Salida 4th of July Xscapers Convergence
July 15, 2019
Who: The Xscapers is a community within Escapees RV club created for working-aged RVers.
What: Every month or so Xscapers hosts a convergence where members camp together and go on adventures exploring the area.
When: June 30-July 7, 2019
Where: Chaffe County Fairgrounds in Salida, Colorado
Why: Full-time RV living can be lonely without your tribe. We really feel that we have found our people at convergences.
How: Click here to join the fun
After spending the night before the convergence at the Poncha Springs Visitors Center where we dumped, we got to the fairgrounds. Always show up to convergences with full fresh tanks and empty black and gray tanks!
We excitedly said, “Put us in the solar section!” and set up for the week.
The first night of convergences is so much fun. Not only do you get to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while, or since the last convergence, you get to meet new people and welcome them into the Xscapers family.
Roller Skating RVers
This first night was a little different though. Apparently, there had never been an enclosed, large cement area before. Before I knew it, at least 10 different Xscapees came in with their roller skates and made a night of it! We talk often about how much we all have had to downsize for this lifestyle, but apparently roller skates made the cut for a lot of people!
As with most convergences, the days are left unscheduled so people can get work done. We weren’t as disciplined this time and spent our days hanging out with our friends. We did manage to squeeze in a few workouts from our trainer, Benny and even convinced a few friends to join us.
4th of July
Somehow, our fearless leader, J.P., managed to get us a spot as the anchor in the town’s 4th of July parade. We were even in the Mountain Mail newspaper! It has been quite a number of years since I carried a flag in a parade so it was a thrill to carry the Xscapers banner in this one. We had a tractor pulling a fifth wheel pulling a jeep pulling a Casita pulling a wagon of candy pulling a girl on roller skates. We were quite a sight!
After the parade, we enjoyed music in the park as the Arkansas River rolled by in the background. I couldn’t have asked for a better 4th of July.
I made it back to camp before the fireworks started so we could spend the night with Z in case the loud booms were bothering him.
Friends Old and New
I love how convergences give us the chance to reconnect. This convergence, we really got to know people we had only casually met at previous convergences. Because the days are free, we scheduled a day trip out to St. Elmo Ghost town with Lyssa and David and Chuck and Michelle. Learn more about the town here. It was fun to explore new places with new people.
Lance has documented his journey as a Veteran and how the RV community has provided that sense of comradery he has been missing since his time in the ARMY. You can read more about that in our blog here. This convergence allowed him to connect with other Veterans on the road and share the struggles of post-military life.
After every convergence, I walk away with a whole list of things to explore: places to go, things to blog about. Although I am a bit sleep deprived of all the good times, I am excited to find more of “my people” to stay in touch with and hopefully camp with down the road.