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RVillage Rally 2020 - We Loved Meeting You!

The Boondockers Welcome team got together last week at the RVillage "Spirit of the Road" Rally at the beautiful Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. We had such an amazing time! For those of you who missed it, here's the summary.

A Rally & Retreat

Boondockers Welcome is a small team, and being RVers we're often on the road! So it was great for us to find an opportunity for us all to get together. The rally marked the first time that Marianne & Anna got to meet Carrie in person, so that was very special. We had such a great time that we're talking about trying to make this an annual "Boondockers Welcome" retreat.

Boondockers Welcome Staff at BoothThe amazing Boondockers Welcome Team together at our booth in the Vendor's Village

Marainne's Master Class

Thursday morning we started things off with a bang with Marianne's Masterclass Seminar on finding free camping. The place was packed, standing room only!

Standing room only at Marianne's SeminarMarianne outlined her 20-year history of RVing on the free and cheap in some of the most scenic places on the continent, and gave a comprehensive overview of the best resources to help find free places to camp in North America.

You can see her list of resources here if you're interested.

Marianne presenting at her seminar

Boondockers Welcome did indeed get a slide or two, and we were able to take an opportunity to have the amazing hosts we had in attendance stand up so we could thank them with a round of applause. And we were thrilled and honored when several of our members, both hosts and guests, got up afterward and shared their experiences with the crowd.

Evening Entertainment

There was entertainment every evening with multiple options to choose from, but we particularly enjoyed socializing on the main field while listening to live music and enjoying the warmth of the amazing Firebirds, the metal sculptures by artist Charlie Blackcat Smith that double as campfires. 

The FIrebirds metal fire sculpturesThe Firebirds

A Boondockers Welcome Happy Hour

We know that Boondockers Welcome is all about community, so we had to invite all our members, old, new and future, to come join us at a happy hour.

Boondockers Welcome Happy Hour

We had some beer, wine, soda, water and snacks to share, and the weather cleared up just in time for us to have a grand old party! Anna had flown down from Kitchener, Ontario for the occasion and was staying in one of the cabins at the park, so we partied in front of it for a solid 2 hours on Friday afternoon, which just happened to be Valentine's Day. The "We Love Our Members" get together was a rousing success that we hope to repeat in future years!

Boondockers Welcome Happy Hour

Meet and Greet with The RVers

To cap off the weekend, we attended the Meet & Greet with the cast of the RVers TV show, airing on Discovery and PBS. This show has an amazing cast, an amazing production team, and some amazing sponsors. (Did we mention we're one of them?)

And there was a question from the audience about whether "unconventional camping" options like Boondockers Welcome might be featured in an upcoming episode, and the answer was Yes! You heard it here first folks! :-)

Our Greatest Thanks

A giant thank you goes out from us to everyone who made this rally such a great experience, including Curtis Coleman, the founder of RVillage who tirelessly puts together the rally, along with his staff; to the amazing members that we met there, with a special shout out to Larry and Rose Ann who represented us at a previous rally and went above and beyond to help us with our happy hour and so many other things; and to our significant others - Randy, Alden, and Ed - who were either there with us helping out, or at home taking care of kids so that we could all be there together. We love you all, and we hope to see you next year!

Comments

  • Aircommuter

    Aircommuter  

    Hopefully you will have next get together on the west side of the country.
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 02/24/2020 4:18 p.m. moderator  

    Yes, we will definitely try to do that. :)
  • dadesigns4u

    dadesigns4u  

    It was wonderful meeting you all in person, and I particularly enjoyed my laundromat chat with Marianne on Sunday :-)
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 02/25/2020 2:01 p.m. moderator  

    Yes, that was fun! Nice speaking with you as well Dan!
  • Alton-Paula

    Alton-Paula  

    I enjoyed Marianns presentation and talked to several members at the meet and greet. We joined up as host/guest and all ready have our first guest scheduled. I also have scheduled my first stay close to one of my granddaughters softball tournaments. If your ever in West Fla look us up at CJs Roost.
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 03/01/2020 10:16 a.m. moderator  

    That is so great to hear! Welcome to the BW family! :)
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