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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meeting New Friends You've Known For A Long Time

With all the drama of our house sale (almost) behind us, with the exception of having to file two additional documents with our Home Owners Association (and to think I have to pay dues for the privilege of being hassled by them), it was time for Marti and I to take a break from all the little details we have made lists of to get done.


For years I've been reading RV full timer blogs to absorb as much knowledge as I could about the full time lifestyle.  There are tons of RV blogs out there, some really interesting, some mediocre and others that make plain vanilla ice cream seem like the most flavorful taste ever known.

Every now and then, you come across a blog that is a stand out, that is just a pleasure to read and after each post, you feel that you've had a great visit with an old friend.

One of these standout blogs is Because We Can.  I've been reading this blog written by a full timing couple for over five years now.  The cool thing is it's a "two-fer", because the better half of this couple writes a "Cliff Notes" version called, what else?  Because We Can II.

Bob and Linda retired and hit the road full time back in 2005 and have traveled all over the U.S.  They have a great outlook on life, their blog is full of fun, great information and a positive outlook.  After reading their blog(s) almost from the start, I felt I knew them very well, even though we had never met.

That changed when I read they were coming to our area and even staying at our favorite campground, Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA.  I sent them an email and after some back and forth plans, we got together last night for dinner.  What a great time we had with them.


Their blog has been an encouragement and an inspiration to us as we've been making our plans to full time.  After a too short time spent with them, we've been reassured that all the "fun" we've gone through to begin our journey will be worth it.  Because We Can.

We've already made plans to meet in Quartzsite, AZ in January.  New friends we've known a long time, now we're glad we finally got to meet them!

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

19 comments:

  1. One of the very best things about this life style is actually meeting long time blog friends. One of the other best things is knowing that you are going to meet these people again on the road.

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  2. Thanks for sharing their link -- I enjoy seeing what other RVers are doing and how they're doing it! :)

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  3. Great that you got to meet a couple that you have been following for so long.

    Watch out for the naked bookseller in Quartzite:)

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  4. It's a beautiful thing, Bloggyland!
    So happy you've made a great connection and learned from their experiences. I hope to meet some of y'all someday too. K

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  5. So great to meet like minded friends of the road. And even better when they're folks who've inspired you. Thanks for the blog link.

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  6. It really is fun to finally meet bloggers you've been following. You always have something to talk about. One of these days we'll actually get to meet you and Marti .. I hope.

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  7. Paul and Marti, It was great to meet you folks last night. We had a wonderful time and looking forward to meeting you two in Quartzsite in January!

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  8. like the little red engine that could!..yes you can and you will!!!
    great to meet fellow bloggers!!

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  9. Wonderful story. That's what it's all about. Inspiration to get you where you want to be :)

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  10. What fun! We'll probably be going to Quartzsite too, along with 100,000 other RVers.

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  11. We also have followed their blog and enjoy it so much. Glad you finally got to meet. The full-time journey has introduced us to so many wonderful people!! It is a wonderful way to live:o))

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  12. Meeting bloggers that you've read for years IS a good thing!

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  13. We are a little behind on reading blogs the past couple of days. Glad to see everything is coming together for you and Marty. We are happy for you, and that you did not have to go to plan 2. We have been following your Blog for at least the past year and find your Blog like Bob and Linda's one that also stands out and as you said feel like we know you even though we have never met.

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  14. Maybe we could have a big blogging get-together in Quartzsite. Glad to hear you are coming out West.

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  15. According to me lifestyle is the only thing which is just like meeting our friend for a long time, some things are unexpected to meet in future as like our friends whom we meet in road .Surely you had been having great fun at the time of journey.I think it would be anxious moment you had with your long time friends.
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  16. According to me lifestyle is the only thing which is just like meeting our friend for a long time. as we meet our longtime friend in road we feel so excited, the same excitement we feel with lifestyle.some things are unexpected to meet in future as like our friends whom we meet in road. Surely this one moment has changed your whole life and also you have lots of fun at the time of journey. I think,it would be anxious moment that you had with your long time friend. Thanks for sharing your views and information regarding new friends and long time friends.
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  17. According to me lifestyle is the only thing which is just like meeting our friend for a long time. when we meet to long time friend on road that makes us excited same way is about life style. Proper lifestyle makes so excited as our long time friend. Surely it was anxious moment for you that you had with your long time friend at the time of journey and definite you had lots of fun with your long time, a friend does not exist for a long time with you but one thing which exist for a long time is your life style.Thanks, for sharing your views and thought regarding new friends and long time friends.
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  18. Auh, it's good to know that you made some of those blogs your inspiration in life. You also inspire others without you noticing it. Good luck with life, and I hope you inspire more people with all of your blog posts. :)

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