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« 39 Floors Above Vegas | Main | Learning on the Road »

Kindred Spirits

One of our favorite things about life on the road is the people we meet along the way. And Las Vegas was no exception.

The reason we were in Vegas was to install a veggie oil system in "Benny the Brave". An added bonus was that we REALLY liked Benny's owners :) We had so much fun with Justin, Tara (AKA The Organic Sister), and Zeb...and we had lots of time to get to know them better.

It turns out that Matt and Justin have very much the same personalities (laid back, fixers)...and Tara and I do as well (type A, planners). Justin is a finish carpenter by trade and Tara is a fabulous photographer and has dreads! Let's just say we were never lacking in things to talk about! We made a great team. And even though Zeb is older than Bella, they had fun hanging out as well.

They are a fellow unschooling family...and we were so inspired by watching how they live that out in daily life. Both Justin and Tara are passionate about "life learning" and it's contagious when you're around them. Tara's blog has so much information and is a really fun sure to add it to your blog list if it's not there already!

Good times at California Pizza Kitchen...

Sara and Tara spent many days at the park with the kids and friends...

Zeb teaching Bella a new game...

Matt and Justin workin' hard on the veg system...

Enjoying friends at the going away party...

Two families on the road! We have plans already to meet up again somewhere down the road...we'll be counting the days!

Benny the Brave is lookin' sure to go to the gallery and watch the video below to see the renovations!

Here is a little interview and tour of the RV that I did with Justin and Tara...

Come check out more photos of their new home and their party in this photo gallery.
All photos available for comment on Flickr here.


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Reader Comments (13)

One of the beautiful results of homeschooling is that the kids don't limit themselves to friends their own age. At Luke's blacksmithing workshop, his best friends were a 70+ year old couple. Homeschoolers learn to see the people, not their age.
Love your new blog!!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen.

My world is getting far smaller and I LOVE it. Although my wife and I are not nomadic (yet, we hope) we find great satisfaction from our simple living and our support of families like yourself. I have been following an interacting with y'all as well as Tara for some time now and last year hosted the Harris family of Cage Free Family here in middle Georgia (which of course y'all are welcome to stop here as well...anytime).

Blessings to y'all. I love the new blog, love the interviews and, of course, love the pictures! Be encouraged!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Odom

Looks like loads of fun in Vegas! I hope to meet both of your families soon. ;)

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Thanks so much for everything! Until next time!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Tara

Jen...I know, and I LOVE that! We've stayed with many homeschooling families and found this to be true.

Andrew...we'd be honored to come and stay with you sometime!! So fun that you were able to meet Cage Free. They're awesome. We spent a few days with them in Minnesota and I would love to meet up again.

Jennie...we WILL see you soon! Wooo hoo!, thank YOU! xxoo

February 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterSara Janssen

Great story, and congrats on the install! One more vegetarian RV on the road thanks to Matt!!

OK, now time to get to the Hill Country! We have sunshine and a beautiful river waiting for y'all!!


February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKev & Angie

I am constantly amazed by how many families are on the road. We often have folks tells us that it's great we're living nomadically, since we don't have kids. I love being able to point these naysayers to living and roaming examples of kids being raised awesomely on the road. Very inspiring, and gives me hope for the future.

- Cherie

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherie @Technomadia

I actually popped on over here because of the "Organic Sister." ;) I really love the pictures you took and the fun you guys seemed to have--you both posted lovely things.

I'll definitely be coming back. :)

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

We're in Barnesville, Georgia (rural, middle Georgia on a sort of "idle acres" farm with a large garden, some solar power, a few goats, a John Deere and plenty of wood for a bonfire!) and would be honored to have y'all or them or EVERYONE for a jamboree. We have 41 acres we can party on!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Odom

cute video. they are adorable.i'm so excited for them. from what i've read on her blog, she's such a wise young lady. i look forward to hearing about what they learn and how they grow. yay for another nomad on the road. i can't wait until it's our turn but it's also a TON of fun doing the research and dreaming. funny thing...i'm the type-A planner with the laid back, fixer husband. i'm seeing a trend here :)

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterolivia

I've followed your various blogs for several years, and I always get so much out of them. They just make me smile! This post was no exception because my family had a Brave (a little older than the one here) and I spent my childhood traveling all over in it. I have such great memories of that little Winnebago!

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