Yesterday I enjoyed a two-hour Christmas Day meal with my friends Jim and Joan. They drove the about 90 miles one way from Quartzsite in their towed vehicle to meet with me and returned to Quartzsite after our meal together. Like many friends in my full-time RVing life, we cross paths only occasionally. I last saw them here in Yuma in December, 2009..
I originally met them in 1995 just before I started my full-timing lifestyle. I met them through a gal I was seeing at the time. The gal wandered off, but Jim and Joan and I remained friends. They still own a home in Lacey, Washington so technically they are part-time RVers. In 2009 they accomplished a 50 week trip to the east coast. They spend much of the year on the road. It was Jim and Joan who “showed me the ropes” of RVing in the desert Southwest back in the Winter of 1995-96. We caravan-ed for several weeks together during which time they introduced me to Slab City, Yuma, Quartzsite, Las Vegas and Death Valley. I started RVing in 1962 and they started in 1958!
Jim and Joan look terrific for being in their late 70’s.
Despite the fact we do not see each other or communicate every day, like many others, we remain good friends. If you are not aware, when RVers part company they do not say good-bye, but rather “SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD!
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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