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NuRVers Gathering 2010: Day 4

I can’t believe it’s already the last day of the rally! The time has flown by...and I’m wishing that we had just a few more days here now that we’re all really getting to know each other well. We are just getting to the good stuff! There are only a handful of people leaving tomorrow, so I guess we will have another day! We've already started making plans to meet back up with everyone at other places around the country. We truly have a "new family"! Or should I say a "Nü Family"? tee hee.

Every morning around 9:00 a.m. NST (nomadic standard time), the morning lovers gather to have their coffee (notice I don't have any photos of this...I was still in bed!). The park slowly comes to life after that as people come out of their warm and cozy homes to embrace this amazing community that has formed over the last 4 days.

This morning’s event was the much – anticipated NuRVer’s Swap Meet. Everyone brought their unwanted stuff and we laid it all out for inspection. Bartering, trading, selling…you name it and it was happenin’. Everything from TV screens to flashlights to jewelry to handmade salves. Bella even joined in on the action by trading her artwork for goodies!

You would think that the purpose of this kind of event would be to rid yourself of excess items in your RV. However, we ended up with MORE stuff coming home with us than we brought! Ooops. Oh well…it’s all good stuff and we had a blast. One of the highlights for us was getting a massage by the fabulous Tara. Ahhhhhhh....just what we needed.

The afternoon brought an ice cream social hosted by Kev and Angie...along with an excellent round table discussion about everything "on the road" related. Technology, boondocking, mail forwarding, security, and more. Lots of great information was shared by "veteran full-timers" and newbies as well.

Next up was the  “Parade of Homes”! Everyone opened up their home so that others could get a glimpse into their life and be inspired by different floor plans, storage ideas, and office spaces. It was great!! Everyone’s rig is so unique…and each person has different priorities as to their “must have” items. On the tour, we saw an espresso machine, a sewing machine, jewelry making supplies, turtle habitat, and more. All things that we don’t have with us…but that are important to other people. The lesson learned? You can make your life on the road be whatever you want it to be!

After that we congregated for another happy hour...we ate delicious appetizers, had yummy drinks, and danced to some sweet tunes. And then...we all lined up for a group photo to capture everyone forever together. Whenever I look at this photo, I get a happy feeling inside! Click here to see the larger version of the photo. Click here to see us behaving ourselves :)

Supper was a “free for all” again…and it was just as delish as the previous nights. My favorite dish? The raw vegan chocolate avocado mousse pie with strawberries. HELLO!? I don’t know many RV rallies in the country that you can go to and get gourmet raw desserts. We’re lovin’ it. Thanks Brice and Rose!!

Kevin handed out several prizes and gave his final speech for the rally. Technomadia gave us some cool stickers that say “When I grow up, I want to be me”.  Thanks guys!

The last thing I did before I headed in for the night was have Rose teach me a hula hoop trick (yay!!) and Cherie taught me 2 different poi spinning moves (don’t worry, no fire!). She taught Bella as well! We're having so much fun living in community with others who can teach us new things daily. I think we'll be making our own "practice poi" soon!

Tomorrow we will say goodbye to a few and the rest of our group will head down the road over the next week. This event has been life-changing for so many and it will not soon be forgotten. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

We’re also excited to start chatting around the “virtual campfire” over at the NuRVers forums…hope everyone will join us there!

More photos of our exciting day here.

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Reader Comments (10)

We hope to be in that picture next year!!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThat Crazy Family

We hope to be there next year. This looks like too much fun!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Schipper

I wish I was there to learn some hoop moves. When I saw your hoop stored on the ceiling in one of your posts, I ordered myself one and I love it. I show it to my friends and they all say they can't do it and then I tell them not to worry because the heavier and bigger they are, the easier they are to use and then they fall in love with mine. Have fun!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny L.

oh my goodness! what a good time you guys have been having! i have been following you for a while now and it's so neat to see you in texas. magnolia cafe...mmm...: )

i had emailed you a while back about our skateboarding ministry. we are not closer to actually living on the road, but we are shooting for a 3 week tour in august! i am so excited!

we may have to come visit you guys while you're in gonzalez. there is a state park we were thinking of visiting over mother's day weekend- doing some camping.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermandi

I love the looks of that chocolate mousse pie! I'll head over to the recipe...I have to say, Sarah, that even though I found your green smoothie challenge just this spring, my son and I are on week two of it and it's awesome. I'm not going vegan or even vegetarian, but I'm definitely working to incorporate more RAW into our diet. You've inspired me to read more about it, and I realize the principles of the Nourishing Traditons/Weston Price folks fits well with the RAW folks, in that both encourage a lot of raw and fermented foods. I'm reading Carol Alt's book now, in which she has some raw meat recipes. I like that she's a raw dairy and meat eater too, as (being a blood type B) dairy is a great food for me and makes me feel good. Thanks for opening up a new world for us! My 13-year old son with Aspergers is loving the green smoothies and keeps me motivated to make them everyday! It seems to be helping his health a lot, as kids with ASD do tend to not detox as easily on their own.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Z

you have such a beautiful life. i long to be 'alive' and live with such freedom.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I apologize for eating more than my share of that pie. Ha
Amazing rally... such a variety of people, talent, lifestyles, beliefs, appetites, thirst? lol and RV's.
I am making my reservation before I leave this year!
Thank you so much Sara for capturing so much of the essence of this gathering and for not posting a pic of my back room!!

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