If the first year or so of my vagabond life was all about hitting the road and seeing the sights, this year was all about connecting with friends and meeting new ones.
I stepped out of my comfort zone twice in a big way, for a writers conference in March and an RV women-only gathering in May, and both gave me friends and laughter and connections that continued long after the weekends were over.
I camped with friends more this year, from South Carolina and North Carolina to Tennesee and Indiana, and to Colorado, British Columbia, and Washington.
In Pennsylvania this summer, I gathered with one of my oldest tribes, a motley crew of runners and ex-runners who found each other on the internet back when listserv was the thing.
I’m grateful I had the time and energy and means to see so many of you this year. It’s been the highlight, many times over, of my 2019.
That’s the beauty of the Internet… we’re no longer tied to our communities by physical connections.