Whenever we stay in the same place for more than a week I always worry about what I’ll possibly blog about. Especially when it’s somewhere that we’ve already been. I mean how many times can I share photos of Font’s Point at sunset…
the airstream at sunset…
and a giant ocotillo at sunset, before it becomes boring?
Lucky for me, and for all of you, just when I was sure I had exhausted all original blog topics, along comes a group of wacky RVrs to liven things up around here. I am pretty sure if we hung out with this group all the time I would never worry about running out of blog material. Although, how much of that I could actually share on my G-rated blog is questionable. KIDDDING! All joking aside, it’s been great for us to spend so much time with a group of RVrs who are not only fun and interesting, but also share a very similar lifestyle to us. By this I mean that almost everyone in the group spends their days (and sometimes nights) working. We’ve met all sorts of people out here on the road- retired, semi-retired, those who work full-time, those who work part-time, those who don’t need to work, those who are taking a break from work, families who road school, and occasionally even someone who is just plain vacationing. While we love meeting all these people, there’s definitely a special connection that happens among fellow RVrs who are not only committed to full-time travel, but are actively pursuing a financially viable, long-term lifestyle while living and traveling in an RV. Honestly, it’s quite inspiring to learn that there are so many of us out there.
Enough about all that work stuff though. Let’s talk about what we’ve been doing for fun around here. In addition to all the happy hour cocktails, shared food around the fire, and outdoor movies, we also managed to fit in a group excursion to the southern edge of the park. Ten of us piled into two vehicles and headed down the to an area called Fish Wash where we hiked up a short, steep hill to check out some very cool, wind sculpted sand caves.
As a bonus at the top we were treated to a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. That view was a little distorted by what was either haze, or dust from the hundreds of OHVs and jeeps that drive around out here.
Next we stopped for a quick jaunt through a cool slot canyon. Tim & I visited this same canyon last year with Leigh & Brian, but it’s one of those places that you could easily visit over and over again.
By far the highlight of the week was a jaw dropping show put on by fellow Airstreamers, Alex & Charon. These two professional performers treated us to a magnificent show that left us all gasping in awe. Don’t worry- they made us promise not to try any of this at home. The show started with Alex demonstrating the difference between a trick and a real act by pounding a long nail into his nose. That was the real part. Things got even more real when they both swallowed fire, and then Alex channeled his inner dragon by breathing a gigantic cloud of flaming gas into the desert sky.
They probably could have stopped there and we would have all been satisfied, but instead they moved onto the main event- sword swallowing. It was quite a sight to watch as they took turns swallowing swords of various sizes and thicknesses. As strange as it sounds, they actually made this seemingly impossible feat appear nearly effortless. I loved every minute of the show which managed to amaze, impress and frighten me all that same time. These two appear at nearly all of the Aluma Airstream events (Alumafiesta, Alumafandango, Alumapalooza , etc) and I would highly recommend seeing this performance if you get a chance. You should also check out Charon’s website, OddAngel.
In addition to all of this, we were also joined last weekend by Leigh, Brian & Curtis. We always love hanging out with this terrific trio, and have already enjoyed several evenings of drinks, deserts and good times. More about that next time. For now, here’s a photo of our new spot a couple hundred feet away from our old spot. Can you spot Leigh & Brian in the background?