It’s all about the friends

After all, what does it matter where we live as long as we have friends? The last weeks before we leave an area always seem to be filled with special times and meals with friends and family. The really neat thing about that is that some of the people we’ve known for years and others have joined us along the way. Many are a direct result of our full time RV lifestyle.

Last week, we drove to Salina to meet with Chuck and Mavis Parnell, who live near Bennington, KS. We met them a year ago last summer in Colorado and had an immediate bond because they’re Kansans. It was nice to see them in their home and eat Mavis’s made-from-scratch pumpkin pie.

Just before we left to meet Parnells, we had a visit from Eldon and Sharon Orrell from Barnes, KS. They were just doing a trial run to be sure they would be able to find our place later this week in their RV. We haven’t spent much time with them in nearly 50 years but it seems as though we just left them yesterday when we start up a conversation.

Part of what made LeRoy’s airbag project easier was that he was able to borrow anything he needed but didn’t own from Bob Ward, another Eagle owner. Not that we needed an excuse to eat with them, but we took them out for dinner as a way to say thank you for their help. Bob and Karen have decided to park their bus and put it on the market, so we won’t be seeing them on the road this winter.

Another couple we caught up with have just bought a new toy hauler fifth wheel and we had to inspect it! For anyone who doesn’t know, a toy hauler is an RV that has a compartment in the back that is big enough for their ATVs while travelling but can be converted into living or sleeping space when they are parked for the winter in Yuma. They left Saturday so they have a head start on us.

When we are here near Sedgwick, we almost always eat Sunday lunch with Heidi and Tim and their family and today was no exception, although Tim was at work. We’ll miss those opportunities, especially since the kids are growing up so fast and are busy with their own lives. Tomorrow we will catch up with our newly-married granddaughter Jordan and her husband Marc. They’ve had a busy fall and we haven’t had much time with the two of them.

We’re clearing our social calendar this week and will be doing all the last minute finishing tasks before leaving a week from tomorrow. Hitch itch is getting the best of us!

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