When we bought our first rv, we were excited to discover a new way of travel, and another way to see this beautiful country
Granted, our rv was not new, in fact it was pretty old, but we loved it and it served us well for 5 years. We made several cross-country trips, and some short ones, each one had its unique experience or adventure. This was all new to us, but we embraced the journey and enjoyed all the experiences we encountered.
I recall, driving down the road in our old rv on our first long journey, seeing the large rv’s pulling the matching vehicle behind. We marveled at how big they were and that their pulled vehicle sometimes was a Hummer!. We could not imagine how much it cost to drive all that. We rattled on down the road in our little rv happy to join the other travelers.
Pulling in to a campground one evening, we plugged in and hooked up the water, ready to enjoy ourselves, when I looked a few spaces over and saw ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE! There it was, big with matching car- a Jeep, I think, and matching lawn chairs and ground mat, a satellite dish and all things fancy. I felt like we didn’t belong, maybe we were in the wrong park, we didn’t have the “right” rv. I looked around and saw everything from the basic tent to pop up trailers to rvs like ours and the big guys with the matching everything. I went back inside our little rig and commented to my husband about what I saw. I loved his response; ” they may have all that stuff, but we are all at the same park enjoying the same sights”
The next evening was July 4th, the park was in an ideal spot to see the towns firework show. That evening, as all the campers brought their lawn chairs out to the grassy spot, I watched as everyone enjoyed a really great firework show. At the end, the group wandered back to their spots, happy with the evenings show. What I noticed then, was that most people went back to the fire pits to roast marshmallow’s and enjoy the rest of the evening, except for “those people”. I noticed that those people had retreated back to their fancy rigs to watch tv or whatever they had in there. We chose to join the group and spend the rest of the evening with conversation and meeting other people.
As time went on, and many of our trips concluded, it was time to sell our little rv. For a couple of years after, we found that we really missed it and decided to buy another one. After lots of saving and planning and searching we found one! Funny thing was though, we have become ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE! We bought the BIG rig. We don’t have the matching car but we have some of the “stuff”
I didn’t really realize we became those people until the first night in the campground with our new rig. We pulled in, hooked up and I l looked around at the few other campers already there. We were the biggest. I still didn’t feel like those people, we are happy to talk with others, we like the campfire and meeting people from other places. I kept noticing, people would walk by and we would get that sideways glance- like they were afraid to approach us. Would we judge them because they were there in a tent? Absolutely not. We are nice, really.
After a little while some people approached us and began chatting. How big is that? What kind of gas mileage do you get? Mind if we take a look, we’ve never seen one like that. We are always happy to invite people in, we love to talk and share stories. We may look like Those People, but we are here, just like everyone else to enjoy the beautiful country we live in.
For all you travelers out there, enjoy the countryside, but hang out at the fire pit, roast a marshmallow, share a story.