Friday, August 8

If you have a blog.....

....You may actually have people who read it.
Rembert's

Last week while Joey was at work (back on the pipeline) there was a knock at the bus door. When I opened it, in my JAMMIES, a couple was standing there and introduced themselves as Tom and Nancy from Florida, and said that he has actually been reading my blog for a couple years!! I was shocked, first because I didn't think anyone other than unschooling mom's read it, and secondly because he found us! They were traveling in Colorado in their RV and after reading my last post about Rifle Falls State Park, decided to check it out. Third shock, is someone actually LISTENED to me! He may not have actually listened, but he liked my photos enough to have to see it for himself. He tried swimming in the creek like our kids but determined they were Superkids with an unnatural liking to glacier water.

For some reason I wasn't freaked out AT ALL. I probably should have been, but they were such a nice couple, have a Bluebird bus of their own, although theirs is a Wanderlodge, not a wanna-be...plus they wanted to take us out to dinner. How could we NOT like them?

When Joey got home we swam in the lake with them, while Nancy kept a keen eye out for gators, being from Florida and all, but what she really had to watch out for were the biting fish....and bite they did. Right after I bragged how I've never been bit by one, I had one try to rip a mole off my chest. Ooo, it still hurts just thinking about it.

They treated us to fried pickles, huge burgers and pizza at the local bar and grill, and since the RV park was full they headed on down the road after supper. They've invited us to their lake house in Florida whre they plan on turning our kids into waterskiers....we can't wait!

Now I'm wondering who else reads this that I don't know about? Can I have a roll call, please? A simple, "I do" will be fine. Thanks!

54 comments:

zamozo said...

Um, I do. But you knew that.

Caren said...

I do. I can't remember where I linked from, but I thought your life and story sounds so interesting that I dropped you into my reader. So, HI! from Long Beach, CA.

Annie said...

I do! Annie (from Seattle-ish)

Jody said...

I do.

Is it not strange to be recognized from your blog??

Andrea R said...

So... if you ever come to Canada, we have a big yard, and a lake. :D Just head on up to Maine, then hang a right.

littlecastle said...

I do! Your one of the people that inspired me to become a FOTR. The Show (Showalter) famiy

Megan said...

I do but we are planted in Oregon. I think we have an unschoolers conference out here ;)

SML said...

Me, the husband & the seven year old dream of road trips like yours - but we're waiting for the 19 month old to get a little older. So for now we do our thing in Silicon Valley CA, read your blog and go splash in the American River on the occasional summer weekend

Ze Happy Buckley Tribe said...

I do too! We actually found you on the FOTR website. We hope to one day become a FOTR too.

diana(hahamommy) said...

I do!! And one day I'm gonna crawl out from under my rock and come see you, too :) That'll be freaky & without dinner :D

Michelle said...

I have enjoyed hearing about your travels and adventures.
MIchelle

Anonymous said...

I do! I actually 'de-lurked' a couple weeks ago and I really admire your lifstlye. I would easily take the plunge, but my better half is planted with DEEP roots ;) So I live vicariously through your blog. So glad you share with... all us internetters!!!
Melissa in Maryland

Christy said...

I do, Christy from Texas. We really want to be a FOTR!

Pittsburgh Midwife said...

I do! Michele in Pittsburgh, PA. Radical Unschooling family of Mum, Dad, almost 5 year old son and two cats!

We're just waiting for the right time to sell everything and hit the road...maybe our paths shall cross in the future -- when they do, dinner is on us :)

Heather's Moving Castle said...

You know I read all your updates, so does Cliff. We went to the IA. State Fair today and had fun looking at the RVs. The pull behinds are very inexpensive right now. We thought about you all! Glad you had a nice stalking experience. :)

~Heather

Travis said...

I do But you already knew that and maybe one day we will do the same thing we move enough we should just live on the road but who knows.....

Travis

blackbird said...

I do - no idea how I found you...

Stephanie said...

I do. I live vicariously through your blog, but I am a chicken and chickens don't like winter time in Alberta or we would be in our
5th wheel with hubby who is also pipeliner. Steph

Deanne said...

I think you already know that I read your blog, and enjoy life on the road vicariously through you. We're in FL too, so if you head down this way, give us a holler!

HeyJulieMama said...

i do. we're a homeschool stationary family with wanderlust hearts. : )

Anonymous said...

I do! Just wishing i could figure a way to finance a permanent road trip

Anonymous said...

I do. Must have been a link of a link.....etc that led me to you. Have been reading for maybe a year. Thanks for sharing!!

Boston, MA

Anonymous said...

I DO!!!
My mom also checks in from time to time. My mom and I sold everythng and we were going to hit the road with my 3 kid's but something came up and it got put off. So now were trying to find a way to make it happen. We love your blogs. We wish you well, have fun and maybe someday we'll run in to you.

