Timing is everything! We believe whole heartedly in serendipitous travel, knowing that God/Universe is orchestrating everything to work out for us. When people ask our kids what their favourite part of long term travel is, the most likely answer is “the people”. We might be a family predominantly made up of introverts, but we are in no way unsociable (that’s a common assumption by extroverts…that introverts aren’t social. That just isn’t true!)
One of my intentions for travel this winter was to meet and connect more deeply with other full-time big family travellers. Its been a challenge over the past few years with travelling, I must admit. Most full-time travellers we’ve met tend to be retirees or young couples without children. Or if there are children they are much younger than ours…preschoolers. You know, people think that opportunities to travel will be non-existent once they they have children or at least they should travel before the kids have to go to school. None of that is really true. Children certainly do change travel, but instead of detracting from it they add a whole new perspective to it.
We l-o-v-e meeting all types of travellers. Some of our best experiences have been with college students on vacation, or seniors who have so much life experience. But I’ve just been yearning for some connections with larger families, and I think our kids have been hungry to make some new friends. Big family travellers.
When we meet up with a travelling family there’s often an immediate bond. We identify with each other as if we’re in the “same boat”. Double great when its a big family …because everyone knows we’re just a whole different species of family!
Not Ready to Leave
We had been planning to leave Bahía de los Ángeles for days but neither Everette nor I felt like it was the right timing. We stayed for a total of 10 days which was about a week longer than we had anticipated upon our arrival! The last two days there we spent quality and big quantities of time with Geoff and Janine and their 2 young daughters, new friends from ‘back home’ on Vancouver Island, BC.
Both families moved on to Guerrero Negro, meeting up again at Villa Maria Isabel RV Park for one night before heading out to Ojo de Liebre and whale watching.
After settling in camp at Liebre I realized it was Everette’s birthday in just a few days; Everette decided he’d like to stay there to celebrate. Geoff and Janine were heading back into Guerrero Negro the following day so I gave them money to purchase a birthday cake…and asked if they’d be around to help us celebrate. Sure, they were up to partying with us so we all planned to stay a total of 4 nights here.
On the final evening Everette met Larry who was into bird watching. Besides informing us of the local birds he told us that he had met a wonderful traveling family with 6 kids. They should be arriving that very night; we should keep a lookout for them. Of course we would!
But they didn’t show up.
The following morning we slowly packed up the skoolie dragging our feet a little bit, unusual for us early-risers. Geoff and Janine headed out.
Our Choices Change Everything
I headed out in Scout (our tow-vehicle we don’t tow) towards the camp exit but on the way I noticed a man walking alongside a big rig.
I pulled over. “Hey, are you the dude with the 6 kids?” He’s probably been asked this a million times. “Yeah!” So I quickly introduce myself. Not only have we heard about them, but they’ve heard of us, too! His wife and 5 of his kids just got back from whale watching with Larry who was just telling them about us!
Everette and I hop out of our vehicles and start chatting up a storm with Ryan, Melissa and some of their kids. Our kids start popping out, too. A staunch German fellow from the campsite down the way comes over to complain about the bus engine running so Everette and I both jump in our vehicles to properly park. I radiod him. “There’s nothing saying we have to leave. Should we just go back to our camping spot?” And so we did.
It took nothing for the Browns and Johnsons to meld together. When we were finally pulling out to leave 2 days later they weren’t far behind us. We had convinced them that even with their busy schedule and need to head back to the USA they really ought to check out Bahía Concepcion; its a great destination for kayakers…they’ve got 2 kayaks. Perfecto!
Another week on the beach south of Mulege.
With eleven kids between us there was constant activity. Games, arts, crafts, music, movies, midnight kayaking, swimming in bioluminescence, mud slides, bike riding, how-to-eat-tamales. Geoff and Janine showed up 2 days later so there were 13 kids. Ages 1, 3, 4, 7, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17. Nobody was left out.
Eventually it was time to say our goodbyes. Or rather, our see you later. The kids already figured out places where our paths are likely to cross back in the USA. Besides, serendipity will work it all out. It already has, bring big family travellers together.
P.S. Melissa was over at the neighbouring community of houses when she was asked, “What are you?” Not understanding the question she said, “What do you mean?”
“What are you?” Melissa was still puzzled.
“Are you Jehovah Witnesses? We see you women, and all those children! And the big bus. Are you JW?”
No we aren’t, but we sure got a good laugh out of that!
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