On The Road

Campgrounds and RV parks remind me vaguely of a gypsy camp. People come in from the road throughout the afternoon. They’ve been driving from who knows where, from every direction, but they all know to come here, hook up to power and water, do laundry, go grocery shopping, visit with new people, and share stories. It’s interesting to see people doing the same basic things in so many different ways.

After we get settled, we usually take a walk around the park to look at other people’s set ups. What kind of truck do they have? RV, tent trailers, tow vehicles, etc., it’s all very interesting and each has its positives and negatives. People’s rigs reflect the kind of people they are, the kind of traveling they do, but the common denominator is that it’s all mobile, we can all be back on the road in a few minutes.

We talk with people, compliment their pets, ask where they are from and where they are headed. It’s short term community. A friend of mine once told me that camping was just pretending you were homeless for a few days. I thought it was a funny way to think of it, but it’s kind of true in a way. The reality is that it’s so much more. To me, it’s remembering our ancient nomadic past, an echo of our pre-agricultural eras.

Humans weren’t always so sedentary. Before we invented farming, humans used to travel constantly to head to a better climate or a better food source. We owned nothing, we stayed nowhere. I’m not feeling nostalgic for those days, by any means. The invention of farming allowed humans to stay in one place, build communities, and eventually invent the smart phone with unlimited data and excellent coverage, so that we could leave all our stuff behind and hit the road for fun! I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Camping in all its forms, from tents and gear packed in the back of a Subaru to a full-size house bus with a tow vehicle, reminds us that we can live with less than we have at home, that we can pack up some of our stuff and leave. The longer we live in our smaller, mobile space, the more we learn what is really important and/or actually needed.

Staying in the same place, with the same people, while beneficial in many ways, weighs us down. We become accustomed to it, even like it, but we start to think it’s the only way and should always stay the same. But life can’t always be the same. We’re forcing ourselves into a mold we can’t even see. We become bored and weighed down a little at a time and don’t even know it, until something shakes us and then we have to adjust, sometimes painfully.

To keep our bodies reasonably fit and ready for action, most people would say consistent, daily exercise is far better than suddenly having to run for your life. The same goes for our mental health and growth. When we deliberately choose to move out of the familiar space to see new things and meet new people, we waken something in us that we bring back home. It renews our thinking, planning, expanding brain, and makes life better back at home.

Traveling is one thing, but camping and rv-ing are different. Something about being on the road at a slow pace, coming to a common resting area, and gathering for a short time only to move on again in the morning, just does something for me. It feeds a spot in my soul that I didn’t know needed to be filled. I gain so much every time I go out.

We all know humans started as hunter/gathers, but agriculture helped us to stay in one place and thrive like never before. We are more than we once were. We do more. We create more. Camping, maybe, allows us to go back in time and relive the old ways in new ways to remind us what we have. We go out heavy and return light, back to a our home base where we continue to grow long after our return.

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Sunday

Well…so much for keeping up. I’ve just never been the consistent type. Even when I have a list in front of me, a schedule to keep, it never gets completed, even if it’s short. I just can’t seem to stay on a schedule.

School was the worst! The same classes, the same days, over and over and over.

My work was awesome! When I worked at Knott’s or Disney, the show or venue changed seasonally. Here’s the funnier part…wait for it…I also don’t like change. It makes me nervous. “Special kind of nuts,” that’s what my kids say. A human that is anxiety ridden when things are different or unfamiliar but gets bored easily! That’s why the entertainment jobs fit me so perfectly: same venue, similar crew, different show, different schedule.

Come to think of it, one of the first reasons that I didn’t send my kids to school was because I couldn’t imagine all of us doing the same thing every day. Get up at the same time, get ready for school, drive there, homework…just kill me now! Homeschooling fixed that. And unschooling made it even better!

That’s it…it’s not me! It’s schedules. They suck!

But…I have to consistently make time for things I want to do, don’t I? I make time to read and work in the yard every day. Hmm…Maybe I have too many things on my “daily essentials” list. My days, weeks, and months can’t be too similar. I’m going to have to look at that.

Maybe make a list!

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“Amor Fati” people! Love Fate! Gotta love Mark Manson’s latest!
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Some days I just want to live like this dog!
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Yard work here isn’t about getting it done, it’s about enjoying doing it. It’s a morning meditation!