Peg said...

I do! Surprise! lol
Peg
Stuck in Houston but making changes.

TX Doodler said...

I do! (Coming out of lurkdom) Found you on the FOTR website. You are in inspiration!

Amanda M said...

I do. Have been since last year when this dream was possible. Life has changed dramatically since then but I still enjoy your blog, especially the pictures ! Your kids are adorable.

Cincerely said...

I do. Don't have kids -- but am enjoying the view yours are getting.

Bill said...

I've enjoyed your adventures. I'm envious!

BREAD4Adventure

califmom said...

You're on my blogroll.

Snavleys said...

So cool! I love how the universe connects everything! Well, you know I read but isn't amazing how many people do? Kev got 72 comments on his essay about his experience in public school and we are totally blown away! You live a very unique lifestyle that is fun to read about!

Anonymous said...

I do and found you through a friend of a friend. but what a small world - because i used to read blackbird all the time and she reads you too!!

Madeline said...

I do, as you know. I can not believe all these other people! Cool.

Anonymous said...

Add us to the list, too. We're a stationary (for now) family of 5 from BC. You have a very cool lifestyle, and your fabulous pictures were what drew us to your site in the first place. Thanks for sharing your adventures!

Anonymous said...

You blog is great! I first check it out after you emailed the Maui Homeschool group.

Diane

karrie said...

I've been a lazy blogger and reader lately, but I'm still here! On a different sort of journey right now, but always dreaming and scheming.

And maybe someday I'll pull a Tom and Nancy--if people stop hitting my freaking car long enough to go on another road trip.

Erin said...

Hi, I linked from, um, somewhere and love the idea of roadschooling, but can't convince my husband of it, so I read your blog instead. :)

Anonymous said...

I do!!! Found you on FOTR website. I love reading about your adventures.

Vicki said...

I'm shocked, I'm thrilled, I'm speechless! You guys are amazing....thank you so much!

Rum Runner said...

I read it - I link to it from hopalog.com. I don't have children (a direct lie, they are over 25 years old) but I think that what you are doing is FANTASTIC and wished I had done it when my children were younger.

I also use your blog and hopalogs to encourage me to have a more nomadic life before I die.

thriftymom said...

I love your blog and love to read about all your travels. Found your link through FOTR, unschooling family here in WI that dreams of packing it all up and leaving forever and seeing this great country we live in. Right now its only a dream but I don't want to give it up either.

Sean said...

We read it and love it. We sold everything, are traveling through Latin America for the year, and homeschool our 2 children.

Leisa said...

I do (from Florida)

Anonymous said...

I do read your blog!
Francesca from Italy

Mama Podkayne said...

We're in Iowa, we found you through Zamozo!

lydia joy said...

I just started reading your blog, I found you through Radical Unschoolers Network, and was hooked right away, as we are hoping in a few years to live on the road for a bit, however, like someone else on here said, we are waiting for our 1 year old to get a bit older!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to meet you guys in real life! I've been reading for a while and LOVE your pictures and adventures!

Another FOTR....Bryce

gypsy la sal said...

I DO! Fellow FOTR & unschooler... You are eeking mighty close to my neck of the woods... let me know if you guys pass through!

Teri said...

I do! I want to be on the road so badly!! I have your blog linked to mine...it is under my favorite blogs to read. You guys are living my dream....maybe one day :)
Teri in Utah at www.joyfulliberation.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Parks said...

I do off and on when I have time. If I ever decided to visit, I would certainly let you know ahead of time though! ;)

Heidicrafts said...

I had, then I didn't, and now I am again.

Best wishes for Joey's recovery after his accident this week.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog tonight. Great blog! Love the pictures and your writing. We homeschool and we have an RV. We hope to be able to hit the road one day. We just don't know how to go about making money on the road yet. My dh works in a hospital:)

I'm from Louisiana...

Anonymous said...

We actually know some of the same people - Kati & Vern, Steve & Bryce - and I've been on FOTR for a few years now and have always thought you had a cool site. Our site is www.homeschoolblogger.com/campingfamily

Hope your family is doing better and Joey is recovering quickly. I'd love to get together if we're ever close by sometime.

Gayle, Eddy & Abby Bennett

WorldschoolerFam said...

Just found you today when googling Unschooling Blogs. Howdy from a family (currently) in Scottsdale, AZ (by way of North Carolina, By way of San Francisco, By way of upstate NY, by way of Indiana). Sorry we missed you when you were in town!

Looking forward to following your adventures!

Brooke (Siayla) said...

I just found your blog as we prepare for a 4 1/2 month first trip in April. Not full time yet persay but after we return home for a year we will most likely hit the road again and maybe on a more permanent basis. I haven't read through to much of your blog but I plan on grabbing a cup of tea and reading for awhile :)

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