Accidental Snowbirds

Salida 4th of July Xscapers Convergence

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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

Still riding the excitement from our first convergence in Taos and Santa Fe, we rolled into Salida, Colorado two weeks early to enjoy the area.

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. 

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We even had an escort to our site. Classy!

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. 

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There is always a hashtag for the convergence so everybody can share their pictures.

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!

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An impromptu roller skating party.

Daytime Entertainment

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.

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It felt good to work off all of the potluck food we consumed over the week.

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!

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I even got to dust off my rodeo queen wave! Photo Credit: Xscapers

 

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.

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Fun with friends in the park. Photo Credit: Xscapers

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. 

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Any day ending with friends and ice cream is a great day!

Veterans Connecting

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. 

We got to hang out with Laura and John from Hebard’s Travels, Dan and Jan from Dan and Jen Nevada and Traci and Travis of Going With the Flow RV Adventures.

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Where we got to hang out with new friends.

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. 

4 comments on “Salida 4th of July Xscapers Convergence

Awe. It was wonderful meeting you both and Z too of course. Excited for the day that our paths cross again.

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Lance

Z loves you guys.

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We loved hanging out with you guys and can’t wait to meet up again!!

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Lance

Soon, we will meet again.

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