's been a transition as an introvert who had previously preferred to lead an unobserved life. Although I'll continue to grow in this role, I'm accepting its changes and challenges.
I love being in my Prius during a rain, the sound on my roof.
Here is the location of our last Minivan Build (across the way), 6/19.
My skin is growing thicker. I'm ignoring the haters and listening to helpful critiques. Most importantly, I'm focusing on those who I want to help.
Full-time nomading, aka vanlife, vandwelling, rving, is coming into its own in the media. For example, Bob was recently interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, a couple of documentary film makers are sharing a camp with a Caravan right now, and a major motion picture about this lifestyle is in post production. Who would have thought! I'm glad for the publicity.
|Taking a nice break in a forest at sunset in Western Washington State, 7/19.|
For all of the camping lifestyle's inconveniences, the benefits -- being in nature, traveling the backroads, sharing campfires among friends, and its affordability -- make it a way of living that I want to promote. It's the antithesis experience to our society's consumerism, turmoil, distrust, and readiness to fight. Here, I have the freedom to just to be. Here, I've found like-minded others. Here, I embrace myself. And, if I don't like "here," I've got the wheels to move.