Heidi and I have always enjoyed meeting up with other travelers along the way! Some have been chance meetings with like-minded folks, but most have been with friends we know from our involvement in various groups, blogs, and forums online.
The cute little rig above was our friend in Port Angeles, Gary's last live in. He has now upsized to a full sized Chevy Van, but we were so impressed with "Baby" and his talents for making such a small place comfortable. "Small space", perspectives are a funny thing :)
I mentioned Gary first since he had a home base in the same town as my Dad's place is located. The picture above was taken at Freshwater Bay a mile from Dad's driveway. We really miss that area! Before and after Gary, we had/have met many of our online friends on the road or at a gathering here and there. I can't recommend this type of meetup enough! There is always something to learn, always great memories to share, and always wonderful friendships made.
Many of our online friends are still in planning stages as well. One such friend, and quite a character, is known as Cap, or Captain Van Dweller to be specific. We are on our last day of a visit with him at his place in here in Kentucky and have had a wonderful time getting to know him better! He is a bit camera shy however so trying to post a picture of him here is a futile effort at best!
It is always interesting to see how a person is in real life that you have only conversed with online. We have been surprised to find that over and over, people are very similar to how we guessed they would be. Even the super secretive ones like Cap, who does of course have a real name but prefers his privacy and we respect that.
Be careful of course, take any precautions that make sense, but if you get the chance to share a campfire or meal with a fellow traveler, go for it! You may find another life long friend!