Most of you know how we are about planning ahead. We just really like to take each day as it comes, but when we found out the Fulltime Families Rally would be in Colorado we decided to start planning. We drove from Cortez, Colorado through the Rocky Mountains to Montrose.
Marcus and Caroline were especially excited to attend the rally. After we set up we were greeted by fellow fulltimers. Some have been traveling for over two years while others have only been on the road a couple of weeks. Caroline made a tie-dyed Fulltime Family t-shirt and we met new friends and I was able to connect to a couple families whose blogs I have followed for months. It is so nice to meet people in person who I feel like I already know from reading there thoughts and feelings about this crazy dream we call life. We shared dessert and experiences on our first evening. First thing the next day we helped Yoggie raise the flag and say the pledge.
On July 4th we decorated our bikes for the bike parade! What fun. The staff at Jellystone in Montrose added to the excitement.
Caroline decided to enter Cloe in the pet contest. Cloe won for Sweetest pet.
Marcus and Cali each made special connections with other children. It is amazing in a few short days how connected you can become to people who share passions and beliefs in God and family. The rally attendees were so accepting. We all respect each others differences and embrace our likenesses.
Caroline and I attended a tea party. It was fun to dress up and put on makeup. Marcus and his dad spent some quality time completing a scavenger hunt. I attended a cooking class where I learned to make brown sugar scrub, foam soap, lip balm and lotion. Some of these moms are so talented and have such wonderful spirits. We toured each others homes. I have several new projects for Marc.
We enjoyed life like traditional neighbors would. Cali had the best time collecting and observing crickets with the cute little boy down the street. Marcus and his new friends played with legos and it was a treat for all of us to go out to dinner with friends whom it seemed as if we had known for years.
For the big finale there was a Luau Prom. We all shared and meal, great times and even some dancing. It really was hard to say good-bye to these inspirational people. I wish we could have spent more time with each family. Everyone we met was so willing to share their stores and their time with us. The families whose blogs I have followed are even more inspirational now that I have connected with them in a personal way. The newer fulltimers respark my spirit of adventure. We live in such a great country to all be able to live our lives the way we choose. We really hope to meet these kindred spirits down the road!